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Hey guys. Watch enthusiast and beginner tinker here!

I have a little project for some of my watches, but that not concern the movement this time. Hope it is okay for the forum admins.


I wish to do some painting mods in some vintage watches dials. In order to do that I am looking for the best way to prepare the dial surface for improve the adhérence of the subsequent painting layer. Please correct me if I am wrong but most dials are in brass right? Wich would be the best primer to use, and way to prepare the surface. I am thinking to use acrylic or oil paint to for my project.


Any help will be most appreciated.


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It's pretty basic.You can treat it like any other type of metal.what is best is a subject of debate. But if it is a plain dial with no applied indexes I don't think you can go very wrong just wet sanding it with a very fine grit and spray painting it to the color of your choice. You can print out decals on your Inkjet printer.

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