Brushed steel apple watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by skimcpip, May 27, 2015.

  1. skimcpip macrumors regular

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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
     
  2. edlex macrumors 68000

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    Satin or a stone wash finish would look nice too.
     
  3. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    youre afraid to scuff the stainless steel so in response youre going to scuff the hell out of it?
     
  4. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  5. skimcpip thread starter macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  6. iamasmith macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  7. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    People prefer brushed stainless steel finishes on watches because it doesn't show the surface scratches that polished stainless steel does.
     
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    It would make a good match with the stainless steel link bracelet...

    ... which, of course, is also brushed.
     
  9. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

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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.,
     
  10. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

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    I did this to mine :p
     
  11. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

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    same here, if I remember correctly I did it to a 3rd gen and then 4th gen.
     
  12. crawdad62 macrumors regular

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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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