How To Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel Watches

When we purchase something, it often doesn’t remain in perfect condition for long. The daily routines of life can cause our possessions to get broken and suffer damage, despite our best intentions.

Watches and jewelry are particularly prone to receiving the odd scrape. A slight knock of our watch against a rough surface can be detrimental to its appearance and leave it covered in unsightly scratches.

Although wristwatches are used for telling the time, for some people they are so much more than that. They are carefully designed accessories that garner attention and are made to look stylish and impressive on your arm. So, when a watch incurs an injury, it can be devastating for the owner.

Luckily for those of us who own stainless steel watches, there is an easy way to remove scratches at home. If you’re unfortunate enough to damage your timepiece, make sure to follow these steps below to get your watch looking brand new again. 

Removing Scratches on Straps

Stainless steel is very strong, which makes it the perfect material choice for watches. It can withhold lots of potential bashes, and still function. However, if you’re not careful, your stainless-steel watch could begin to look tired and damaged. 

If you own a stainless-steel watch, then you’ll likely have scratched the strap once or twice. It’s an inevitable fate as a watch owner, but there is something you can do about this. Light scratches on the watch bracelet are easy to remove at home, providing you have the right materials. Here’s a step by step breakdown of what to do:

  1. Make sure you have the right materials. You’ll need a cloth, a specially formulated watch polish, and stainless-steel powder.
  2. First, wipe the watch straps down with the cloth. It’s important you use a lint-free one, as a hard cloth could damage the metal even further.
  3. Mix the stainless steel powder with water, and apply it to a dry lint-free cloth. In circular motions, gently rub the formula onto the light scratches of the strap. 
  4. Once this is done, remove any excess formula.
  5. With a clean cloth, place a tiny amount of polish onto it. Lightly polish the strap, until the scratches aren’t visible. It’s important to not over-polish, as this can be detrimental and make the metal look dull. 
  6. After you’ve finished, remove the polish, and buff the bracelet by giving it a soft rub with the dry cloth. 

If you follow this method, then the scratches on your watch should disappear, leaving your timepiece looking brand new again. 

Removing Scratches on Glass

A watch owner’s worst nightmare is glancing at their watch to discover deep scratches etched onto the face of their timepiece. Watch faces can be made from a variety of different glass, with each one offering varying degrees of strength. Nordgreen watches are made from sapphire crystal glass, surrounded by a stainless-steel case. The use of crystal glass makes the watch face very strong and means that it is unlikely to shatter. Due to its strength, it can withhold most scratches if it comes into contact with a rough surface. 

Scratches and scrapes on crystal can occur, and if this happens, they need to be dealt with in a different way to how stainless-steel strap scratches are repaired. If you scratch your crystal glass face, you can remove the marks at home. However, it is very important that you are careful in doing so, as a faulty removal could create an uneven appearance that ruins the glass surface. Here is a breakdown of how to remove a scratch from your watch’s face:

  1. Clean the surface of your watch’s face before starting, to ensure that the glass is clean and dry.
  2. Then, take a diamond paste and put a small amount of this on a clean cloth. Make sure that you buy a high-quality diamond paste, as these are effective in smoothing out scratches on hard surfaces. When buying a paste, make sure that you purchase one with the right micrometer amount. This factor can drastically affect the results, and if you buy a paste that is too harsh, it won’t work well.
  3. With the cloth, lightly clean the glass. 
  4. Once finished, wipe away the paste and clean again with a damp cloth to make sure no excess substance is left on the watch.

Deep Scratches on Stainless Steel

Despite our best efforts, as watch owners, our timepieces can get deep scratches that no amount of DIY cleaning at home can fix. If you get a deep scratch on any part of your stainless-steel watch, then it is important to take it to a professional watchmaker. They can advise on whether they can repair it, or if a replacement of materials is in order.

How Can I Avoid Getting Scratches on My Watch?

Removing scratches can be tricky, so the best way to avoid them appearing on your timepiece is to be careful and aware of what you’re doing when wearing it. Make sure that you don’t wear your timepiece during exercise, especially during a contact sport or whilst using heavy gym equipment, as this will heighten the risk of knocking it on something. Equally, make sure you remove your wristwatch if you are doing anything very physical at home, such as repairing broken furniture or moving heavy items. 

If you have more than one watch, you could alternate between wearing one or the other, deciding which one to wear based on the activities you do that day. If you have an expensive watch that is particularly important to you, it’s best to avoiding adorning this one if you plan to do something that could result in your wristwatch getting knocked.

Scratches are inevitable, and if they appear, they are likely to be small and removable. As long as you check your watch often, and try to be careful when possible, you can wear your watch without constantly having to worry about scratching it.  

September 03, 2020 by Christopher Day

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