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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Great restoration, Dash! And what an elegant classy piece. Just gorgeous.


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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    So Q-tip, some lube, and some stilleben stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    Depends what it needs and the condition. For some, it is not worth servicing the movement.
    Asking Mroatman specifically, I didn't think he acquired such skill yet. :)
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    Thanks all!

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizone View Post
    Awesome! Are you servicing the movements too or just a surface clean?
    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    Depends what it needs and the condition. For some, it is not worth servicing the movement.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arizone View Post
    Asking Mroatman specifically, I didn't think he acquired such skill yet. :)
    Technically speaking, I've "had" the skill since sometime last year. For three-hand movements and basic complications (calendar, date, automatic -- not chronographs), I can tear down and rebuild. But it usually ends in cursing, frustration, and at least one lost or broken part. So I usually do as Sekondtime suggests, only servicing when absolutely required, and even then usually leaving it to a pro.

    Thing is, I really truly enjoy external restoration. I put a podcast on and can get lost in "watching" (as I call it) for eight hours or more without realizing it. Movement servicing feels more like a "have to" job for me. And when I can get a full service for under €10, there's no huge incentive for me to improve :/

    For this Poljot in particular, the movement was running fine, so it was just a surface clean (you can probably see beneath the balance that the mainplate isn't completely spick and span). I realize I risk brushing/blowing dust and grime further into the movement this way, but I can't stand to leave so much dirt right under my nose.



    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    Mroatman and I have discussed our techniques for restoring and our sense of satisfaction in doing this sort of restoration.
    A Ruhla Ressurection indeed! Well done!!



    Quote Originally Posted by schnurrp View Post
    I assume the difference between the dial color of your before and after pictures is a white balance problem and not the result of some "gentle brushing". If not, I want one of those brushes.
    Ha! Yes, I think so.

    I used a very-lightly-saliva-dampened Q-tip over the entire dial, but I don't think it really affected the color -- at least not like that Pobeda Sekondtime posted (holy cow!).

    I had to edit the "after" image to balance the background to match the "before" shot. I thought that would level everything out, but I guess not.



    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    And finally, another historic East German clockwork restoration project. All East German children knew the Sandmann and so did other East European nations. This clockwork Sandmann arrived with only one arm, no beard, matted hair, dirty clothes and a siezed clockwork movement. How could I leave him like that!
    Amazing work once again.

    This reminds me of this set of postcards I was recently offered. Check out the links below for more photos.

    I passed on them as I'm really trying to rein in spending, but if anyone's interested, let me know and I'll put you in touch with the seller. Pretty cool stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robotmensch View Post
    So Q-tip, some lube, and some stilleben stuff?
    Cotton buds (Q-tip), Liquid hand soap as it is mild and non abrasive and clean fresh water which I portrayed as drinking water with a glass.

    Cleaning dials depends on the dirt, the dial surface/paint finish, how the original paint finish adheres to the dial (sometimes, you can lift large flakes of paint from a dial where is has delaminated over time) and whether there is a discoloured clear lacquer over a colour paint layer. Beware also that lettering may also be prone to lifting with cleaning. Where possible try to clean around the lettering or if you are sure it is not going to lift just very lightly wipe with a microfibre cloth.

    A proper inspection of the dial surface with a strong magnifying lens is essential and it is a good idea to try a very small sector of the dial first which is not going to be visible to check the suitability for cleaning.

    I also find that hot breath on a cold dial and a very soft short pile microfibre cloth has excellent results on most colour lacquered dials.

    The key is knowing when to stop or how far to go on. That comes with experience and one or two ruined dials!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mroatman View Post


    A Ruhla Ressurection indeed! Well done!!





    Ha! Yes, I think so.

    I used a very-lightly-saliva-dampened Q-tip over the entire dial, but I don't think it really affected the color -- at least not like that Pobeda Sekondtime posted (holy cow!).

    I had to edit the "after" image to balance the background to match the "before" shot. I thought that would level everything out, but I guess not.





    Amazing work once again.

    This reminds me of this set of postcards I was recently offered. Check out the links below for more photos.

    I passed on them as I'm really trying to rein in spending, but if anyone's interested, let me know and I'll put you in touch with the seller. Pretty cool stuff.



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    The puppet/dolls in the postcards come across as a bit scary! Sandmann is cuter!

    As for the Pobeda, I think I struck lucky. The dirt on the dial I think was nicotine stain. It was very tar like when removing it.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Some great restos here well done chaps!

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    salute! well done!

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