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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Domino cleanup and restoration - Cleaning

Domino cleanup and restoration - Cleaning

So you have a set of dominoes that look like this.  All hope is not lost.  The first step is to get any dirt and grime that has accumulated through the years off.

This set of dominoes came to me after someone tried to clean off the paint in the engraving and whatever was used loosed the paint on the pips.  The paint was completely gone in the engraved areas on the backs.
 
Clean dirt off dominoes:
Our secret ingredient for this is window cleaner.  Any brand will do, the generic brands are just as good as the name brands when it comes to cleaning dominoes. 

We have only used the generic blue stuff.  I have no knowledge of whether the other color cleaners work just as well or better on dominoes.   Once we discovered one that worked we stuck with it.

Simply spray a bit on a paper towel and wipe the dirt off the dominoes.  You will be surprised how quickly and easily it will come off any surfaces.

Remove flecking paint:
The next thing I did with this set was to pick off any flecking paint. 

I used a small pointy tweezers end to just lightly scrape around all the dots and center lines in the dominoes.  Loose paint just caught onto the end of the tweezers and flecked off completely.

This process can be used in the engraving on the backs also; for this set it was unnecessary as the set engraving paint was completely removed before I saw them.

You do want to make sure you get all loose paint off.  If there is a spot left that is loose and you paint over that with new paint, it will just end up coming off sooner rather than later.

Next post:
Keep an eye open for our next post on cleaning up the domino surface imperfections.


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