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    My first hand relume

    Some while ago I bought this Domino watch:



    As you can see, the lume on the hands was not in the best shape - but I was OK with it. I sent it away for a service, and my watchmaker emailed me to suggest that he poked out the rest of the lume as he thought that would look better. I went along with that - but didn't like the result as it was very hard to see the hands against a black background:



    Anyway, I found this little article on Timezone Restoring Luminous Hands [2000] - TimeZone and thought I'd have a go. But I definitely did not want over-bright, 'done yesterday', lume. This, however, promised a vintage effect:



    So I gave it a go - and this is the result:



    Now, the author of the Timezone article recommended applying several coats to build up the lume. But I wanted the hands to look as if they hadn't been touched - so I've left them this rather patchy finish after one coat which I'm quite happy with. The lume glow is fairly feeble, but that doesn't concern me as its not why I did it.

    That's it - thought I'd share.
    Last edited by Marrick; March 15th, 2013 at 16:41. Reason: Re-inserting pics.
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    Re: My first hand relume

    Nice mod job. Can we see the night glow?
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    Re: My first hand relume

    No - its broad daylight here.
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    Re: My first hand relume

    Hi Nice job

    I have a few trench watches I would like to relume. my question is does it come in any other colours like an Yellow ochre ?
    I want to get or as close as the real colour or can you tint the lume with paint?

    Regards Jonathan

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    Re: My first hand relume

    Well done and not overdone....perfect.

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    Re: My first hand relume

    Quote Originally Posted by sigcollector View Post
    Hi Nice job

    I have a few trench watches I would like to relume. my question is does it come in any other colours like an Yellow ochre ?
    I want to get or as close as the real colour or can you tint the lume with paint?

    Regards Jonathan
    I got it off ebay HOROLOEX WATCH LUME PAINT,STADARD GREEN,VINTAGE ORANGE,BLUE (QUALITY [email protected]@K) | eBay He sells 3 colours Green, Oris blue and the one I got - Old Aged Orange. But, like when trim tried it https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/had...al-662534.html its not very orange at all. The lume is water based, so maybe you can blend it with other paint - such as emulsion - especially if you're not worried about the glow. Then again, maybe not.

    There may be other outlets with a better choice of colours. I also considered LUMINOUS PAINT FOR CLOCK WATCH HANDS SYRINGE RELUME KIT PAINT LUMINOUS | eBay which has more colour options - but I haven't tried that.
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    Re: My first hand relume

    Marrick, you are inspiring me, very nice done, and great watch u have there, I suck for the pointer at bezel aviator styles.

    Would you give maybe more details about the process, what to do, how to do for future reference?
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    Re: My first hand relume

    Nice result. I have been looking at doing this myself. Like you I really dislike the bright done yesterday look. Excellent work.

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    Fantastic result.
    Looks to be a very good match with the old lume on the numbers, a good sympathetic restoration.

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    Great job marrick, it looks like it as aged with the rest of the watch.

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