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    Re: Sextant on ebay
    From: cc thomas
    Date: 2006 Sep 7, 16:31 -0500


    I hope I'm not wearing out my welcome....

    but, it being a Russian naval sextant, what would you assume
    they finished it with, say 25 yrs ago ?  Enamel, lacquer, or ??

    What would be the more durable in a marine environment ?

    When you say 'good quality enamel' what's the difference
    between good and less so, chemically  ?

    More generally, what makes up lacquer other than the alcohol
    solvent and some beetle stuff; and, what is the solvent and solute
    in enamels ?

    Pardon my ignorance and thank you for your patience,


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Bill" <billyrem42@earthlink.net>
    To: <NavList@fer3.com>
    Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 5:11 PM
    Subject: [NavList 1218] Re: Sextant on ebay

    > > Anyway, it sounds like maybe my best option is to just paint it a
    > > color over the existing.
    > > For that purpose, what would you use ?
    > > I'd prefer something out of a can, if possible, and just mask optics
    > > than going through the grief of going back to metal, which is not my
    > > purpose.
    > > Cordially,
    > > Courtney
    > That depends on the what the original finish is.  If lacquer, you could
    > lacquer.  If enamel do NOT use lacquer, the solvents in lacquer will lift
    > the enamel finish.  If enamel, a sealer/primer then good quality enamel
    > synthetic crap).
    > There are so many new paint formulations out there now, your best bet is
    > go to a professional paint store or auto-body/paint supplier and pay a few
    > bucks over Wal-Mart for added value and a paint system that will do the
    > In the final analysis, you may be time and money ahead by taking it into
    > auto-body shop and having them do it for you.
    > Bill
    > >

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