How Often To Polish SS Apple Watch

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  1. juwttt macrumors member

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    Hey guys!

    I was wondering how often I can polish my SS Apple Watch without hurting the watch or taking off too many layers of thin (very thin) metal. I saw some comments saying if you polish in the wrong way or too often, the surface will become uneven. Is that true? Do any of you guys have any experience?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. tylerdw89 macrumors 6502

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    I believe jewelers recommend once every 6 months for a true polishing.
     
  3. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the response. But let's say I want to polish once a week or something, would that be bad?

    Thanks
     
  4. cosmic68 macrumors 6502

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    So someone just took the time to tell you 6 months and you come back with every week?

    Wind your neck in and just enjoy your watch-it's going to scratch and scuff.
     
  5. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    I am just asking, thanks for the reponse
     
  6. tylerdw89 macrumors 6502

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    I think you could do a very light polishing or just use a microfiber cloth. You mentioned in your original post the loss of metal and the outer coating (if there is one, I'm not sure).

    Stainless steel will get micro scratches and the occasional deeper scratch. There's no way around it in afraid.
     
  7. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh okay, thanks again :)
     
  8. hallidc macrumors 6502

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    I believe you can use a cod cloth to lightly polish the watch. I would polish every year depending on the condition of the watch.
     
  9. jjlannoo Suspended

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    I would say never. Just wipe it off if it's dirty.
     
  10. cosmic68 macrumors 6502

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    Fair enough. If not being gruff and being constructive-I personally would listen to the 1st response, if that's what a jeweller would recommend. Proper polishing will take layers off plus you wouldn't want to marr the finish somehow by over polishing.

    Daily microfibre won't hurt.

    If it's something you are worried about, I think once the first few dings and scuffs happen-you'll not stress about it too much and get used to it looking a certain way (used).
     
  11. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I am wiping with a glasses cloth and some simple eye glass cleaner

    Thanks for the input


    I appreciate your response! I am just asking because this is first SS watch I have had and I want it to last and look good :).
     
  12. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    The case is stainless steel, and would be solid.

    There are no "layers of thin (very thin) metal" that you risk removing by polishing stainless steel.
    You are thinking of plating, such as chrome, etc. Stainless steel is an alloy, not a surface plating process.
    A touch up (as in wiping fingerprints from the case with a soft cloth) can be done whenever needed. More involved polishing (such as a jeweler would do), wouldn't need to be done very often - at most, once or twice a year - maybe...
    My own opinion - leave 'battle scars' as is. Gives your watch character!
     
  13. cosmic68 macrumors 6502

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    You are so fantastically polite and have put my first response to utter shame-good on you.

    I've owned LOTS of SS watches. There is no avoiding it. Its a relatively soft metal and gets dinged up super quick (as in you will have a fair few by day 2/3. Nothing major at first, but then the metal goes a bit 'hazy'...the thing is, they look great still (well I think so).

    There are cases...but, I wouldn't want to cover mine up.

    Do you have it yet? What did you get?
     
  14. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    I am a newbie their is no doubt about it :). Yeah, I don't want to cover it up, the watch is very nice looking and I love the nice design! I got the SS 38 mm with classic buckle yesterday and I already noticed a few very light stratches (that is why I am asking). I just ordered this from amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/BlueMagic-400-Metal-Polish-Cream/dp/B000BO8Z9I

    Thanks again!
     
  15. cosmic68 macrumors 6502

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    Oooof, i'd get DeltaMac to chip in here, he seems to know what he's talking about. Looks like it could be overdone.
     
  16. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, sounds good
     
  17. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I'll go "oooof", too! Not sure if I would touch a watch case with metal polish designed to keep your car wheels looking nice. Find a product that is designed for fine jewelry.
    I think that someone might say that their car wheels are, in fact, fine jewelry.
    I would be inclined to disagree. :D
    Someone else may chime in with a good choice.
    Or, talk to an actual jeweler (if you can still find one :) )
     
  18. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm I was reading on 9to5 Mac they were using polish like that. Do you have one to recommend? Also how often is good enough for keeping the watch looking good and not hurt it?

    Thanks man!

    Edit: they used this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009H519Y/ref=pd_aw_sim_263_4?refRID=08YXZMCHKJW4BCWXXAJY
     
  19. rhsmd1 macrumors member

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    i'm amazed at the number of people who have never owned or cared for a watch. Wow.
     
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    water and microfiber has always worked just fine for me personally.
     
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    Sometimes dirt and debris get in between the cloth and can scratch the watch. It's stainless steel. Expect it to scratch and scuff
     
  23. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed.

    Wiping it with a microfiber cloth is just going to remove fingerprint smudges, not scratches, and runs the risk that sand or dust particulates might actually scratch it in the process. A little water will clear the smudges without that risk.

    And for scratch treatment, polish professionally every 6-12 months based on its condition.
     
  24. juwttt thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the input! I use 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water with a cloth to clean everyday.

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    But won't that cause long term damage to the watch?
     
  25. mcdj macrumors 604

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    "Hoping to fashion a mirror, the lover doth polish the face of his beloved until he produces a skull."

    -John Updike
     

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