Today I have been polishing two microscopes that had chipped paint work.
I started by lightly sanding around the chips with 1500 grit paper, I filled in the chips with layers and layers of hammerite smooth paint (sanding lightly between each layer of paint to make a key for the next coat). When the chips were filled and level I sanded the whole microscope again with 1500 grit sand paper to form a key and sprayed it with spray enamel (masking off delicate areas).
I left the spray enamel to dry for a few days then went over the microscope with T-cut, next I used Meguiar’s ultra cut which gives a really high sheen and finally I applied a finishing polish. Meguair’s ultra cut is bloody marvellous stuff. I’m pretty chuffed. The polarizing microscope started off with no paint at all on its feet. The phase scope’s paintwork was in better condition but it had a few large chips on the base and on the stand.
Aren’t they shiny?
Tomorrow I shall post pictures of the cobwebs I found in the 45X objective, I promise!