Antique Clock Dial Silvering Powder & Finishing Powder

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Priory Polishes has been supplying quality silvering powder to the antiques Horological trade for many years.

  • Used to Re-Silver Brass Clock Dials
  • This Clock Dial silvering powder is made to an age old recipe
  • Regularly being used today by many of our loyal customers who prefer it’s wonderful traditional finish and believe it is one of the best silvering powders they have used. 

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Our Antique Clock Dial Silvering Powder & Finishing Powder has been used by the Horological trade and clock restorers for many years. This has been made with an age old recipe passed down through generations of clock restorers, made from the finest quality old English silver. 

See silvering in action in this video by Clifford J. Freeman of Castlegate Clocks.

How to use Dial Silvering Powder

  1. Brass dials that require re-silvering should be cleaned back to the brass with fine abrasive paper or very fine steel wool.
  2. If a ‘spun’ effect is required, put a nail in a piece of old board and rotate the dial around it while holding fine emery paper on the surface.
  3. Fill numerals in etched dials with black engravers wax. If the old wax is just cracked, hold the dial over a heat source to heat the wax just enough for the cracks to disappear. If the wax is missing or insufficient, add a few flakes of it to the numerals and heat gently.
  4. Rub the surface back down again if necessary to be level with the dial.
  5. Rinse under warm water and rub silvering powder into the surface with a clean cloth or tissue.
  6. Rinse again and apply finishing powder.
  7. Rinse once more to ensure there is no finishing powder left on the surface. 
  8. For best results dry with a Hairdryer to ensure there is no moisture left on the Metal.
  9. When thoroughly dry apply colourless lacquer (optional). 
  10. The lacquer should only be applied thinly to engraved dials. Dial wax will melt and run if too much lacquer is used. A soft cotton cloth or cotton wool pad can be used; a quick swipe is the usual method then leave to dry before touching or attempting to add more lacquer.

Please note

  • Cleanliness is of paramount importance when silvering and almost all problems encountered are due to finger marks on the metal between cleaning and applying the powder. Silvering powder acts by chemical reaction with the metal, and if this cannot take place evenly, an uneven colouring occurs. This powder will not work on plated or lacquered dials. It will not work on aluminium. Use only on clean brass or copper Dials.
  • We find that on some certain dials, they hold a lot more moisture than others. This can affect the silvering process overnight, making the brass patchy or loosing the silver effect on your dial.  To resolve this, after the finishing powder process, dry quickly the front and back without spreading any grease or dirt from the back, so use different cloths. Then warm the dial quickly to ensure thorough dryness, either by hairdryer or well above a naked flame. This will ensure the cracks and stress fractures are totally dry. This will usually resolve the problem.
  • Do not use on solder. Silvering powder can react badly on soft solder. The only solution is to completely remove every piece of soft solder present before use.
  • Light sensitive, store in a dark place, shelf life 2-6 years if stored correctly.

For a full Clock Dial restoration, please see also see our Clock Dial Silvering Restoration Kit

Questions and Answers

I’ve successfully applied silvering and finishing powder to my 250 year old grandfather clock chapter ring. It looks fantastic but after 24 hours starts yellowing. I’ve tried applying renaissance wax, leaving it bare, drying it between finishing powder & wax, even using baking powder after finishing. It always goes yellow. Is lacquer the way to go?

This is not due to lacquer or the wax as it is happening too quickly. The two most likely causes are either the surface of the brass or waxed numerals has grease or contamination in it, where tiny blowholes or wax cracking contains impurities, or the Silvering is not taking sufficiently enough. The first is corrected by scrubbing the surface with a de-greaser like benzine or lighter fuel and then redoing it. The second is make sure the dial is wet enough when silvering. Silvering takes better on a wet dial.


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50g, 100g

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    Niall Archer (verified owner)

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