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Clock refurb
« on: September 04, 2019, 02:40:10 PM »
Just started on the refurbishment of my 400f clocks largely due to fading of the dial fascia, the actual glass was filthy but has cleaned up really well. I also had a horrible bent trip meter shaft that has been successfully straightened.
I have ordered the new dials from CB750 faces along with the rubber grommet for the trip.

I managed to warm up the twist bit for the trip and pry it off saving me unscrewing the trip shaft.
Anyone any ideas for what paint to use for the needle ends which is a red colour originally, also what colour is the black on the surround gloss or matt, I’m going to wet and dry them before painting.
Thanks Gary
« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 02:41:56 PM by 10tenmen »

Offline taysidedragon

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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 12:07:00 AM »
I used bright red  Humbrol model paint on my needle. That was the easiest part of the job.
The outer case is satin black.
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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2019, 08:04:04 AM »
Revell SM332 same colour available in Humbrol but not sure of their reference number. Available from most model shops in very small tins

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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 08:18:34 AM »
Thanks for the replies both very helpful Peter I have a model shop nearby I will go there thanks.

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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2019, 05:31:44 PM »
Got the paint to touch up the needles and the 70mph mark On the new fascia just waiting for the paint for the cups which I have prepped with wet and dry.
Before and after pics.

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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2019, 08:00:50 PM »
All done with the clocks turned out ok not too sure about the led bulbs may try some less bright.

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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 10:34:38 AM »
Superb job, that's spurred me to finish mine, I have also been using LED's and they are bright, I have tried several types but not found the perfect one yet, if you find any would you let us know.
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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 11:25:06 AM »
Nice work,  good outcome.

If you want to tone down led individually,  you can use nail varnish directly on the surface to add neutral density with grey,  or maybe green to bring closer to face colour.

Edit;- thinking it further,  conventional bulbs are much more yellow than white led,  pale yellow should head them back towards original but careful selection could give halfway house.

Or,  sanding the surface, if they are clear led lens, would increase the diffusion and hence softness of the light source to mitigate some of the localised brightness.
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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 12:23:22 PM »
When I was doing LED mods for cars to stop the LED "Hotspotting" I'd paint the top with white nail varnish, this reflected the light backwards and muted the effect of the hotspotting, using flat topped LEDs instead of domed LEDs also helped a great deal as the plastic casing on the LED is actually it's focusing lens, flats spread the light around whilst domed tended to focus the light forward.
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Re: Clock refurb
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 01:11:00 PM »
Brilliant suggestions thanks everyone  8)