Fixing whitish haze on end of sanded GW-M850 strap using slate grey Sharpie Fine Point
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    Fixing whitish haze on end of sanded GW-M850 strap using slate grey Sharpie Fine Point

    The end of the strap on my GW-M850 was very ragged. It appeared that two straps were molded together then cut apart, but not very cleanly. Using the info in some of the other threads here, I sanded down the end of the strap using 600 grit emery paper folded over a nail file to get a flat sanding surface. This did a pretty good job smoothing the strap end, but it ended up with a whitish haze when lit from the side. Polishing it with denim cloth smoothed it a little more, but did nothing to get rid of the whitish haze.

    It occurred to me that coloring the end of the strap with a permanent marker might do the trick. A Sharpie Fine Point came to mind, but the normal black color is too black, and it shows a purple cast in bright light. I ended up using a Sharpie Fine Point in slate grey, and this did the trick. The before and after photos are shown below. When viewed from normal watch-reading distance, it looks excellent.

    I thought I'd pass this along in case it's of interest to anyone else.
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    Last edited by GaryK30; February 7th, 2016 at 01:46.

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