So... Repeating myself but copying my prior posts here for the sake of completeness, as I moved to my own "rebuilding a classic" topic... Photos to come next, and I appreciate any advice on straightening the out of round metal sun-shield...
I've started my own "resto-mod" to an OTA and dew shield from an otherwise classic Orion by Vixen 80mm f/11, that has seen better days on the original white finish and the dew shield needs to be brought back to round. I got the scope in trade with CNer Geo. a few months back, with the caveat being that the original Vixen Achromat had been clam-shelled, (probably why the dew shield is bent) and that George had replaced it with a fine example of a vintage Jaegers 83mm f/11 achromat, that performs as well as the original Vixen in my opinion, as I have an original 1992 vintage SP-C80 with which to compare it, side by side...
The rest of the trim (focuser, finder stalk, tube rings) is Vixen Green, and it is in excellent shape, and won't need any refinishing, so I have that much going for me. I do plan on refinishing a classic finderscope main tube to match the OTA and dew shield color, too.
Thing is, I have done my research and found some enamel paint that matches as best as I can tell the classic Celestron gloss Orange that was used on the C60, C80 and such refractors in the 1984 era, and I want to go that route, as I think that it would make for an interesting finish to the tube and green trim, given that it will be a nice Outreach scope for me.
randy_1701, on 28 Oct 2019 - 1:44 PM, said:
I've dis-assembled the focuser and main cell and other accessories from the OTA and sun-shield on my, let's just call it a "C80-Frankenscope", and I've done the same for the finderscope that I will be refinishing... I removed the original labels (such as, "ORION By Vixen") and I've got ahold of some brush on stripper, and next step will be to remove the outer finish on all the parts.
A question: The metal sun-shield is a bit out of round on the front end, from the rough ride the scope must have had in the past, so would it be better to wait to round it out until the paint is removed, or should I go ahead and get it right before I strip the old paint? Any preferred techniques for correcting the flat spot?
Also, when applying the stripper, any advice on keeping the stuff OUT of the tubes and sun-shield, or should I count on repainting or preparing to flock the insides after all is said and done?
Thanks and Clear Skies,
Edited by randy_1701, 29 October 2019 - 09:54 AM.