Removing paint specks from my clock case

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  1. tliette

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    I have a clock case with specks of white paint on it's case (a Seth Thomas Beehive), I don't want to ruin the time aged finish that has taken so many years to create. I think that is one of the things that makes collecting antique clocks unique. Is there a way that I'm not aware of this visual eye sore can be removed in a safe manner? I would include photos but the clock is in the clock shop. Thanks!

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  2. novicetimekeeper

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    if you are lucky you can usually ping them off with a fingernail.
     
  3. BLKBEARD

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    A Dental Pick works very well. One speck at a time.
     
  4. tliette

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    Hummm, but what are the dangers of marring the finish?

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  5. harold bain

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    I have good luck with a pocket knife, a steady hand and lots of patience.
     
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    The speckles are usually just on the surface. Dental picks are small enough to target the speck & not the surrounding area. I buy good professional quality used ones from ebay. They're very sharp & strong.
     
  7. tliette

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    Thanks Blkbeard!

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    Something else that has worked well for me from time to time is a simple popsicle stick. They can "push" paint specs off of a shellac surface pretty easily without damaging the shellac or wood finish.
     
  9. George Nelson

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    The popsicle stick method has always worked well for me as well. The advantage of simple paint specks is that they originally landed lightly on the surface, and were not worked into the wood with a brush. Many times, there is either furniture polish or some type of furniture wax on the surface of the clock to prevent the paint from truly absorbing into the surface with any great adhesion. You can get clean wooden popsicle-type sticks at any crafts store.

    Best to all,

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