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    Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    My Mudmaster is over a year old. I feel compelled to remove the bezel and do a thorough cleaning underneath, but I'm a bit chickened out getting the bezel over the buttons for fear of cracking it or deforming it. Yes, I have spare bezels, but still.

    Anyone regularly remove the bezel on the Mudmaster for cleaning?

    There was one guy who once had a thread about how he removed the bezel for camo painting. He stated it was easy, buy I guess I need more encouragement.

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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    I have removed it plenty of times.its safe but its hard to do.i felt pain in my fingernails for like 2 days after
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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    Keep in mind, any dirt that might have gotten under there is not hurting anything. If it ain't broke....

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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    A word of experienced advice.

    If the bezel is stiff, let the watch sit in the sun for a good long while to warm up the resin. It will make the bezel a bit more pliable and easier to move over the buttons. I do this with all the G's that have complex shapes and angles, button shrouds, or others that are small and compact such as the GW2310 series.

    Granted, some bezels will pop right off with no issues such as the 5600 series of watches.
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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    agreed, first time i tried i was too impatient and my nails paid the cost. def. heat it up first, by sunlight, hairdryer, hot water (just dont go stupid with it), it doesnt take much to soften it up but the gwg bezel is a pain to get on and off regardless.

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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    Here a video tutorial:



    It is in Italian but you do not need to understand just watch the steps to get the idea how to do it. Interesting to see how he uses a piece of packing foam to reduce marks on the screw head from the screw driver. Never seen that before... Also no need to remove the fake rivets if you do not intend to change the bezel to another one. The Mudmaster bezel is more rigid and less rubber like then most other G-Shocks so can be difficult to remove but you typically start on the sensor side on one of the corners and gradually work your way trough around the bezel and gradually it will pop off as you can see in the video. No need to bust a nail!



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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Joakim Agren View Post
    WES51 do not forget to post a picture to show us how dirty it was under there
    Huh, that means I can't let this quietly go, now I really need to bust my nail.

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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by WES51 View Post
    Huh, that means I can't let this quietly go, now I really need to bust my nail.
    LOL. If/when you do, can you take a pic of how much dirt has gotten up in there? I'm genuinely curious about it.
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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    Well, after all, I now gave it a try. I removed the bands, which was very easy. But then the watch seemed to be very clean under the wings and band as well.

    Then I tried to pry the bezel away from the watch, but decided to quit the project. It seems like the bezel needs to be persuaded way too much in order to clear the buttons. I felt the chances for it to brake or not going back it's original shape afterwards was not worth the risk.

    So I decided to keep this bezel on until it's first scratch. I can always take it off then and replace it at that time.

    When that happens I make sure to take lots of pictures for proof.

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    Re: Mudmaster Bezel Removal for Cleaning

    I've never tried to remove a Mudmaster bezel, but I've seen some folks suggesting heating the bezel with a hairdryer to soften it a bit before trying to remove it.
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