I would describe myself as a longcase collector but those who follow me know I have a fairly good collection of dial clocks. All but two have painted dials. I have some dials restored if they are no longer clear to read or have extensive damage or have been previously redone badly. The dial restorer I use will retain as much as possible of the original, will match in, but not artificailly age. I have been shown another dial painter's work. They artificially age, they do it very well. They introduce crackle, they introduce the crazing you see around dial feet even on brand new dials. That makes me uncomfortable. I would not use them, and I would be worried about buying something they had worked on. Is this just me or is it going too far?