Best Polishing Cloth for Stainless Steel Apple Watch

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  1. ipaine macrumors member

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    Any recommendations? A few micro-scratches here - nothing big. Just want something that I can use every few weeks to buff it up. Also fancy restoring my 70-year-old Omega to some of its former glory.
     
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    Looks like cape cod has really good reviews on Amazon.
     
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    I live on Cape Cod -- Don't think all the salt in the air will do the steel much good.


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    Hope you're not pairing SS bands to aluminum Sport case. Hate to see what galvanic corrosion would look like where you live ;)
     
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    Suade microfiber with any fine metal polish like flitz
     
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    Somebody in another thread used steel wool and would not recommend it.
     
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    That was for the glass/sapphire. I'm sure it's great for the stainless steel!
     
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    I use a microfiber cloth from where I got my glasses, works great.
     
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    I would probably only use a dry jeweler's polishing cloth if I wanted to remove microscratches. Cape Cod cloths have a cream in them which would be hard to keep from getting into any openings or crevices. In any case, an abrasive polishing is going to remove metal, and you don't want to do that frequently. A soft cloth or even real chamois for removing greasy fingerprints and the like is going to be gentler. And sometimes it may best to just live with the little scratches as added character :D
     
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    Wait...is it actually a problem to do that? I ordered an stainless band for my sport.
     
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    Not likely, as long as you don't leave it outside in a marine environment or wear it while working out (subjecting it to salt from sweat).
     
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    It's not FUD but basic chemistry. Apple doesn't have the magical ability to defeat basic chemistry, just as they can't do the same with physics. While it's true there are plastic nubs in the connectors, sweat can easily form direct conduit between the metals via capillary action.

    Just don't get it soaking wet with sweat and it'll be fine.
     
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    Ahh, good to know. I'll switch to the sport band for working out. But sweating can happen any time, especially in the summer. Maybe I should rinse it off daily during the hot months?
     
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  19. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Wrong. There's no such thing as unanodized aluminum. If you cut aluminum, the new layers will eventually oxidize to form a thin protective layer that acts as its own anodized coating. As such, the galvanic corrosion can occur between anodized aluminum and stainless steel. Perhaps it's less likely to be an issue due to the added artifical coating, but we all know how easy it is to induce scratches or wearing away of anodized aluminum (if the Black and Slate iPhone 5 is any indication).

    Better be safe than sorry and refrain from wearing it while working out.
     
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    If you have any expertise in this area, you'd know that anodized aluminum and stainless steel together pose a bi-metallic corrosion risk. However, the risk is totally dependent on the relative amount of each metal and the conditions they're exposed to. For example, small stainless steel screws on aluminum iPhone do not pose a great risk unless you somehow drop it and leave it out on the beach for about a month or so. An example of a safe use of stainless steel and aluminum together is where SS fasteners are used to secure a large aluminum body, and there should be little risk of corrosion even with un-insulated SS fasteners (probably the same as what you've spec'd). On the other hand, small aluminum bolts holding large stainless steel parts together pose a much higher risk. Everything is relative.
     
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    actually the cape cod clothes are impregnated with chemical, so it would not get into openings. as for BRUSHED SS, not SHINEY SS, that can be buffed with a dry scotchguard pad to remove any microscratches in the brushed finish.
     
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    If you are going to get rid of scratches in stainless steel you have little choice but to "remove a little metal". No other way to remove the scratches except to fill them in with new stainless.
     

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