Ansonia Hawk Restoration

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Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby watchguy » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:21 pm

I haven't done much in the way of restoring wood finishes, but I bought this Ansonia Hawk today. The finish is crazed. Should I dare I attempt to refinish the case? Is it possible to make it look better without going down to bare wood?

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Re: Ansonia Atlas Restoration

New postby watchguy » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:58 pm

Oops. The label obviously says Atlas.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby Neilywatch » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:54 am

I am not a clock guy, but the finish here looks original. Based on my experience refinished clocks are avoided like the plague by collectors. The crazing I think is from all the old lacquer. It looks good maybe just a cleaning would be all that is needed.

IMO - leave it alone.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby veritas » Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:03 am

I am with Neil on this. I would get some hand cleaner, the type with no pumice and clean it with that.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby watchguy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:08 am

Thanks, guys.
@Kevin. Have you used the handcleaner before with good results? What brands?
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby veritas » Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:07 pm

I have used one made by Permatex, called Fast orange but Gojo is one that has been used too and they do a good job. Without hurting the finish you could apply it with 0000 steel wool and it will help to loosen the dirt.

Before using the steel wool use a old tooth brush and some cheap paper towels, the steel wool is abrasive, you may not need it.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby brownsrplm » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:07 pm

FYI, you may find once you clean it that the crazing will stand out more. If so, then just use some jell stripper which will remove the lacquer and then put a fresh coat on it. You don't have to take it down past the original finish, which as stated here is highly desirable to keep. The clock will come out fine and still be considered original finish because you did not remove the original pigmentation.

By the way, does the alarm work on it?
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby watchguy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:49 pm

Thanks Raymond. All the parts of the alarm are there, it just needs to be adjusted.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby watchguy » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:54 am

@Raymund. Do you have a favorite brand of gel stripper?
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby brownsrplm » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:32 am

last one I used was an Ace brand stripper. If you follow the directions, it tells you how long to leave it on to take off just the top finish. Obviously, if you leave it on long enough it will get into the base color and you don't want that. I think it only took about 5 minutes and then I wiped it off with a damp cloth. Pretty neat stuff! I've used it to refinish my dining room table and took it down to bare wood real easy in about 15 minutes. Low fumes, and easy cleanup.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby veritas » Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:02 pm

Hi Derek, how did the restoration go on this clock.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby Irwin » Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:39 am

I've found that the gel strippers are pretty powerful and even with minimum application and short application time my experience has been that they remove everything down to the wood. As Ray says, I think you are going to have to be very careful when you use it, otherwise you are going to remove more than you want.
For this clock I would go a gentler route and first try something called 'Scratch Remover'. It's applied with a cloth or a small brush, and might need two or three applications. It contains wax so it fills in the cracks and the end result is a brighter renewed appearance.
Another approach is to first use a wax stick to fill the cracks and then apply the scratch remover. I think you'll get a good result.
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Re: Ansonia Hawk Restoration

New postby L48X55 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:07 pm

I used these gel strippers on cars to strip paint and I don't think you want that stuff even close to your clock. It is wicked and it will go to the bone in a flash. Do what you want but not this stuff. I'll repeat it too stress the fact It Is Way too strong to use on this unless you want to go completely to the wood.
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