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mattysouthall

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Even though Apple states "Apple does not recommend polishing or buffing the watch with abrasives." Who has buffed or cleaned there Stainless Steel watch?

I have done it with mine because the amount of scratches and rough surface those scratches caused around the edges.
 

maflynn

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Based on the threads and posts, I'd say many members here have done it. Being an owner of the sports model, this does not pertain to me :)
 
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LS3 POWER

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I have used a polishing cloth but thats it, I am thinking eventually I will take it to a jeweler to have the scratches buffed out since they can typically get all scratches out.
 
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JayLenochiniMac

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Apple's statement that "[they do] not recommend polishing or buffing the watch with abrasives" is nothing more than a CYA statement, no different from "submerging the watch is not recommended" (even though it's waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes) and "the leather bands aren't water resistant."

They do not want people polishing or buffing the aluminum models and you have to know what you're doing if you're polishing the SS models lest you mess them up.
 
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flur

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i use cape cod polishing cloth to get all scratches out of the SS. i have done it several times and the watch looks like new.

+2. Just did this over the weekend and the watch looks great.
 
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douglasf13

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Nope. I have the link bracelet, and I like the watch to look a little worn in, just like my mechanical dive watches.
 
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mattysouthall

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I have used Autosol from Amazon. It has removed the rough surface scratches and smoothen it out, happy with the results except it still has scratches, I probably will take it to professionals and get it done properly eventually.
 
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LS3 POWER

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i use cape cod polishing cloth to get all scratches out of the SS. i have done it several times and the watch looks like new.
i use cape cod polishing cloth to get all scratches out of the SS. i have done it several times and the watch looks like new.

I am using the same clothes but mine still shows the normal wear scratches. Maybe I am not rubbing long or hard enough?
 
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douglasf13

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Likewise. Mine won't be going beyond an occasional wash in warm, soapy water.

Yep, just like my Rolex, I wear the thing all day, and I clean it when I shower. No reason to get worried about a bunch of scratches on a steel watch.
 
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mattysouthall

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Anyone think the black stainless steel apple watch will show up more when it scratches?
 
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Craiguyver

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i use cape cod polishing cloth to get all scratches out of the SS. i have done it several times and the watch looks like new.

+4. I bought my SS used and noticed it had small scratches along the top of the watch. I used the Cape Cod cloth as well and had successful results. It looks like new now or extremely close to it. I am happy with the results.
 
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studIOS5

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Just used the cape cod polishing cloth on my launch day 42mm SS Apple Watch and my fiancé's 38mm. The results are mind blowing. Hers was way worse than mine. Pretty much dull with scratches. They both look NEW after about 15 mins of polishing.
 

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Gav2k

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+1 on the cape cod polishing cloth. I waited for the 6 month mark to do it and it was like new after.
 
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douglasf13

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What I'd like to see is someone brush the polished steel finish. A brushed finish could look great.
 
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LS3 POWER

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Did you all cut the cloth down? I have a 2 pack but the cloths are pretty large and I worry about it getting on the sapphire glass? Did you just rub it like a normal cloth and on average how long per side?
 
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studIOS5

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Did you all cut the cloth down? I have a 2 pack but the cloths are pretty large and I worry about it getting on the sapphire glass? Did you just rub it like a normal cloth and on average how long per side?

I didn't worry about the glass (obviously I didn't intentionally rub the glass) it took about 2-3 minutes per side and I spent about a minute on the bottom. I definitely applied a lot of pressure (hand cramp after doing 2 watches). I don't think I did any sort of damage during the process. Both watches are functioning perfectly and look wonderful.
 
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Radeon85

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i use cape cod polishing cloth to get all scratches out of the SS. i have done it several times and the watch looks like new.

I have had my 42mm SS watch since launch and I use the cape cod polish cloth on mine whenever a few tiny hairline marks appear (used about 6 times). After 10 months it still looks like new, even put under a very bright light the finish is perfect, not a scratch anywhere.

It only takes a few minutes to do.
 
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Jvjlite

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I bought a used SS Apple Watch on eBay, listed as in "excellent condition". It arrived in very scratched up, but "working" condition. I used a Cape Cod polishing cloth + the careful use of a dremel tool, using a soft polishing brush to bring the watch to a pristine, like new finish.
 
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b0fh666

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good to know, mine is a bit dull by this point... wonder what my alternatives are as this thing u mention is certainly not available here.
 
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