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    Re: C. Plath on ebay
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Dec 5, 12:48 -0500

    I think they DO make a damage when polish them.
    I had a discussion with one of these Russian sellers
    when I was shopping for a sextant. He had a 1940-s
    Gothic Husun, looking very nice and I was considering buying it.
    Then he told me that he sent it to polish.
    I told him that he should not do this, especially should
    not polish the arc (it was with a silvered scale).
    He replied that he knows what to do, and that polished sextants
    are better sold and he can get more money for it.
    I suppose that people who buy polished sextants,
    buy them for decoration, rather than for measuring angles.
    By the way, I think they paint sextants not only to protect them
    from corrosion but also to reduce glare from shiny metal surfaces.
    But if you don't like the color of your sextant you probably
    can remove the paint somehow without damaging it, and repaint
    it in your favorite color. I do not know exactly what is the best
    way to remove the old paint from a metal surface, but ptobably
    other list members know.
    On Sun, 5 Dec 2004, Courtney Thomas wrote:
    > How'd they remove the paint and/or polish it, without damage ?
    > I have one of these painted a hideous green and think the one on Ebay
    > looks much better but wouldn't want to risk damage.
    > Advice ?
    > Thank you,
    > Courtney

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