Best Way To Buff Out Scratches

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  1. loon3y macrumors 65816

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    suggestions? advice?


    i feel like there should be a sticky thread about this.
     
  2. L-Tuned macrumors regular

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  3. loon3y thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Stainless steel Watch and Link Band
     
  4. Rhcpcjg macrumors regular

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    just ignore the scratches. stainless steel will get scratched no matter what.
     
  5. L-Tuned macrumors regular

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    I have heard good things about Cape Cod polish kit for SS watches.
     
  6. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    +1 saved my SS
     
  7. Ron21 macrumors 6502a

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    +2 The easiest and the best way to buff out scratches on the SS, made my watch brand new again :)
     
  8. Jfieldzz macrumors newbie

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    Highly recommend Chemical guys heavy metal polish. Car product, but have a friend that uses it on his Rolex and looks great after a quick polish.
     
  9. timize macrumors regular

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    $4 at Walmart. You can find it in the automotive aisle near the car detailing products. Just use a tiny bit and rub it on with a microfiber cloth, and poof, the micro scratches are gone. A little goes a long way.
     
  10. dread macrumors 6502a

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    +1 I have gotten out deep scratches with this stuff.
     
  11. Shinigami301 macrumors regular

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    For shiny steel like the SS case, Flitz on a thin cotton pad on a glass work surface. For the brushed bracelet, grey Scothbrite. Green is way too aggressive, the grey is specifically used by pros for the purpose of refinishing brushed bracelets.

    Have used this for more than 20 years on my Omega Speedmasters and Seamasters and they look practically new, especially the bracelet clasps.
     
  12. CharlesShaw macrumors 6502

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    Looking online, the only gray pads I find are primarily used for sanding paint primer before auto painting and sold in bulk (I see someone on eBay sells 5 pads at a good price). Is that the same one you use?
     
  13. JonnyIreland macrumors 6502a

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    I can also recommend the Mother's polish... I bought it ahead of receiving my SS Watch and tested it out on my old iPod (I don't have a "before" pic, but we all know how scratched up the SS back gets on those). Here is a pic of the results.
     

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  14. ozziegn macrumors 6502a

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    I ditched my SS watch and decided to get a regular SG when they're available. Scratches are inevitable on any SS watch and I knew that would drive me crazy. It's an endless losing battle that I didn't want to have.
     
  15. srshaw macrumors 6502

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    I have just noticed a couple of nicks on my SS. I think I'll have a polishing session every 6 months or so. Scratches in the SS I can live with, scratches in the screen would really annoy me though.
     
  16. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    No, it's an instantly losing battle with the SG Sport, since you can't fix scratches. You get one, and then you live with it. With the SS, you get one, and then you fix it in 10 seconds if it's bothersome.
     
  17. srshaw macrumors 6502

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    Completely agree, which is why I got the SS. It's annoying getting a scratch, but knowing I can remove it means I'm not too bothered. If I knew it was permanent, I would be less happy, which is why in my previous post I mentioned I wasn't too bothered about scratches in the metal, but not too happy about scratches in the glass. Having said that the sports watches are meant to be less prones to scratches so maybe its less of a problem with these watches.
     
  18. cosmic68 macrumors 6502

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    Can scratches be fixed on the brushed aluminium does anyone know? Is it the same as above-i.e, polishing with a product/cloth?

    Would that take away the brushed look?
     
  19. Shinigami301 macrumors regular

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    The aluminum is bead blasted and then anodized, not brushed, so there is no consumer level scratch repair available.
     
  20. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    Holy Crap! I didn't know you could buff the scratches out of those old iPods. I wish I had done that before I listed my kids iPods on eBay. I'll bet I coulda got a lot more for them.
     
  21. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Read this now and believe it later. For scratches on the link bracelet, nothing, and I mean NOTHING beats a WHITE ink eraser. Go to the stationary store and ask for a white ink eraser. Take it home and tape the bracelet to a wood board or counter. Slowly and firmly push the eraser over the bracelet in the same direction as the brushed finish. Repeat until the scratches are gone.
     
  22. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Just don't get the Mother's polish on the crystal.
    Even if it's sapphire, the Mother's could scratch it.
     

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