I have a Seth Thomas mantle clock that my parents got back in 1956 (I was 2 years old) I remember hearing this clock all my life. I have an issue with the face plate. I was polishing up the brass and had taped off the numbers so as not to damage them, however, the inner surface of the ring is textured and came of on the tape, much to my surprise. How can I repair that? I was also thinking of striping and refinishing the case. Am I likely to make it worse than better? I am not sure how these were finished or if they can take any sanding once stripped. I do have a LPHV srpay gun and am not afraid to use it. Woodworking is a hobby of mine so I have all the supplies and tools. I just don't want to step into something that may have pitfalls I am not aware of.