How to remove scratches from a watch face

Written by chad buleen
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It can be disappointing to get scratches on a watch. This is particularly true if the watch you own is expensive. If the watch is expensive, chances are that it will be expensive for a person to replace the glass on the watch as well. However, a lot of the costs associated with repairing a watch can be avoided by removing the scratches from a watch face yourself. This process is not as difficult as some might think, as long as they have the right equipment.

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    Pour just a little bit of the Jeweler's Rouge powder into a small bowl. Because most scratches on watches are fairly small, there is not a need for a lot of the solution to fix the scratches on a watch face.

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    Put some lukewarm water in a cup and slowly pour just a tiny bit of water into the bowl on top of the Jeweler's Rouge.

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    Use a plastic spoon to mix the water and the Jeweler's Rouge. Mix slowly until the two elements combine to create a thin paste. Continue to mix until the paste is not runny. Do not mix so long that the paste becomes thick and inflexible.

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    Use a Popsicle stick to get a little bit of the mixture on the end of the stick. Remove the excess mixture before beginning to rub this mixture on the watch.

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    Rub the watch with the mixture in a circular motion. Rub over the scratch, but also rub over other areas of the watch face. The idea is to evenly apply the mixture over the whole watch face. Use a fair amount of pressure as you apply the mixture.

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    Continue to rub until the scratch on the watch face disappears. Let the watch set for a while and then lightly rub off any excess mixture with a light rag or paper towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Be patient. If it appears at first as if the scratches are gone, but they seem to re-appear after the mixture is wiped away, know that this is normal. It sometimes takes more than one try. Do the process again and you may have better results.
  • Do not rub too much of the solution on the watch. Doing so may cause the mixture to cake up on the watch face.

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