Flakig Dial-Dusty-How To Clean?

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  1. popeye

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    I I bought a clock that had no glass in bezel. It is flaking in areas and the dial is dirty/dusty. Any recommendations on how to clean it?
    Thanks
    It is dusty-curious how to clean or remove dirt.Thanks.
     
  2. Willie X

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    The choices are pretty much: to enjoy it like it is, or have it restored.
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  3. shutterbug

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    You could try a very soft paint brush to remove some of the dirt, but if the dial is flaking some of that will come off too.
     
  4. klokwiz

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    #4 klokwiz, Jul 17, 2017
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    popeye,

    it depends, what is the dial made of? Since you said it has bezel with no glass it is likely a mantel type clock. Most have paper dials, others ceramic fired dials.

    first step would be to lightly brush dial with a soft horsehair brush, this will lift any loose dirt from dial regardless what type.. As was mentioned if the dial is coming apart you will lose some dial so be careful. Best thing is to go slow and keep an eye (popeye) on what is coming off.

    If the dial is paper the best approach is to brush off dirt. do not brush it in but brush to lift dirt off surface. There are commercial paper cleaners you can use but only after brushing.

    if your dial is ceramic, brush it first. then try a little water to clean any spots. taking care not to rub hard and to be sure that any print or numbering is not being removed. some dials have unfired ink numbering, very delicate.

    If your dial is silver colored it may be silvered and will be damaged by any abrasive or cleaner. bush it and only use water on any spots to see if they will lift. gently with a q-tip
    Joe
     
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    Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought the OP meant that the glass was missing, not that there never was glass in the bezel.

    But as I said, perhaps I misunderstood.

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  6. popeye

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    thanks all
     
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    popeye,

    what no feedback , no photos?? call me, sometime??

    Joe
     
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