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I’ve taken them down to bare metal with various forms of sand paper( very fine ), rouges and Diamantine mixed w/ oil as a final polish.
Just depends on the amount of rust,..but start with very fine grits for safety.
I’ve used cork mixed with Diamtine/oil, old burnishing tools, Pegwood with oil/paste, etc etc.
Get a very flat and solid surface,..go slow,…in one direction for most part and pay close attention to your rhythm and method.
“Daydreaming” for an instant can spell disaster.
I then clean them in alcohol or one-dip, to make sure they are free from oil and other contaminants, then I blue them over an alcohol lamp on a brass plate until they are the right color
If you mess up, get to start all over with the paste/oil to get the char off so that you can try again, really watch the color changes closely.
I’ve included a photo of a Hamilton 921 project I did,..not a pic of the hands, ( which were fine ), but I used the same methods to prepare the screws, wheels and regulating arm.



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