How to Remove Scratches from the Watch Case?

By on 20/07/2014

1h removal, Scratches on your prized watch case? Find out how you can remove scratches from polished stainless steel watches.

First of all, polishing a watch is usually part of servicing when it goes back to a good watchmaker or the brand service center. However, there are some brave collectors who like to try it out themselves. Please note removing scratches out of a polished steel bracelet can be a tricky and complicated process without the use of a specialized polishing wheel.

Since not everyone can own specialized machines and tools, we have listed some tips to get a sufficient finish at home. Before we list them, we would like to warn you that we do not recommend trying any of these unless you are confident in your know-how and expertise of the technique.

3For polished bracelets and cases you can use a small hand-held Dremel Multi-Tool with a Polishing Mop Attachment. When using the tool, ensure you do not push too hard as it might just blur the edges otherwise and change its shape. Use polishing rouge, which is available from most jewelry tool suppliers, to make certain you get an intense finish and don’t use the same mop for different types of rouge. Ensure you clean the bracelet with tepid water, detergent and a soft tooth brush to get rid of surplus rouge afterwards as any remains between the links can create chafing and rasping.

2For matte or satin finish bracelets use a little abrasive coarse block like Garyflex to give back the look of the watch. We recommend the 120-grit for home use as anything weightier will give you a rough grain and anything lighter would tend to make the polish brighter, rather than grain it.

Extreme care must be taken to remove excess abrasive that is left on the bracelet as this will undo all the hard work when it rubs and damages the watch. It is also very important to be careful not to touch any other parts of the watch. If required, use masking tape to ensure it does not wear and tear at other places and gives a ragged polished look. To get a perfect grain is an art and skill and if done poorly, the watch will look shoddier than what it did before you initiated the process.

Most watchmakers have wide-ranging and intensive training and education on polishing watches. It is always more recommendable to leave it to the professionals. However if you are careful and scrupulous with the method mentioned above, you are sure to get at least a passable result if not better.

Have you tried these techniques before? Tell us your experience and results in the comments section below. Also, we would love to hear if you have any specific tips to keep in mind when working with the tools. (PS We take no responsibility in those who go ahead and polish their watches)

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