Dial Refinisher

Refinish watch dials according to specifications.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Dial Refinishers do?

Refinishes watch dials, according to specifications: Removes original finish and dial markings, such as numerals and calibrations on faceplate, using chemical solution and buffing wheel or wire brush. Applies specified finish to dial, using plating solution. Embosses and retouches markings, using stamping equipment, paint, and brush. Sprays dial with lacquer to preserve finish. May attach numerals to faceplate with rivets. May apply radium to dial markings to form luminous dial.


Should I be a Dial Refinisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Appliance Painter-and-Refinisher, Automobile Refinisher, Bowling Pin Refinisher, Duco Polisher, Mannequin Refinisher See More

    How to become a Dial Refinisher

    Most Dial Refinishers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9bbaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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