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My Re-Lume Jobs.
BeyondWorld posted a topic in Watch Repairs Help & AdviceFrom time to time, I'm unhappy with the watch luminous on a watch I've bought. I normally like to keep things as original as possible and just leave them alone, but sometimes it doesn't do it the watch any favours. Sometimes the hands have been redone in bright green, maybe the hand luminous is falling off due to careless watch repairer, or perhaps the hands have over aged and become black and too dirty to read. So that's where I step in and do my best to getting it looking proper. First of all, this isn't a tutorial, do this at home at your own risk! I just thought it might be interesting to you guys to see some of my results. I shall post some small tips below though:- 1. Mixture is key, too much thinner makes the paint runny, and it won't go where you want it too, too much binder will make it shiny and unnatural looking. (unless it's a modern watch), this is probably the hardest part to get right. 2. Leave hands to dry over 24 hours. While it's tempting to put on an hour after, the chemicals will damage certain dials, just from the vapor. 3. Too much luminous paint can make hands curl when they dry, if hands are very thin. 4. When putting hands back on, I prefer to set minute and hour hand. 5. Sometimes just accept you can't get it perfect. Even original hands sometimes age slightly differently from the dial, perhaps depending on it's thickness or environmental factors. Can't help with pigment advice, I bought a vintage source of waterproof pigments, that were designed to be mixed with eggwhite from an independent person, and it's no longer stocked. All pigments are mixed manually. Tools: 1. Hand removers, I mainly use levers, sometimes very rarely I will use the spring type hand remover though. 2. Dial guard, used with hand remover (I just made a homemade one). 3. Plastic tweezers. hands are very delicate and thinly plated. 4. Hand press 5. Oiler stick for applying paint. (Have tried a thin brush before like they originally did in the old days, but did not get the results I wanted.) Now that's all said, I have to say my jobs are hit and miss, sometimes I'm quite happy, sometimes I think I should of done better, but it's just how it goes. Feel free to comment on what you think is bad and what you think is good. Also I've only recently decided to share my work, so my best jobs are long gone and never photographed, but I shall try and keep this going as it's something I often do myself when trying to get a watch to be more sellable.