Atmos Clock 528-8 Case Restoration
Case Restoration and 24kt Gold Plate
Before Photos – Click on any image to enlarge photo viewer
This Atmos Clock arrived to our workshop with thorough case oxidation. We do not mind to start with an clock in this condition because it will make for a great before and after comparison. The conditioning of the case decays when the clear coat lacquer finish breaks down. This coating protects the brass from moisture, salt, oil and other elements that oxidize brass quickly.
We have photographed and highlighted a few areas of this clock that have discoloration. The tab on the front panel has come loose. It is easy to reattach with super glue but first we must take out and clean all glass.
The process of this Atmos Clock 528 restoration begins with stripping the brass and polishing by hand before gold bath plating. Finally we finish with our own clear coat lacquer finish to protect the condition of this Atmos Clock for years to come.
Stripped and Polished Brass
These photos are of the Atmos Clock after the clear lacquer and years of oxidation have been stripped and polished. When plating metal, the majority of the work takes place in the metal preparation. The Gold Plate only covers .02 microns, it largely is a chemical reaction occurring at the metal surface. So, it will not improve the metal in anyway. For instance the imperfections and deep scratches will not be filled in by electroplating. This being said, a lot of elbow grease is put into the preparation of the metal to take the plating well. This client has elected to go with the 24-KT Gold Plate.
Also included in this collage is the old bellow drum that had multiple large fissions in it. I decide to simply replace this part because it doesn’t make sense to refinish something that is already shot. Now the next steps will be to plate the brass in Gold and then clear coat it to protect the finish. Once I have the case finished, I will be servicing the movement.
Gold Plated Case