How to Replace a Clock's Dial

It looks like you are thinking about replacing your clocks dial? I am going to walk you through the steps on how to to install a new replacement paper dial. I am going to add some videos to help out as more time becomes available so bear with me.

The first thing we need to do is get a replacement dial, you can find them at our store. Now lets remove the dial pan and or bezel:


1.  Remove the hands. they are normally attached with a nut or a pin. Take the nut (or Pin) along with the hands and  put them in a ziploc bag right away and set them in a safe and secure place. If you loose the dial nut you can have a very hard time trying to find a replacement (matching up the size/thread etc...).


2.  Now remove the screws that mount the dial pan/ bezel to the case. You should now be holding the dial pan.


3. Remove the brass grommets around the arbor holes. Just bend up the tabs on the back and slide the grommet out.

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4.  Next we want to take a piece of tape and give us some reference points when we put the new paper dial on. Doing this now will save you alot of time later as you will just have to match up the screws with the existing holes in the clock case. If you do not do it, you will be spending some time taking the dial pan or movement off readjusting them to make sure the clock strikes when the minute hand is at 12 o'clock. I like to use the side of the tape as it is already a straight edge, see the pictures below:


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5.  Remove the old paper dial now. This can done by using a combination of scrapers/steel wool etc..I like to start by using a knife to peel the old dial off. Just make sure not to damage any areas that will be exsposed after the new dial is mounted. If you find any rust make sure you clean off as much as possible.

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 6.  Now its time to cut out the new dial. I recommend you use an actual dial cutter (you can find them on eBay for around $10) as it will produce alot cleaner cut and a more professional appearance when you are done.

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7.  Place the paper dial on a piece of cardboard and adjust the dial cutter and then just spin it around the dial. At this point I want to note that if you plan on shinning up or possibly painting the dial pan and or bezel, now is the time to do it. I do recommend Krylon paint as it does dry in minutes.


8.  You have some options when it comes to adhesive, some people have used glue stick others spray on adhesive like the one pictured below. Apply the adhesive to the back of the new paper dial. Do not the dial pan as you will get overspray on the trim. Align up your reference marks and you are all set.


9.  Use an exacto knife and cut out the holes for your arbors and dial post and then just reinstall your brass grommets and you are all set. 

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