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Dial Silvering Powder 500grams

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Seller: 930ronald (523) 100%, Location: Orpington, Ships to: GB, Item: 202311226710 Dial Silvering Powder 500grams Made by the Company of R.E.Rose (used to be in New Eltham at fiveways, before retirement). This is the original recipe used by clockmakers in the 18th-20th centuries. The instructions are as follows, including waxing the engraving and finishing. 1/ Remove all old wax, ONLY if rewaxing is necessary. If not necessary start at 2/. Heat dial gently from the back and melt in wax from the front, being careful not to boil it Scrape off excess wax, while still hot, with the edge of a postcard. Cool down by quenching in water. 2/ Rub down surface to be silvered using fine "wet & dry" paper until all old silvering and marks are removed and the dial is perfectly clean and free from grease. The finish you leave is the finish you get after silvering, ie.polished, matt, random, circular grain, straight grain, etc.. 3/ Rinse in cold water. 4/ Apply silvering powder to the WET dial using a pad of cotton wool or soft cloth, rubbing into the brass with a circular motion until the surface is uniformly covered. 5/ Rinse in cold water. 6/ Apply Finishing Powder (cream of tartar) as in No 4/. This evens out colour differences, polishes and neutralises the reaction. 7/ Rinse in clean warm water and dry extra thoroughly including the back. You can also hairdryer it to illiminate dampness. 8/ Lacquer the surface as necessary. Whatever method you use for this, please be aware that some wax and lacquers have the same solvent. The wax may be already in the engaving so good idea to test first. As an example; if the wax and lacquer both have a solvent of methylated spirits, lacquering may smear the wax. So consideration may be to be lightning quick or spraying. N.B - Any soft solder present will result in discolouration to a large extent.

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