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Cleaning and polishing an old clock spring barrel #americanclockrepairs

Cleaning and polishing an old clock spring barrel #americanclockrepairs


Today we’re going to clean and polish the spring barrel that we removed the spring from earlier on. Cleaning the barrel, these are the tools you’ll need a pair of gloves, the barrel of course, autosol polish, fine hair Glasgow brush, toothbrush and a brass brush, Shellite and a tub to put it in. place a little bit of the autosol on the brush, not very much. Let’s start striping it in one direction. A little bit more, you need very little to do this. So move around and clean the surface and then when it’s right will then clean in the one direction to raise a grain in the brass. See how this is coming up already. We will continue to polish for a while. A tiny bit more autosol on the brush. Long single strokes. Nice and shiny . Now will now run in one direction across the top of the barrel. Right, now we’ll repeat that process on the side of the barrel. I need a little bit more autosol, not much. We will; rub it in both directions initially to get to start, then we’ll finish in the one direction. See what we look like. It’s coming up all right. I’ll continue to polish for a while, back and forwards. Now we will run round in one direction. Finally we will clean the teeth. This is not very easy the teeth grab the hairs on the brush. Now we’ll put some Shellite in our contain and drop the barrel in. A change of gloves because the barrel is now cleaned we don’t want to leave dirty finger marks on it, and now on the barrel will have to be handled with gloves when we’re putting the spring back into it. Taking the toothbrush rub over the surface, around the side of the barrel, to remove excess autosol that’s still on there. Run sideways around the teeth to clean them. Place on bench using a clean piece of cloth wipe the barrel. That’s how it came up. Final part of the clean, now use a brass haired brush and very carefully clean in between the teeth to remove any autosol cleaner. Wipe again and using some peg wood we’re going to run round inside the whole and make sure there is nothing still remaining in there. Sharpen the peg wood so it fits barrel arbor hole. It was pretty clean. A little bit here. That looks nice and shiny.


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