How to Fix the Scratched Face of a Watch

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How to Fix the Scratched Face of a Watch
Minor scratches on a watch face can be buffed out with toothpaste. (Watch image by Aqeel Ahmed from

Watches take a lot of abuse, especially if worn daily. Most watch faces are made of plastic and can scratch easily. Deep scratches should be buffed out by a jeweller, but minor scratches can be removed at home with a little effort and items you may already have in the house.

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Things you need

  • Plain white toothpaste
  • Two Jeweller's cloths

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    Toothpaste as Abrasive

  1. 1

    Squeeze a dab of plain white toothpaste on a clean, dry jeweller's cloth.

  2. 2

    Rub cloth, toothpaste side down, over the scratched surface in small circular patterns for about five minutes. Be sure to cover all scratched surfaces. The toothpaste acts as a mild abrasive, buffing the surface of the watch face.

  3. 3

    Dampen a second jeweller's cloth with water and use it to clean the surface of the watch.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps one to three until the scratch is gone. It may take several attempts to buff the surface enough to remove the scratches.

    Other Methods

  1. 1

    Wet a cotton swab with nail polish remover. Nail polish remover may be effective for removing minor scratches from plastic watch faces.

  2. 2

    Rub nail polish on swab into the scratch in small circular motions.

  3. 3

    Professional products such as Jeweller's Rouge and liquid brass polishes like Simichrome also have been used to remove scratches from a watch face.

Tips and warnings

  • Some jewellers will buff out scratches on a watch surface for free.

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