My first metal dial cleaning

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  1. f.webster

    f.webster Registered User
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    Dec 18, 2009
    Service/Restoration of Clocks and Mechanical Music
    Louisville, KY
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    If you know me...I am new to watches. This is my first attempt at metal dial cleaning.

    OK.. here is how it went.

    I used a mild hand soap in water that I tried to keep around 150 degrees. After the dial soaked for 4 or 5 minutes, I removed it from the water and soap and gently rubbed it with a clean q-tip. Then I reheated the water and returned the dial to soak. After four ...maybe five soak and rub rotations this is what it looks like... before and after. I am pleased with my first dial cleaning. Before and after...

    Dial Clean up.jpg
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  2. richiec

    richiec Registered User
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    Feb 24, 2007
    automotive warranty inspector
    Brick, Ocean, NJ
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    very nice work.
  3. Marty101

    Marty101 Registered User
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    Oct 28, 2007
    Retired-bad back but still movin'.
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    Friend,that style is tougher than most painted dials I have come across. Nice job though,congrats.
    -Just a warning,OK?
    I say your method is correct...but many painted dials,if washed a second time,may appear better-but on very close inspection will have a minuscule "peppering" effect. Be very wary if you note that! The "pepper" is lack of any paint. If you have doubts,a third washing will confirm it.

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