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    the postage will be fine m8....posting it next week as letter, send me a pm with your address.

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    capice, you are a gent.

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    Today I began to clean up the case parts. We didn't have any bicarbonate of soda in the house, so I thought I'd try using tea, having read about it being supposedly effective in converting rust to iron tannate, which is... better than rust. Hey, I didn't fail Chemistry O-level for nothing folks.

    So the case interior was looking like this, before its tea-dunk:



    During its dunk it looked like this:



    And after dunk no.1 (for about 3-4 hours), a rinse and scrub with a paintbrush, it looks like this:



    It's now in for dunk no.2.

    To be honest, I'm not sure whether the tea has achieved much more than if I'd just scrubbed the rust off with a brush to start with... That's all I did to the caseback, which now looks similarly de-rusted:



    Some advice would be appreciated. The metal ring spacer that keeps the dial off of the datewheel - should I salvage it? I'm guessing these are supplied with the dial - I've yet to find them for sale anywhere. Of all the bits I'm salvaging, it currently looks the sorriest...



    But I'm sure I can get it gleaming with a bit of elbow grease (and an angle grinder).

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    Never heard about the tea dunking method, but it seems to have done something.
    Are you sure that's rust left on the case and not tea stain?
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    First get most off with steel wool or a wire brush. Soda is the best as it is non abrasive, or try salt and lemon acid....vinegar also could work.
    Rinse with warm water afterwards and dip in isopropanol or dry with a hairblower.
    It must be completely dry. Then I would spray the rusty areas with matt varrnish to keep any loose particles from getting into the mvt.
    It will also protect the dial from getting rusty stains.
    The metal spacer ring is that the one for the mvt/case or for the dial?

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    Hey capice, thanks for the tips - I was going to try vinegar if the tea proved too tedious or ineffective.

    The metal spacer is the one that sits behind the dial, between it and the movement, to allow the date wheel to spin.

    There was so much rust in between the dial and the movement that it was distorting the dial, and at first I didn't even notice the spacer was there, it was so caked in rust.


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    A shout-out for @capice !

    I'd like to thank forum legend capice for his generous donation to this Tempus Machina Sub project, which arrived this morning.



    A sweet domed crystal for a vintage look, replacing the LEC that the watch originally had fitted.

    I have to say I'm also loving the little plastic container with yellowed sellotape, and cute retro-looking "made in the Common Market" baggie... it's a dinky antique piece of art in its own right!

    Thanks capice, I really appreciate it. Just waiting on the movement now, which is coming in from another forum legend and all-round great guy to deal with - P4GTR.

    Oh, plus a big crown, on its way from Raffles.

    What an awesome forum this is! Thanks RG!

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