You are going for it Ivan, great jobs
Today I'm not sure whether to laugh or to cry .....
I bought 2x Komandirskies from comrade BPmurray, both needed repair and some hands had to be sorted out.
After finishing the 1969 Komandirskie yesterday I decided to start on the first Komandiskie with the triangles lume. The broken movement was stripped and the parts put in a cleaning fluid for overnight soaking.
There was something wrong with the dial lacquer layer. On the sides it had gone dark, it contained over the whole dial a lot of fibers and the lacquer was put over the lume-markers. The 3AKA3 MO CCCP on the bottom edge was mostly missing giving me the overall impression that somebody in the past has had a go at this dial.
It would be nice if I could remove the old lacquer layer and put a new one on ..... an endeavour I've never done before
Consulted the internet how they removed a varnish layer on old oil-paintings and white spirit (turpentine) was one of the solvents they used.
For experimental reasons I keep some scrap dials and started with a dirty brown dial. To my big surprise it worked really well !! The lacquer layer dissolved slowly, very controlled & nicely without dissolving any of the markings or the underlying color. The end-result was truly stunning !
Could I repeat the same process on the Komandirskie dial?
I started carefully on the edges and the process seemed to behave the same. It takes time for the lacquer to dissolved and after carefully trying around the edges I decided to wet the whole dial. The lacquer came off in the same way as with the other dial but suddenly I noticed that the markings were fainting away. I rinsed the dial with soapy water and now I'm not sure whether I'm looking at a bare metal dial-blank with everything (apart from the lume) removed () or at a dial with still the original color on it
There is still some lacquer around the lume-edges.
The hour-markings and lettering are still there but much less pronounced.
In the 4th picture to Komandirskie dial happend to be in the picture together with the end result of the first trial-dial.
Not sure what to make of it ....... did I sr*w this dial up ?? Any thoughts ......