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noob in 89

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...those soft lenses scratch easily so I tend to find more frames than clean lenses.
I was wondering if you guys ever put any major effort into cleaning up or restoring old frames. I got to visit this place called Retro Specs recently, and I was amazed at what could be done. They’re an outfit with a network of pickers who find old glasses, and then completely take apart, wash, “sand”, I guess, and sometimes rebuild them from various parts, to the point where 30-70 year old frames can look somehow better than new. They apparently invented unique machines devoted to this, but I was thinking of trying a poor man’s version based on YouTube tutorials (toothpaste for the lenses!).

Anyway, if anyone ever visits LA or Las Vegas, I think you’d enjoy stopping by. They had everything. I was like, Hey, do you have those Cazals worn by Run DMC? And they were like, Bam — try these on. Porsche Design as seen on Miami Vice? Right over here. My wife started tugging on my arm after I said, Hunter S. Thompson?, and they slid open a cool secret case with various Ray Ban shooting glasses from the 70s. Probably the coolest store I’ve ever seen.

Of course, I recognized most of the stuff from this thread. :fistbump:
 

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I was wondering if you guys ever put any major effort into cleaning up or restoring old frames. I got to visit this place called Retro Specs recently, and I was amazed at what could be done. They’re an outfit with a network of pickers who find old glasses, and then completely take apart, wash, “sand”, I guess, and sometimes rebuild them from various parts, to the point where 30-70 year old frames can look somehow better than new. They apparently invented unique machines devoted to this, but I was thinking of trying a poor man’s version based on YouTube tutorials (toothpaste for the lenses!).

Anyway, if anyone ever visits LA or Las Vegas, I think you’d enjoy stopping by. They had everything. I was like, Hey, do you have those Cazals worn by Run DMC? And they were like, Bam — try these on. Porsche Design as seen on Miami Vice? Right over here. My wife started tugging on my arm after I said, Hunter S. Thompson?, and they slid open a cool secret case with various Ray Ban shooting glasses from the 70s. Probably the coolest store I’ve ever seen.

Of course, I recognized most of the stuff from this thread. :fistbump:
So I do this with fine scratches on watch crystals that aren't Sapphire and headlights: toothpaste

Buffs small scratches out. I haven't tried it on sunglasses but if you feel daring yolo
 

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So I do this with fine scratches on watch crystals that aren't Sapphire and headlights: toothpaste

Buffs small scratches out. I haven't tried it on sunglasses but if you feel daring yolo
However, Toothpaste can be heavily abrasive. it's pretty nasty stuff.

If you want a real possibility of success, go to your auto parts store.
and get a "Headlight restoration kit" for about $8.
it will have 3 compounds in it, with a specialty cloth and a small foam block.
wrap the cloth around the foam block, apply some of the softest micro compound. and buff in small circles, both to apply, and to remove. then do the same, horizontally,vertically,and diagonally, like the British flag.
Then a clean cloth.

still scratches? start again with the 2nd compound, then repeat with the lightest compound. then a flannel cloth, and a glasses cloth.
finish by hand washing with bottled water.
Allow to dry. and clean as you would regular glasses. with regular glasses cleaner.

you should not need to use the heavy compound, but you could use what's left of the kit to do your headlights. :fonz:
 

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I'll check them out next time I'm in LA. I have a pair of Tart Optical FDR with shrinkage on the arms. Wonder if they have any tricks for that. Doubtful though.

I was wondering if you guys ever put any major effort into cleaning up or restoring old frames. I got to visit this place called Retro Specs recently, and I was amazed at what could be done. They’re an outfit with a network of pickers who find old glasses, and then completely take apart, wash, “sand”, I guess, and sometimes rebuild them from various parts, to the point where 30-70 year old frames can look somehow better than new. They apparently invented unique machines devoted to this, but I was thinking of trying a poor man’s version based on YouTube tutorials (toothpaste for the lenses!).

Anyway, if anyone ever visits LA or Las Vegas, I think you’d enjoy stopping by. They had everything. I was like, Hey, do you have those Cazals worn by Run DMC? And they were like, Bam — try these on. Porsche Design as seen on Miami Vice? Right over here. My wife started tugging on my arm after I said, Hunter S. Thompson?, and they slid open a cool secret case with various Ray Ban shooting glasses from the 70s. Probably the coolest store I’ve ever seen.

Of course, I recognized most of the stuff from this thread. :fistbump:
 

Bon Vivant Life

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Military guys, what is this? Leather pea coat type, buttons on front have been replaced.View attachment 1205479View attachment 1205480View attachment 1205481
I thinks it's German Navy (kriegsmarine),possibly wartime

https://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?t=348439
Similar to a German U boat jacket, missing slant pockets. It looks badass, need better pics when you get it home.
It is I think ,not sure if it's U Boat or just warship but a RBN number is definitely German militarym
The 0 is made in Germany,the next four numbers are a code for the region it was made in and the next 4 is the factory itself .
I can post it for you and see what they say
sadly not mine, was helping someone at bins try to identify age and possible value
 

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