Apple Watch SS Micro Scratches - How to polish & how often to polish? [MERGED]

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  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020

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    Buff out the scratches using this simple, cheap method.

    http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/26/apple-watch-fix-scratches/

    BTW, most scratches will be tiny and not noticeable by others. Don't worry about it. Don't buff it every week. Wait a few months. People have these scratches on high end watches and don't sweat it. But eventually, you'll want to buff it out and make it like new again. Be vary careful to not force the polish into the the crevices. ;)
     
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  4. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Having to buy metal polish to remove scratches from a watch you only got a few days ago is crazy!

    No way on earth would I want SS now, it's just too soft and too easy to see any damage.
     
  5. ttexxan macrumors regular

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    I have worn my SS last couple of days zero scratches, but what do you expect?? Easy buff out...I would rather have that than a face that scratches and unable to get them out
     
  6. susan12369 macrumors 6502

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    I have worn mine since getting it Friday morning, and have no visible scratches. Fingerprints, yes; scratches, no.
     
  7. loyalist macrumors 6502

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    Hope the 2nd generation will be made out of titanium to avoid scuffing from daily use.
     
  8. Kroxx macrumors regular

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    Ive had my SS watch on for 3 full days now and I have absolutely no scratches.... If you have scratches then you can't be that careful, my watch touches nothing but my skin and the top I'm wearing.....
     
  9. whatos macrumors 6502a

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    It seems that there's a possibility that the grade of stainless used is subject to abrasion and scratching rather easily.

    My ten year old SS Rolex Submariner remains scratch free which they're known for and one reason I bought it. Thinking the Apple Watch would also be very scratch resistant I choose SS.

    Much to my surprise mine is already showing a minor scratch, even though I'm always careful with my watches. I will keep a close eye on it and see how it holds up.
     
  10. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    Too soft? Have you ever worn a stainless steel watch. Anything but soft.

    And guess what? Watches -- exposed and open at all times -- will get scratched.

    Don't want scratches? Don't wear a watch. Or pay 4x as much for titanium.

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    The Rolexes aren't has highly polished, so micro-abrasions won't show as much.

    My stainless steel and gold Concord is ~20 years old and has a few scratches, too, but it's a more matte finish, so harder to see from a distance.
     
  11. FrankySavvy macrumors 65816

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    SS Owners Club - Micro Scratches - How often to Polish?

    Those of you in the Stainless Steel owners club I'm sure you love your shiny watch as do I. However the inevitable micro scratches that seem to slowly appear on our beautifully polished watches lead to some dismay :eek:

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    But there is hope!

    These micro scratches are removable :)

    As seen in this video by Dom from Macmixing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqb8LFt4MI0&spfreload=10

    But this raises the question.

    How often should we polish our watches?.

    I am sure after awhile over polishing could affect the finish. Also, since these micro scarcthes appear weekly, polishing it too often would be futile.

    I was thinking maybe a polish every 6 months?

    How about you guys?
     
  12. mac.cali macrumors 65816

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    Do you plan on keeping it forever? I would think it would take a whole lot of polishing before you noticed a difference. If you follow their upgrade cycle then I doubt you will noticed a difference during your ownership period.
     
  13. Diginari macrumors regular

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    It is solid SS mate, you will have bought a new GEN Apple watch a few times over before you notice any degrading of polishing every day.
     
  14. FrankySavvy macrumors 65816

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    so polishing monthly is safe on the stainless steel?
     
  15. Diginari macrumors regular

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    100% fine mate
     
  16. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Patina is part of the game and it'll be obsolete by the time it's in dire need of a professional polishing so never.
     
  17. FrankySavvy macrumors 65816

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    Very cool, do I have to tape up the sapphire screen and heart rate sensor before polishing?

    Also do I have to watch out for the engraving on the back or is that fine?

    Thanks
     
  18. Diginari macrumors regular

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    Personally, I would just be careful, but if you want to tape it up that's cool. I personally will just be polishing carefully a few times a month, no need to go to hard (force) on the polishing.
     
  19. Technodynamic macrumors 6502

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    I'd think every couple months would be good. don't get anal about every single micro scratch or you'll drive yourself mad.
     
  20. FrankySavvy macrumors 65816

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    I'm not, especially since they are removable. Any polish recommendations?
     
  21. mac.cali macrumors 65816

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    Doubt it will mess up the screen. Unless you're polishing with a diamond blade.
     
  22. jtrue28 macrumors 6502

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    Keep in mind that "polishing" is removing a very fine layer every time you do it.
     
  23. Glene macrumors 6502

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    Use a spiegan clear protector case when you are casual, who gives a crap what people say, then slide it off for more formal occasions......no polishing needed.
     
  24. FrankySavvy macrumors 65816

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    and the chemical won't affect the sapphire?
     
  25. mac.cali macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't think so. But try it and report back.
     

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