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    Registered User Burkhard Rasch's Avatar
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    Default tutorial on resilvering brass dials

    I plan to resilver the dial of my 18thcent. english longcase clock.Is there a tutorial on this matter,how to proceed (wax first or silver first?) and where to get the materials.Thanks for any advice or tip.
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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: Burkhard Rasch)

    Check out this video - it covers more than you will be doing, but it shows the whole process quite well. I am not sure where to get all the materials.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpy5O0b7cL8


    Quote Originally Posted by Burkhard Rasch View Post
    I plan to resilver the dial of my 18thcent. english longcase clock.Is there a tutorial on this matter,how to proceed (wax first or silver first?) and where to get the materials.Thanks for any advice or tip.
    Burkhard

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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: Burkhard Rasch)

    Quote Originally Posted by Burkhard Rasch View Post
    I plan to resilver the dial of my 18thcent. english longcase clock.Is there a tutorial on this matter,how to proceed (wax first or silver first?) and where to get the materials.Thanks for any advice or tip.
    Burkhard

    I don't know if the search is fixed but I provided a link to a video of a guy doing this on a late 18th century dial last year. It is wax first and then silver. The prepared silver chloride is readily available from people like M&P, cream of tartar comes from a supermarket or a grocer. The wax is black sealing wax.

    Does it really need rewaxing? I've never had to rewax one yet.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: novicetimekeeper)

    it´s difficult to get an impression under artificial (flash-)light,but besides most of the hour marks the minute rim and the name plaque has allmost no traces of wax and isn´t readable from a distance of more than 1 meter.
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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: Burkhard Rasch)

    Has it gone or is it covered in brass polish residue? That's what that white looks like.

    The numerals seem to have held up well, I find that brass polish fills up the finer engraving.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: novicetimekeeper)

    This is the youtube clip I linked to before but I've seen another which might help too and will try to find it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1JxGUgcHnE
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: novicetimekeeper)

    This is the other one I was thinking of...

    http://www.davewestclocks.co.uk/silv...lock_dials.htm
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: novicetimekeeper)

    OK,I did it,not perfectly but sufficiently.One discoloration of the brass came through at the VII,but everything else went fine.The readability of the dial realy improved!Perhaps I´ll redo it in 250years...BTW I sprayed on one coat of a clear laquer to prevent re-tarnishing.
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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: Burkhard Rasch)

    I also use spray laxquer, I get it from RS Components it is for electrical circuits. I leave the dial for a week before lacquering in case and brown marks come up.

    You have done a fine job, it isn't much use if you can't easily tell the time!
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: tutorial on resilvering brass dials (By: novicetimekeeper)

    Looks great!

    I bought a kit and I'm awaiting an excuse to use it. I may just buy a dial face off ebay or the like to practice on.

    I have a 1770+- grandfather, and a 1830+-, but I'm afraid to screw those up.
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