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Dial Repair

It's not possible to repair a chipped enamel dial, strictly speaking.  But chips and large cracks can be filled with a material designed for that purpose.

The material flows when heated.  It can be applied with a heated (I used an alcohol lamp) tool, and shaped to fill in the missing bit.

It isn't perfect, but it hides the problems somewhat, and helps protect the dial from the problem getting worse around the damaged area.

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