Watch Clasp Scratch Removal

Uh, hello. Everybody today on this video I'm going to show you a couple of quick ways in which to bring your clasp back to a better condition, try and remove some scratches. Obviously, this gets the most damage on watches.

Now what we've got here, it's one of my own collection, it's, a retro, uh, 70s, Seiko 5. I love this watch. I've done the case. Furthermore, I haven't done the bracelet yet, um.

But I thought I'd have a go on the uh, the clasp just to show you a couple of methods that I use now bearing. In mind this thing is over 40 years old. I don't think it's ever been refinished, um, hopefully you can just see here, it's quite a lot of light scratching really.

I've seen a lot worse than this. But sometimes the light scratching is hiding bigger ones underneath now. This can be applied to any stainless steel, clasp, it's, fairly straightforward. You can either use a rotary tool that I've got here. If you want to get perfect results, if you don't have a tool, and you don't want to buy at all the simple. Solution is to use what people call a scotch write.

Scotch write is a trade name for 3m. There are many other products out there. I actually use a product from a company called Merak their maroon pad. Here is a very fine. It says, VF on if it's. What it stands for some maroon pads from other manufacturers are completely different they're, a lot coarser. So always try and look for the fine or the very fine.

The gray one here is actually ultra fine again, that's made by Merak. I will use that.Also, potentially, um. So this will kind of give you a sort of grain effect as long as you go one way, it's, very quick and easy, it's quite abrasive, too, uh. And all I'm going to do I'm trying to get this into the right light for you guys. Uh is just put my thumb behind it and rub in one direction. Now I am putting on quite a bit of pressure, certainly to start with because you do want to get, you know to cut in now you can, I guess, go back and forth. The main thing is just to go that one direction, try not to.

Go sideways because you want to get, you know, a nice finish, essentially now we'll put up some photographs as well of before and afters just. So you can kind of see what you can get and what you can expect to get from using this sort of products. Now, okay, there is already a difference, um, but as expected, especially because of the age of it there's, still quite a lot of scratches, which are a lot deeper and to be fair. This is not going to get underneath them. You can be persistent with this.

I've. Obviously done it for a minute, if you sat there for 5 or 10 minutes, you know, keep going at it. You will get good results in the end. You can also apply this technique to the entire bracelet also, so it's, just dead straight forward, plenty of pressure.

Obviously, this is stainless steel and stainless steel is tough and that's. Why they make watches and watch bracelets from stainless steel. It's got durability.

But you know if your watch is fairly new, and you've just got some light scratches using a.A bit of this, you know, is going to help you straight away. Obviously, this has got 40 years of abuse. So trying to get out in the best light. You can kind of see that grained finish. But again, it does need quite a bit more work. Um. So the next part of the video we're going to we're going to use the rotary tool down here.

Okay. So I'll. Stop it for now we'll, get it all set up, and I'll talk you through that? Okay. So what I'm going to show you is the abrasive wheels that I'm going to be using, uh.

But first. I thought, I'll just touch on the clamp that I've got here. So if you've seen any other videos, I was just using my vice to hold the rotary dresser, um. Well, I found this one bay. It was 10 pounds. I think, UK.

Money, which is nothing really it's, very flimsy metal as you'd expect, but it's doing the job. Uh, it's like a g-clamp under here, and it's got a ball there. So you can loosen it, and you can put it at any angle. You want to be fair. So for versatility it's versatility is not bad, um.

But it is made of cheap. Material so how long it's going to last I don't know, um. Anyway, what we have here is these are rubberized wheels that are impregnated with aluminum oxide, abrasive, the blue one here is a coarse and what color you'd call that. Um, this is a fine. Now what I like about these, you can probably demonstrate it more on the fine is they're quite soft. They've got lots of flexibility.

Anything too hard. Certainly on a curved area. You run the risk of getting a flat spot if you're holding something on it.

For too long, because they don't have the flex at least with these, they've got flex. So as you're passing them over, you get a sort of an even cut if you like I'm going to start with the uh with the roof and go straight onto the fine. There is a medium one, which I've bought and to be fair, I haven't used it, um I'm, not needed to particularly the main thing here is just to try and get rid of some more of the deeper scratches. If we can. And then we go back over to finish it with the scotch. Brite so all I'm going to do is offer it up to the wheel and go along the uh, the contours of the bracelet. Yes.

Okay. This is the sort of finish that I'm getting obviously it's, uh, it's rough, because the wheel's rough, the steel gets very hot as well. Um.

So what I'll probably do is try and do half-and-half at the moment and uh, see how good we get it? Okay. Now, we'll change the wheel Blaine. Now, I'm, not pressing on particularly like, particularly heavily quite lightly. Okay, have a bit of a finer finish and.Then, if we repeat the starting procedure as you can see scratches on one side, no scratches on the other. If you wanted to use the fine it's, just going to make it a little brighter again, I'll take some still photographs of this. Because I think it probably shows the detail a bit better than the camera.

I'll continue. Now I'll finish the whole thing off. And again, show you some completed photos at the end? Okay, here we have the finished clasp it's taking around 10 minutes or so with the scotch write. To get the kind of finish that you can see here, it's hard to show you in this light in my garage, uh, but it goes to show all the deep scratches are gone, practically there's, a few little blemishes here and there, um. But again, it's going to get marked through me wearing it. Um, it goes to show that with just a few basic abrasives.

You can get quite good results. It's, not perfect by any means, but I'm, not a professional either I'm just trying to show you some of the techniques that I use. I hope. This helps somebody, and thanks for watching you.

Dated : 18-Apr-2022

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