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Re: compass lens haze

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I agree with skywalker, 800 to a 1000 grit wet sand followed by a toothpaste pollish it worked for my 40 yr old and greatly hazzed compas. cheap and easy with great results.
I think that is the right approach. The Turtle Wax kit is basically a successive wet sand procedure with decreasing grit pads followed by a polishing compound and a "sealing" solution. I don't know what the sealing compound is, but they supply a glove to apply it and when I swiped my finger over the globe to see if it was dry my finger went numb for a while. Strong medicine.
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Re: compass lens haze

Well, I know what I'm doing this weekend!

(Is the fluid low?)
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Re: compass lens haze

Ok gang,

I finally got around to polishing up the lens with some Meguires $8.99 lens restore.

Here's the before and after.

Also the fluid is obviously low, but the compass says it's not reillable. I'm debating here to try and figure out how to do this. Normally a statement like that just makes me want to figure out how to do it.

Any opinions on this matter?
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Re: compass lens haze

If it says non-refillable, I'd still try to remove the entire "globe" and see if there's a filling port. They may have plugged/sealed that with something intended to be more permanent and more reliable than the old "machine screw and o-ring". Once you see what they did, you can decide if it is worth trying to fill it. A small acrylic dowl and acrylic solvent to fuse it in place might work.
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Re: compass lens haze

Chances are if your compass dome is that far gone so are the internal parts. I strongly recommend you send it to a compass repair guy. They are a lot cheaper than you expect and getting back a like new compass (in terms of the internal parts too) is a bargain.
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Re: compass lens haze

The compass is a Plastimo Contest 101 or 100. It says it's not refillable but there is a machine screw on the top of the compass that seals the fill hole. I took it out and filled it by syringe with mineral oil and it looks good as new now. I read some posts about putting the oil in a freezer but because it's a bulk head compass you wouldn't see a bubble on top anyway so I just put some oil in at ambient temp about 82 F.
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Re: compass lens haze

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http://www.ritchienavigation.com/doc...hieCatalog.pdf


This is Ritchie's Catalogue. At the end is a list of service centers. In 2008, I mailed my compass to Howard Wilson in Tuckerton NJ, He re-built it to look like new for $65.00.

New compensating magnets, new fluid, new lense and a paint job. Great Service! Nice Guy!
I found this in the back:
Capt. Howard Wilson & Son Inc.
7 Sabre Road, P.O. Box 76
Tuckerton 08087
(609) 296-3692
pw84redvette@msn.com
Thanks for that.

EDIT: My email bounced back and the phone number is not in service. Anyone else know of a good place to get a couple Plastimo compasses services?

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