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02-08-2019, 04:13 PM

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Thank you guys to share your first hand experience. I'll experiemnt and let you know the outcome for sure. BTW the sights that I actually have are called "pearlite" but I think it's only a fancy word for plastic.

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Yeah like Trent stated, the mother of pearl is the way to go for your project. Itís just way too nice of a table to use plastic sights. That mother of pearl is really beautiful!
  
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02-08-2019, 04:33 PM

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What is your preferred source for mother of pearl ?

Martin
I buy them in bags of 50 from Crystal Leisure. The price is super cheap and 1/3 of them are not right, but, the rest work.

You can also find them on ebay in smaller quantities. Good luck and cant wait to see your finished table.

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02-08-2019, 05:01 PM

What is the correct diameter?


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02-08-2019, 05:04 PM

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What is the correct diameter?
10mm and you can buy them here:


https://www.classicbilliards.net/ant...-diameter.html



7/16" and you can buy them here:

https://www.classicbilliards.net/ant...-7-16inch.html



The ones I buy from Crystal Leisure(have to be a business to buy from ) are 11mm / 7/16" and can be found here: http://www.crystalleisure.com/products.php#top
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06-12-2019, 08:32 AM

Hello guys

I bought a bunch of mother of pearl sight for my restore and I've found that they are not really shiny, there is still some apparent fine scratches on the surface. I wonder what is the proper way to polish them ? I was thinking about running them in a circular motion on very fine grit wet sandpaper....

Frankly , actually my fake plastic sights looks better.

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06-12-2019, 04:14 PM

Here's a thought for you guys....clear fingernail polish over the sights before staining makes them easy to clean off with Q-tips later, or magic tape, trimmed to fit the sights, peel off when done.
  
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06-12-2019, 04:31 PM

Pics from my I-phone really don’t do justice to the Mother-of-Pearl (MOP), but here goes...not sure how plastic sights could even compare to the look of MOP. There are various colors and swirls in the MOP that my camera just can't capture.



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06-12-2019, 06:30 PM

I agree Lawnboy, your's looks very nice but mine are really dull, that's why I'm looking for a way to polish them...

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06-13-2019, 08:36 AM

I got this tip from a web site of a place selling mother of pearl and other types of shell...

Temporarily glue (touch of hot glue) a flat tooth pick to the top face of the sight. Then put a slow setting gel type crazy glue into the hole, press in the sight and tape it down. The match stick holds the sight level to the rail. After it dries, carefully remove the match and clean up.

Haven't tried this, but I think if you're careful with the amount of glue you may not need to do much if any additional sanding or refinishing.
  
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06-13-2019, 11:49 AM

When mine came from Classic Billiards, I noticed those fine scratches too. I assumed they were just milling marks / sand scratches.
I just wet sanded mine, with 600 to start, then 1000-1500-2000 and then really worn out 2000. Probably overkill, but it worked. I installed mine after the finish.
  
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06-13-2019, 12:13 PM

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When mine came from Classic Billiards, I noticed those fine scratches too. I assumed they were just milling marks / sand scratches.
I just wet sanded mine, with 600 to start, then 1000-1500-2000 and then really worn out 2000. Probably overkill, but it worked. I installed mine after the finish.

Thank you, I'll try that. Did you saw a big difference before and after polishing ?

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06-14-2019, 06:48 AM

Yes, all the scratches came out. Wet sand. If not, definitely wear a mask.
  
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06-14-2019, 09:53 AM

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Yes, all the scratches came out. Wet sand. If not, definitely wear a mask.
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