How to remove scratches on the crystal?

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    Question How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    Hi,

    I got a TAG Heuer that has 2 scratches on the crystal. There not deep scratches and they are pretty obvious when you look closely. Any recommendations on how to remove it?
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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    If it's saphire, you change it. Plastic, it can be polished out.

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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    Hi,

    It should be sapphire. Thanks!
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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    It is very difficult to scratch a sapphire crystal, how do you do it? I have never manage to scratch one before. You must have done it with a diamond or granite chip?

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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    Quote Originally Posted by siyexcalibur View Post
    It is very difficult to scratch a sapphire crystal, how do you do it? I have never manage to scratch one before. You must have done it with a diamond or granite chip?
    I think there's only 3 things you can normally encounter that can scratch a sapphire crystal:
    >another sapphire that is slightly harder
    >a diamond
    >silicon carbide, which is used to make such things as faux stone wall paneling and stone garden furniture for public spaces.

    I know of no way to fix a sapphire crystal, but I read that a couple of people over on TZ were able to get scratches out of mineral crystals with some furious use of Cap Cod Cloths!
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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    I think I must have scratched it when I was using optical grade polishing cloth ... probably a 9 or 15 micron. Really careless with this one
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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    several month ago I saw the instruction with pics how to remove scratches on the crystal. I remember he used some 'diamond dust' or powder. I am not sure if it is just a product name or general term. but I remember he fixed light scratch using that stuff. and I am not 100% sure if it applied to sapphire crystal or mineral one.

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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    I believe that under 'classic posts' on TZ there's a thread on scratched crystals. Diamond paste is used and they can be had on auction. I haven't tried them yet, but there's a Hong Kong dealer that sells a variety of grits in one package.

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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    Its an exacting business using diamond paste. You only have one shot at getting it right. There is also a fair chance of contaminating moving parts of the case with it and causing unseen damage if its not completely excluded during the polishing process. I think watchbreath was spot on. Less stress for a predictable result.
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    Re: How to remove scratches on the crystal?

    Thanks for all the replies. I think I will just get it replaced at TAG Heuer.
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