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Dial cleaning recommendations for tarnished numbers


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Does anyone have any experience cleaning up tarnished numbers? I have a 1962 Timex Marlin that needs a little bit of work to really show it's potential. 

The dial is in nice shape for the most part other than the numbers....I would be open to any suggestions??

Thanks in advance! 

Jamie

edit: I suspect the tarnish was caused by deterioration of the lume dots that have NOT aged well...

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Yikes, those look like the plating has lifted up off the numerals in some areas.

I think one technique is to "charge" up the tip of some pegwood with a polishing compound like cerium oxide or jeweler's rouge, and use that to polish the numerals. You can shape the tip of the pegwood as needed, and just rub it in the powder with a little water before you use it on the numbered area.  Haven't actually tried it myself though 😉

If you can clean up the numerals and relume the dial and hands, I think it will look quite nice.

 

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12 hours ago, KOwatch said:

I think one technique is to "charge" up the tip of some pegwood with a polishing compound like cerium oxide or jeweler's rouge, and use that to polish the numerals. You can shape the tip of the pegwood as needed, and just rub it in the powder with a little water before you use it on the numbered area.  Haven't actually tried it myself though 😉

If you can clean up the numerals and relume the dial and hands, I think it will look quite nice.

 

Thanks for the recommendation! I will give this a shot if I fail to find an easier solution (I don't expect an easier one haha, just still fishing). Unfortunately I do not have another dial with similar corrosion to experiment on so I will be going in raw on this one when I do attempt a fix. 

Jamie

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You may find the playing comes off the numerals if you use abrasive. I’d try plain peg wood, or peg wood supplied in water or lighter fluid first. 

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watching with interest 🙂  but my experience tells me the results will not be much and by disturbing the dial the remaining lume dots may likely fall off too.

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I just sold a Vostok project that required work on numerals. I taped a little piece of sandpaper to the end of my pegwood with double-sided tape and very carefully removed tarnishing. Then I used a combination of rodico, precision qtips, and automotive buffing compound to polish. Finished with a few coats of pen electroplating silver.

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