Clock dial repair involves restoration of the dial to original condition by conservation techniques. Before beginning a clock dial restoration, detailed photos are taken to record all the original features of the dial. Dial repair begins with a careful cleaning of the surface, essential before any painting can be undertaken. This is followed by removal of loose, flaking paint, and retaining and stabilizing existing paint. Then the color must be matched and replacement of lost paint is done. In the final stages missing and faded characters are repainted. Dial restoration is a very time consuming process in both the skill required and in the time needed for paint to dry. The final step is the application of a sealant to protect the completed artwork. Some steps of the process can be seen in the pictured examples of dials I have restored.