Apple Watch - Scratch Already!

Michael Baturin

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I kind of knew it might happen seeing the others around the web showing off their micro scratches on their Apple Watches. I'm super careful with mine so I have no idea how this happened.

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I'll be trying the steel polish trick tomorrow...ugh
 

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I kind of knew it might happen seeing the others around the web showing off their micro scratches on their Apple Watches. I'm super careful with mine so I have no idea how this happened.

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I'll be trying the steel polish trick tomorrow...ugh
Blame the kids.

And forget the steel polish - get the gold spray paint out!!
 

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Would love to blame the kids, but my first is still 3 months out! Hopefully the polish works. I'm not ready for a gold Apple watch, fake or otherwise lol.
 

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Made some progress. Debating if I should keep going or not. The more I go, the better it gets, but verrrrrry slowly. I'm basically removing micrometers of stainless steel. The gash looks too deep to completely get rid of.

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Wow, that's a pretty deep gash. I noticed some very fine scratches on my 38mm stainless. I too was extremely careful with it.
 

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I just spent another 20 minutes polishing without much more change. Wondering if I should take it to a jeweler or just sulk in my misery haha.
 

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I actually did read an article online that said toothpaste with whitening would take it out. I don't think I'm that big of a risk taker though.
 

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If I were you I'd just accept that your watch is going to scratch. If you try to buff out every single scratch, you're not going to have any steel left after a while.

Or, get a case or skin or something.
 

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If I were you I'd just accept that your watch is going to scratch. If you try to buff out every single scratch, you're not going to have any steel left after a while.

Or, get a case or skin or something.
True! Too much buffing is a bad thing.
 

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Pretty simple stuff ...``you're not wearing it right". ~Apple
 

Michael Baturin

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At the recommendation of someone who knows more than I, I took 800 grit, then 1500 grit, then 2000 grit sandpaper to the steel until the gash was gone - then used Mag and Aluminum Polish. The results - Amazing...

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I used to use 2000 grit to polish my heatsink mating surfaces during my overclocking days. Gave me a beautiful mirror finish to work with.
 

Michael Baturin

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Yeah - I had to go a bit more course to get the scratch buffed out, hence the 800. Then i brought it back to a smooth, albeit not shiny, surface with the 1500 then 2000. The polish made quick work of the rough, flat surface to bring it back to it's shine.
 

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I don't have an Apple Watch, but if I had a stainless steel model, I'd just try to embrace the well-worn look. It would be a constant battle otherwise and I'd always be buffing away layers of metal. I'd buff it right before sale, but otherwise leave it alone.

Think of it like an old pair of jeans, or better yet, a pair that was sold with pre-made holes to bypass the new look completely, or a used leather wallet or iPhone case.

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