New to Restoring - What's Possible Here?

Discussion in 'Reverse Glass and Dial Painting' started by catbelly, Apr 14, 2020.

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  1. catbelly

    catbelly Registered User

    Sep 30, 2019
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Found some old clocks where the faces are in pretty rough condition, they seem like maybe tin/aluminum of the dials are not flat in many cases and also discolored, I've only ever fixed movements, can these typically just be cleaned and hammered (or something) into shape?

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  2. shutterbug

    shutterbug Moderator
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    Oct 19, 2005
    Self employed interpreter/clock repairer
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    If the numbers are either raised or indented into the dial, it could be re-silvered and made to look new. But if the numbers are just painted on, anything you do to it will be at least partially harmful. You could have the dial repainted by someone like the Dial House, but that gets pretty pricey. The only alternative is to photograph or scan the dial, and then using a photo editing program, redo the bad spots, and make a new paper dial for it.

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