My first base-station CB transceiver, somewhere around 1973,
was a used Lafayette Comstat 25A tube set, similar to the one
shown below. Mine was in nowhere near this kind of condition.
The paint on the front panel and cabinet were in poor shape,
so I disassembled the set, stripped and repainted the cabinet
in dark blue metallic, repainted the front panel in a two-tone
light blue and dark blue metallic scheme, and used red Dymo
labels to mark the controls. I also repainted my Turner "Plus
Three" desk mike to match. I used some nice black bakelite
knobs with brushed aluminum centers to replace the awful metal
ones that came with the radio. It was a really attractive set
when I was done with it! Unfortunately, the power transformer
went up in smoke a couple of years later, and I just scrapped
the radio. It wasn't worth repairing.