Brushed steel apple watch?

skimcpip

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I remember way back when I had the first iPhone, I was concerned about scuffing on the bezel. I recall finding instructions for brushing the bezel with a scotch-rite sponge in small circular motions to give it a brushed metal look rather than a shiny look. Granted the watch is steel, not chrome, but I wonder if you could do the same with the Apple Watch?

Here's an example with an iPhone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtLSeVx_q1I
 

skimcpip

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youre afraid to scuff the stainless steel so in response youre going to scuff the hell out of it?
I guess that's one way to look at it, but I just think brushed metal looks nicer than shiny metal, which looks nicer than scuffed metal.
 

iamasmith

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I hope apple offers a stainless Apple watch with a brushed finish in the future. I don't like the mirrored finish very much.
Actually Brushed finishes on things constantly in contact with skin are more of a problem. I had a titanium ring that was half smooth and half brushed and within 3 months it was all smooth.

A ring wears evenly smooth whilst the watch would wear smooth in a definite pattern. The rough anodised aluminium is a better choice than steel to preserve a matte effect and I think the polished look on the steel is going to be easier to maintain.
 

ocabj

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youre afraid to scuff the stainless steel so in response youre going to scuff the hell out of it?
People prefer brushed stainless steel finishes on watches because it doesn't show the surface scratches that polished stainless steel does.
 

jmmo20

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this goes back to the ipod early years. The back was stainless steel and it was shiny like a mirror, but it lasted like 2 days before getting massively scratches.

Some brushing made it look beautiful.
http://cdn.head-fi.org/b/bc/747x500px-bc3e2ec5__DSC0176.JPG


the main reason I'm not buying the SS watch is because I really hate shiny metal surfaces. But I love the matt finish of the aluminium watch.,
 

Polaroid

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this goes back to the ipod early years. The back was stainless steel and it was shiny like a mirror, but it lasted like 2 days before getting massively scratches.

Some brushing made it look beautiful.
http://cdn.head-fi.org/b/bc/747x500px-bc3e2ec5__DSC0176.JPG


the main reason I'm not buying the SS watch is because I really hate shiny metal surfaces. But I love the matt finish of the aluminium watch.,
I did this to mine :p
 

crawdad62

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I use a Scotch pad on my "regular" watches all the time. It takes the scratches out of the clasps from resting you wrist on a desk or something. A circular motion would be hard to get a consistent finish. Most brushed metals have a grain to them. As long as you brush the pad along the grain it looks great. Of course with a SS finish that's not brushed you'd have to make the grain yourself. You'll never get a satin finish like the aluminum version has using a pad.
 
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