|Touching up a scratched Voyageur|
Message #1 Posted by Les Wright on 21 Feb 2007, 8:23 a.m.
I have been spending some time trying to improve the appearance of my working grade 11C.
I have found that pretty coarse sandpaper (180 grit) followed by a buffing with a fresh scotch brite kitchen pad got rid of scratches and restored a pretty convincing brush finish to the bezel.
Several small scratches on the key deck that did not cut across lettering were convincingly touched up by a black Sharpie. It isn't perfect, and you can see the ink dots if you look at the key deck in glancing light, but face on it is much more attractive than the silver colour of the metal shining through. The back label was particularly scratched around the edges and painting along the scratches with the pen made it a little less ugly. The pen is easier to use than a small brush and model paint, and if it wears off it is easily redone.
My next project is getting some sort of silver colouring back on the logo. I am going to try a silver ink gel pen. Some women friends are also heavily involved in stamping and scrapbooking, so I may seek their advice on how to get colouring onto the outside parts but not in the grooves.
Thought I would share that with you. The pleasure I get out of my 11C is much greater now that it looks, to my eye, a little better than when I got it. True collectors may object to my methods, but I am not selling it!
Edited: 21 Feb 2007, 12:52 p.m. after one or more responses were posted