Apple watch, mirror finish gone

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by AndrewR23, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    I used a polish on my watch for the first time, cape cod I think with a kind of rough polish cloth. It removed all the scratches but its not shiny anymore.....


    Does anyone know how I can make it shiny ? Thanks
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    You should add specifics so someone who has similar experience might can help.

    Case and/or crystal
    SS, Al or Au (if Au you should have a watch polisher on staff :D)
    Exact brand of polish, amount used, rough (sorry bad word:eek:) time/force used and a pic of the polish bottle, cloth and :apple:Watch to show the state.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Explain "with a rough polish cloth".

    The Cape Cod cloth is a very very mild abrasive and leaves a shiny surface. If you used a more abrasive type cloth it will get rid of the scratches more quickly but will not leave as shiny of a surface.

    You will need to follow up with a very fine abrasive to remove the abrasion marks and return to a shiny finish.
     
  4. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It was cape cod in a polish container. Didn't come with a cloth.

    The thing I used was a small cloth from a stainless steel scratch removal tool from Home Depot

    The watch is a 42 mm stainless steel

    But yes you are right. I used a more abrasive cloth. It did remove the scratches fast but no shine. What do you mean fine abrasive ??
    Ty for your reply
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    By quickly getting rid of your scratches with a more abrasive cloth, it introduced micro scratches where you used it. You will need to find a ultra fine abrasive to get rid of these. You can do it with the Cape Cod polish on a microfiber cloth but it will take some time. It will bring you back a mirror finish sooner or later depending on how aggressive the abrasive cloth you used. The Cape Cod is a super fine abrasive polish that will bring a mirror finish at the cost of taking more time.

    You need an abrasive that is somewhere between the abrasive cloth and the abrasive in the Cape Cod cloth. This will get you closer, quicker, than just using the CapeCod cloth.
     
  6. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ty, yes I first used a "kind of rough" cloth with the Cape cod polish. Once I saw the shine gone I used the cape cod soaked towel/cloths, that removed the micro scratches from the rough cloth but the shine hadn't come back.

    Ill keep using the cape cloth soaked polish cloth.
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    It will take some time but it will bring back the shine. It all depends on how "rough" the cloth was. DuPont make some automotive polishes that can be picked up at the local car parts shop if required.

    Good luck.
     
  8. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    I only use the cloth that came with the cape cod and a normal microfiber cloth. Polish the watch with cape cod and then with the micro until all residue is gone. Continue doing this until you are happy with the result.
     
  9. GrindedDown macrumors 6502a

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    I bought and use two things regularly to keep my watch shiny and new as the day it was purchased. The first is a can of mother's mag aluminum polish. A dab of this on a microfiber cloth, with just a touch of elbow grease will get rid of most scratches and smooth out the surface to make it shiny. You'll need to wash your watch with a small touch of dish soap and i use a toothbrush to get out gunk from the crevices.

    The second item i bought is this thing called a fabriluster cloth. One side contains a very mildly abrasive compound that helps to make the watch extra shiny. The other side of the cloth is used to buff out any scratches or kinks.

    Both can be had on amazon for just a few bucks. Money well spend imo.
     
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  11. Julien macrumors G3

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    Probably not a good idea since (stainless) steel had a fairly low Mohs index. Since it is just 316 stainless steel I would stick with a commercial product that IS formulated for SS.

    No sense in trying to reinvent the wheel.
     
  12. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Not sure if anyone cares for an update but here ya go.

    Thanks to @Newtons Apple i kept polishing with the cape cod soaked cloths. After a few times it started getting shiny again. So it is def possible to fix if this ever happens to you. Thanks guys!
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Glad to see it is working out.
     
  14. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Can we change the title of the thread to something like, "I accidentally gave my SS AW a brushed finish; how can I polish it smooth again?"
     
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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  16. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Sure, but the original title sounds like there's a factory defect in the watch finish when, instead, the OP wrecked it himself.
     
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    We would not want to diss Apple.

    Just relax and it will be fine.
     

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