Author Topic: 3F72 Brevet  (Read 160 times)

shipnerd

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3F72 Brevet
« on: January 20, 2020, 12:12:19 AM »
Bought this 3F72 Brevet today. Seller was asking $39.99 o.b.o. I offered 15.00 for it and surprisingly my offer was accepted. $25.00 all in with shipping.

Finish is pretty bad but the wood itself looks to be in good condition. Should refinish nicely. Dial may be a bit of an issue though.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1930s-General-Electric-desk-clock-Brevet-wood-Model-3F72-shelf/124053466213?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
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Larry

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Re: 3F72 Brevet
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2020, 06:40:16 AM »
I noticed that clock and wondered how it could be brought back.  For the dial, I would probably try to gently clean off the smears with a melamine foam sponge and a tiny amount of liquid.  I would probably also use a tiny drop of Scratch-X with a cotton cloth.  I would try touching up the chips with a paint marker.  I recently bought an Elmer's cream colored paint marker at Walmart.  I haven't had a chance to try it yet on a clock dial, but I think that it might be a close enough match to be reasonably unnoticeable at a distance.

We look forward to seeing the restoration results.


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Re: 3F72 Brevet
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 07:24:47 AM »
What Larry said.
I mix up my own touch up paint of Testors enamel model paint.  Usually a mix of white, tan and touch of yellow.  It can get really close.  The dial circular swirls, do the best you can.  At least the numbers look very good, bold.
The case could be a surprise after you strip it.  The chippy finish a lot of times is 95% what looks bad.  May need to do some fine scraping to even out the wood grain.

shipnerd

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Re: 3F72 Brevet
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 10:56:26 PM »
I may try some of your suggestions for the dial. I do have a spare dial that isn't in too bad of shape, but the 7 and 8 are rather worn so unfortunately I can't really use that one. As a last resort I can always scan the dial into my computer and fix it in Photoshop.
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Re: 3F72 Brevet
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2020, 06:03:52 PM »
The Brevet arrived on Thursday. I cleaned the glass and the movement, and was able to clean the dial to where it's presentable. A full restoration will have to wait until the weather gets a little warmer since I have to work out in the garage.
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Re: 3F72 Brevet
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2020, 10:48:25 AM »
Looks good.  The wood edges look intact which is a major plus.  Dial looks nice, I do not know by not seeing it real time if I would do much more to it.  Wonder how I missed seeing it for sale on Ebay.

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Re: 3F72 Brevet
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2020, 03:01:41 PM »
Watch this one.  The case is very susceptible to being crushed by the case screws.  Like any case, don't tighten it past where it stops shaking in the case.
What this country needs is a good $5 parts clock.

 

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