Re-silvering a Jacques Tall case clock face

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  1. dgoerner

    dgoerner Registered User
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    Hello All
    I have been working on this clock for a while now, maybe someone can tell me what I have done wrong
    I wet sanded the face and then used the wax/shellac stick from timesavers to fill in the black, re-sanded, then silvered, I was proud of my work, then after a couple of hours, I cleared the face using a wipe on lacquer made by watco.
    what a mess the black started to streak and even some came out. What did I do wrong?

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  2. FDelGreco

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    The lacquer dissolved the wax. If you lacquer, you must use a light spray or wipe only once and lightly if using liquid. Many restorers just use a paste wax. The wax will last for years, and you can always rewax.

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  3. dgoerner

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    Thanks Frank that must be it when I wiped it, then I re-wiped it the second time, and what a mess. I just wanted to weep, now I start all over again.
    I will use wax this time, your right I can wax it again. I was so proud my first re-silver and I was so careful.
     
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    modern wax seems to struggle a bit with lacquer. Renaissance wax seems to be the solution.
     
  5. Uhralt

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    If you want to use lacquer, use a fast drying spray, do not brush it on. As Frank said, only a light initial spray. Let it dry and follow up with one or two more sprays.

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    Thanks Uhralt, your opinion would you use a gloss?
     

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