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    Re: Sextant on ebay
    From: cc thomas
    Date: 2006 Sep 6, 14:56 -0500
    Please excuse my insistence, but...what is the 'right' paint to use for the purpose of reblacking  ?
     
    I don't want to make a mess of this. After all my purpose is to make it look better  :-)
     
    By the way, just left Home Depot [lookin' at paint remover] and noticed that the ratio of prices for:
        lacquer thinner, mineral spirits, and paint thinner
    was:
        3  :  2  :  1
     
    What's the chemical difference  ?
     
    Thanks,
    Courtney
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Red
    Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 2:39 PM
    Subject: [NavList 1183] Re: Sextant on ebay

    Courtney-
     "Any suggestion as to rendering the reading marks optimally visible after removing the paint ?"
    Basically, you fill them with black enamel paint (after cleaning) and remove the excess as it starts drying, by rubbing over the surface. The paint remains in the engraved areas. Jewelers do this to "reblack" the numbers in watch bezels. Bowling ball and trophy shops do it to black in the engravings in bowling balls (usually a name) and trophy plaques. It takes some practice and works best with the "right" paints but there's nothing exotic about it.


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