What is the best way to coat a polished pewter chapter ring?

Discussion in 'Reverse Glass and Dial Painting' started by Jim Duncan, Apr 30, 2018.

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  1. Jim Duncan

    Jim Duncan Registered User
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    I am in the process of preparing a recently acquired replacement pewter chapter ring for a one-handed clock. It currently has a ring with numerals/divisions for a two-handed clock, so I wanted to get a proper replacement installed. Witness holes in the wood show that the current ring is not the original.

    The replacement ring is in decent condition with a bit of oxidation and fair-to-faint 'wax' in the numerals. The current chapter ring has a bit of polish to it, although the camera flash makes it appear shinier than it is. I wanted to retain that existing level of shine on the new ring.

    I'm ready to do the polish (I'll practice on the back side first), but I'm not sure of the best way to coat the surface for protection once it is polished. I've just read an article in CLOCKS magazine where the experienced chap used modern spray lacquer on a newly silvered chapter ring only to have traces of old wax in the numerals become cracked and unsightly owing to the modern solvents in the lacquer.

    Since I'm leaving the old wax/shellac in the numerals of the replacement ring I didn't want to go down the same road as Richard Stuart in CLOCKS. I'm not sure I want the look of a spray coating on pewter either.

    I've used Renaissance wax on other metal bits but never a dial. I'm not sure how it will work with pewter.

    Has anyone out there some experience (good) with coating pewter?

    Thanks,
    Jim

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  3. Jim Duncan

    Jim Duncan Registered User
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    Thanks upstate. Have you ever renewed the black numeral wax in pewter?

    Jim
     

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