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Thanks Willie, I guess what I was trying to say is would I be acting to the detriment of this old clock by giving the false plate a coat of paint and the answer is I think yes. The answer is yes unless i could recreate the patina on the paint or sandblast then blacken. I am minded now to just clean it and apply Renaissance Wax??If you are trying to 'improve' the old finish, tread lightly. You can clean it up, remove the dust and loose paint and wipe on some thined down oil base paint of the correct color. This will make it look better and stop the rust for a while. I haven't tried the clear coat method on a clock but antique car restores are using it a lot, with good results. Willie X
Hi nick, if you mean in the holes on the false plate yes every hole on the false plate is all white. I see what you are getting at but no the plate was painted off the clock. right now all the false plates I can see on line look bare and rusty but i have seen them with identical dirty white as this one.Does the white appear in any of the holes? It is on its second clock so may have been painted between holes as it were
Thanks for that Graham. Actually I
Thanks Nick I now understand.The falseplates were delivered on the dial with the just the holes for the dial feet. The clockmaker fits feet to the falseplate to suit the movement, adds semicircular cutouts to fit winding arbours. That gives you four holes and four feet. Two cutouts, or perhaps a third for the seconds arbour.
More holes than that suggests a repurposed plate, with or without the original dial.