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Offline 1manband

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how i unstuck a sticky indicator and unyellowed the lens.
« on: April 01, 2017, 08:59:56 pm »
i cannot recommend this, but it did save an old indicator that was useless. this is what worked for me.
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i cleaned with lighter fluid and lubed with wd40.

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Good job.  Saved the indicator and learned something along the way.   

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thanks sharkey.  was worth a shot to fix.

i had this indicator for years.  on ebaze they go really cheap for some reason?  almost all the old federals for sale on ebaze, the lenses are also yellowed.
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WD-40 is not good for this.  find some watch or instrument oil, and you'll be much happier.  use the tiniest amount you can apply.  over oiling just attracts dust and causes wear down the line.  look at watch oilers online, they're not particularly complicated, but they do allow very precise and small amounts of lubricant to go where you need it.  Naptha (ronsonol) is what my grandparents always used to clean clocks and watches, coleman fuel should be the same stuff.  just make sure whatever you use doesn't have alcohol in it, or you will dissolve the shellac holding the rubies/bearings in place!  Dial indicator isn't much different from watches and clocks in principle.
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