I attempted to polish my SS Apple Watch Series 0

SonRK

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Here are some before and after pictures of me polishing my Apple Watch.

Note it's my first time ever polishing any kind of metal, and I was being quite gentle with it. Next time I'll give it a real scrub. I'm actually very pleased with the outcome! You see a lot more " micro scratches" because I have a light beaming on it, but with normal room lighting it looks brand new!

Pre-Polish : http://imgur.com/a/cHcqU
Post-Polish : http://imgur.com/a/dm6EC
 

Relentless Power

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Not bad. Cleaned up decent. I use Mothers Polish. All though, I have never actually 'Scratched' my Watch. I do have it if in need.

And thats why I purchased the stainless, it can be buffed to a shine. Where as the aluminum Watch, once it scratches, it's permanent.
 

lordofthereef

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I may end up having to do this to my wife's Watch but I'd be scared to Moseley because I've never polished anything before lol. Nice to see how good it looks after. She already has some minor scratches that I honestly didn't notice in her over a year old aluminum. But it's not like I could've done anything about that anyway.
 

lax28

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I neverf polished anything before either, but recently cleaned up my SS watch and there are some real minor marks left. Looks great afterwards. Definitely worth doing.
 

doboy

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Just pickup SS version. What are ppl using to polish, for future reference?
 

lax28

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I used ABENAQUI it is an environmentally safe universal cleaner. It worked ok, I'm sure there are many SS cleaners out there. I just used what I happened to have had around the house.

Edit: to fix grammatical error
 
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IngerMan

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I have both Mothers Chrome and Aluminum polish, both come in red containers. I used them on my motorcycle Chrome pipes and aluminum wheels. I would be leary using the polish and rubbing so close to the screen, rubbing the screen with it on a cloth.

I read somewhere about just using a certain type of cloth, anyone know of a cloth for cleaning SS.
 

doboy

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I have both Mothers Chrome and Aluminum polish, both come in red containers. I used them on my motorcycle Chrome pipes and aluminum wheels. I would be leary using the polish and rubbing so close to the screen, rubbing the screen with it on a cloth.

I read somewhere about just using a certain type of cloth, anyone know of a cloth for cleaning SS.
If I were to ever polish the watch I would tape up the screen first :)
 

perezr10

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I never tape up the screen when I polish my watch. Never had any issues with it.

The ability to polish the stainless steel is part of what makes the stainless steel so much nicer than the aluminum version. Not only does it look nicer, it stays looking nicer.
 

IngerMan

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I never tape up the screen when I polish my watch. Never had any issues with it.

The ability to polish the stainless steel is part of what makes the stainless steel so much nicer than the aluminum version. Not only does it look nicer, it stays looking nicer.

What are you using to polish your SS?
 

greg555

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I have both Mothers Chrome and Aluminum polish, both come in red containers. I used them on my motorcycle Chrome pipes and aluminum wheels. I would be leary using the polish and rubbing so close to the screen, rubbing the screen with it on a cloth.

I read somewhere about just using a certain type of cloth, anyone know of a cloth for cleaning SS.
Cape Cod cloths are what people here recommend. No liquid or paste to get into the openings.
 

BarracksSi

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Cape Cod cloths are what people here recommend. No liquid or paste to get into the openings.
Quoted and emphasized.

For general knowledge --

What does the work of polishing is the slightly abrasive material contained in the paste or liquid. You can work a polishing compound into a cloth and use it when it's dry. Cotton is okay; microfiber is the new hotness.
 

Vihzel

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I would also recommend Cape Cod Cloths. It makes polishing so easy and simple. Rub back and forth with the cloth and then rub with a microfiber cloth. Keep going back and forth until you reach your desired result. The Cape Cod cloths get the job done without any worry of too much polishing cream.

I have polished several times over the past year and while the deeper scratches do not 100% disappear, the smaller scratches are completely gone and the deeper scratches are much fainter.
 
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Bazooka-joe

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Yeah Cape Cod all the way. Works really well. I have a Ceramic on the way so hopefully that should not scratch at all. A friend of mine had a Hermes and that is scratched to hell already
 
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Cranehandler

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I have both Mothers Chrome and Aluminum polish, both come in red containers. I used them on my motorcycle Chrome pipes and aluminum wheels. I would be leary using the polish and rubbing so close to the screen, rubbing the screen with it on a cloth.

I read somewhere about just using a certain type of cloth, anyone know of a cloth for cleaning SS.
Which one is better?
 

NovemberWhiskey

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You can also use any car paint polish that' safe for clear coats. I've been using meguiar's successfully.

If you have a scratch, you want to polish in straight lines perpendicular to the scratch. Not along it's axis with the scratch.
 

IngerMan

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