Remove One Coat of Paint from Dial

Discussion in 'Reverse Glass and Dial Painting' started by Dick C, Aug 9, 2018.

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  1. Dick C

    Dick C Registered User

    Oct 14, 2009
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    Is there a process by which one can remove one coat of paint from a dial in order to save a possible signature that may be on the dial?

    This dial dates back to the 1810 - 1820 period and appears to have been repainted at one point.

    Thanks for any help with this one.

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  2. Sooth

    Sooth Registered User
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    Feb 19, 2005
    Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
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    Yes, and it will take maybe 40-50 hours of labour, if not double or triple that. Generally a correct solvent must be used (and determining that can be either trial and error or with chemical analysis in a lab). Then it's applied gently with swabs, and slowly, carefully rubbed over the surface, an inch at a time until the top layer is removed.

    Below is an example of a dial where I stripped-off a lop layer of paint. The dial had been white-washed, and I was able to remove the white paint, the over-painted black (on top of the existing numerals), and PARTIALLY saved the centre dial signature, but in the process I lost the original black in the numerals, and a small portion of the line work. Corner flowers survived perfectly. This took MONTHS of work.

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