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    blondfellow
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    My first restoration using gold plate. 22k gold plate automatic Felicia.



    #61701
    chris mabbott
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    I can’t tell too much from the photos but it is shiny and that is attractive 8-)

    I’ve been thinking of venturing into the plating zone myself, so any tips, tricks, equipment recommendations would be appreciated..

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    stevefitzwater
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    Based on the video that Tom shared awhile back on reverse plating rust off, I was thinking about that also, like replating a bezel for a clock, I would think you would simply reverse the process that Tom shared… correct?

    #61703
    chris mabbott
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    I dunno Steve, possibly ;) I was thinking at one time about replating some kinda hard to find cases that I have, but I read on various forums that on PW cases, it doesn’t last that long if you try to plate over gold filled, it can begin to flake? Like I say, I haven’t really ventured into it, but I’m split on whether to restore or just polish? When I polish a case, any brassing blends in, obviously it’s a maintenance thing, but also an originality issue.

    I do have a couple of very worn cases that I was thinking of practicing on, just to see how it turns out.. I’ll wait for you guys to get kitted up and report back ;)

    #61704
    blondfellow
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    Have a look at my youtube vid on these watches, home horology by Blondfellow and there is a vid on the restoration and gilding of a seiko gold watch http://youtu.be/9N7sY54xyUo. Try this link. Tis watch was brush plated, a lot easier and safer than dip plating. Google brush electroplating and there is a lot of good info on the web. The secret os your work must be very clean

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    chris mabbott
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    Nice video, thanks for posting.
    What is the wheel that you’re using in the first part to polish the parts?

    You make this seem fairly easy but I know that you’ve probably done this before, but still, it gives hope and inspiration to those of us who have yet to delve into the darkness 😆

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    bernie weishapl
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    Really nice video.

    #61707
    blondfellow
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    Thanks guys i want to show more videos soon on other watch works. the wheel is a hard buffing wheel. need to get heat for a good scratch remove. I am currently doing an old Handley gold filled watch will post the finished product later when don. having a bit of strife with the balance wheel, stops when I turn it upside down. have to change the jewel and post i think.https://www.youtube.com/watch v=0Al61WO0FkQ&index=3&list=PL5XpW36jHFBrcpzWZp8esotmkzLfHy9NQ here is another vid on a ETA I assemble. you will see how much of a bushman I am. It has music in the back ground and youtube say it will not be shown in some countries for copyright, hope you guys can see it.

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    willofiam
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    excellent, I need to look into some of those processes, someday I hope 🙄 …I wish I had 30 hours in a day :D William

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