Buffing out SS scratches. How often?

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  1. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    I'm trying to decide between the SB and SS. I personally think the SS looks pretty nice but it does pick up scratches. How often are the scratches being polished out? Thanks.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    That depends how often you want to remove the scratches. It doesn’t take very much to scratch the regular 316L stainless steel model. You can use a cape cod cloth to remove the scratches fairly easily if you want. If you’re somebody that’s concerned about scratches, then I would suggest the stainless steel black model, which has the diamond like carbon coating, which is highly scratch resistant and extremely durable.
     
  3. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    I had the SS S2 and never once polished it. I kind of liked the scratches, I thought it added a bit of character to the body.
     
  4. Relentless Power, Mar 27, 2018
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    After a while, consistently polishing out the
    the scratches actually just becomes redundant. The scratches on the regular stainless model gives it more of a patina if you will.
     
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    I’ve had my stainless steel watch since last October. I haven’t felt the need to polish it yet. I’m sure if I look closely I’ll find scratches but none are immediately obvious at a glance.
     
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    How often is up to YOU!
     
  8. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Same here, but only after ten years. Maybe. :p
     
  9. sananda macrumors 68020

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    I didn't know it was possible to remove scratches!
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The two methods you can use is a Cape Cod Cloth or Mother’s stainless polishing paste. I would recommend the cloth over the paste, that way you don’t take the risk of lodging the paste in any crevices or openings with the Apple Watch.
     
  11. sananda, Mar 29, 2018
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    Thanks. I'll try a Cape Cod Cloth.
     
  12. jimbo1mcm thread starter macrumors 68000

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    There are a few videos around that tell you to use latex gloves so you don't get the chemicals in the CC cloth into your body. Let us know how you make out with your scratches.
     
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    (side note: I've wondered who it was at Cape Cod Cloth Inc.® decided to spread the word about their product on social media and in web forums; there are dozens of products out there that can polish metal -- not all of them in paste or liquid form, either -- and you can buy them at the grocery store. But hey, if doing mail order for a packet of chemical-infused rags floats your boat...)
     
  14. mcdj macrumors G3

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    Cape Cod cloth has been around forever, and was popular way before people figured out the Internet was even a way to market anything. I’ve been using them on my watches since 1998.
     
  15. Ndhusmc macrumors newbie

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    Scratches on SB look bad but are inevitable. Scratches on SS are a non-issue and considered patina.
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Its called reviews/internet searches and Cape Cod has longevity of history. One person writes about a product (Cape Cod Cloths) that they used on the stainless Apple Watch and Cape Cod cloths are not available widely just anywhere, they are primarily for
    Ordering on the Internet, more specifically Amazon. What do consumers do when they don’t know about a product or if it safe to use a product? The write reviews On it.
     
  17. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Meh. I didn't start polishing anything 'till the late 80's, and when I was younger, not even my mom used Cape Cod-branded cloths for her jewelry.

    Most of the time these days when I polish silver or steel, I don't use paste or liquid anymore because the rags I use have enough polishing compound embedded in their fibers.
     
  18. HDFan macrumors 65816

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    But it still scratches/shows wear on edge:

    IMG_5001 (1).jpg
     
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The DLC coating is not scratch proof, but it is highly durable. Given the amount of wear the black stainless steel link bracelet will show, there is very little you can do about it.
     
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    I’ve never known a coating of any kind to be scratchproof.

    Give it a little more time and it’ll look awesome, though:

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