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    Re: Sextant on ebay
    From: cc thomas
    Date: 2006 Sep 6, 13:43 -0500
    Red,
     
    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
    How do I "reapply blacking, etc. afterwards", please ?
     
    Thanks once more,
     
    Courtney
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Red
    Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 2:31 PM
    Subject: [NavList 1180] Re: Sextant on ebay

    Courtney-
    "  'polish' down to the metal.
    HOW ?"
     
    Simple enough. Disassemble to component parts, set aside all optics. Use commercial paint stripper if it indeed was painted, the "Citrussafe" types work very nicely if you give them an hour or two. There's an aerosol full of high end solvents called "KleenStrip" that works in seconds--but raises welts on bare flesh, watch out what you pray for.<G>
     
     
    Those should strip most coatings off nicely. Then just buff, polish, reassemble. You'll also find there are commercial metal stripping/finishingshops in most Yellow Pages, catering to the automotive trade. Again, give them the pieces after removing the optics, etc.
     
    And of course, you'll need to reapply blacking, etc. afterwards.
     
    Sounds like a new cable TV show just for navigators:
     "PIMP MY SEXTANT".
     
    Complete with ostrich skin cover on the handle, fuzzy dice, and two hundred watt IPod dock and booster?<G>


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