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    painting case back and screws black - any suggestions?

    I have a GDF-100BB that I have replaced the resin strap with strap adaptors and a black NATO with PVD buckle/keepers. Everything on the watch is black except for the screws (case and case back) and the case back itself. Any suggestions on what would be the best method to paint these items black? I'm concerned the paint durability may not last if I just simply spray paint them. Thanks for any and all insight, Brad

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    Re: painting case back and screws black - any suggestions?

    Hmm, if it were me I would scuff up the case-back first with sandpaper, then use Hammerite spray, which in my experience provides a very tough finish (I once used it on a metal skateboard and found that it stayed looking great for years).


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    The screw-heads can be scuffed by dragging them over fine emery paper once or twice and then be painted, although you will have to touch teh paint up after every removal, i guess.

    the backplate is hard to paint durable, as ss needs a good prepwork and primer to let paint adhere to it. And even then, chances are high taht the paint won´t last as it will eventually wear away at the edges, allowing moist to creep under and lift teh paint in the end, especially as it is salty sweat and it´s a warm environment.

    Maybe powdercoating will adhere better, but i do not know if teh piezo speaker will survive the process.
    Then there are people ion plating /PVD plating watch parts, i guess a look in the more expensive corners of this board might lead to some links, but i think this is a bit expensive from what i´ve heard.
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    Re: painting case back and screws black - any suggestions?

    I once saw a Riseman for sale on eBay having a back plate treated with a matte finish enamel paint. It looked sloppy, because the paint started to flake off. So I think lowtech is right, that to do it right it needs to be PVD/ion plated. And that's not cheap to do... but if you're really hankering to have it done and it'll make you very happy in the end, it could be worth it.

    Note that another alternative on the screws is to lightly buff to get a matte hazy finish, then use a Sharpie. Since the screws are inset, they could probably last a year before needing another application. But it's so easy to do, I don't think it would be a bother.
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    Re: painting case back and screws black - any suggestions?

    Ceracote*, i know motor city watch works does it for seiko's which are ss. maybe send it there if you want it to last

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    Re: painting case back and screws black - any suggestions?

    for the screws, I used permanent black marker

    as for the cheapest way to blacken the back plate, i would use gun powder burning over it a few times
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    Re: painting case back and screws black - any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by BradinFLA View Post
    I have a GDF-100BB that I have replaced the resin strap with strap adaptors and a black NATO with PVD buckle/keepers. Everything on the watch is black except for the screws (case and case back) and the case back itself. Any suggestions on what would be the best method to paint these items black? I'm concerned the paint durability may not last if I just simply spray paint them. Thanks for any and all insight, Brad
    I tried the very same thing, you can see the thread here...

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/pai...ow-573127.html

    It was OK, but now has a few minor scratches on it which has meant it's now on my 'to do' list for a respray!
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    Re: painting case back and screws black - any suggestions?

    Cerakote is a very durable finish, yet i am unsure about the effects the heat has on the piezo, same as with powdercoating. If the speaker survives, it will be even more durable than powder coating.
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