Cleaning Silvered Dial

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  1. sylvester12

    sylvester12 Registered User

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    Is there a way to clean a tarnished silver dial without taking the black numbers or lettering off the dial.
     
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    As with most things... It depends.
    Without knowing quite a bit more, it won't be possible to answer your question.
    What kind of clock and how is the black applied. Could we get some pictures?
    If there is no clear coating on the dial and the numbers are wax-filled engravings that aren't crazed or cracked, most silver cleaners will work fine. Just go lightly.
    I like a light application of Tarn-X followed by a thorough wiping with a rag lightly whetted with denatured alcohol and then a coat of carnuba wax to seal it.

    Always test to be sure you won't do any unforseen damage.
     
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    It's a Gilbert banjo clock made sometime after 1927. I tried a small spot with silver cleaner but didn't go near the black numbers etc. I would imagine the black is painted but not sure, here's pictures of the dial.

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    #4 Bruce Alexander, Jul 23, 2018
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    A Cream of Tartar paste applied with gentle finger pressure or a soft cloth and water will safely clean and brighten a silvered dial. I wouldn't use any type of polish or even a very mild abrasive. Chances are you'll lose the "frosted" silver finish if you go that route.
     
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    Thanks it turned out really good, great tip. I'll leave it like it is I don't want to press my luck.

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    Looks good, nice clock! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Appreciate the above info, and nice that it was on a recent post. I have (according to one Lenzkirch serial number listing) a late 1854 Lenzkirch 'open well' in excellent condition which I've had hanging for almost 40 years. It's now time for me to clean the case, the movement, get her up and runnin' and enjoy her for my few remaining years. But we all know that one's impression of a clock is first the "overall picture" and then a look at the face. This face has a pretty dark silvered chapter ring.
    I've read here several suggestions for cleaning a silvered dial. None seemed to fit my quest as the above. First I've heard of wax-filled numbers but the numbers and other black marks are in pretty good shape and would really not want to mess them up attempting to clean that 'silver.' Any further thoughts/suggestions/hints other than those above? Many thanks.

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    This will help.

     

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