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    Replacing crystal?

    I have a GW-300 that has scratches all over the crystal. Just wondering if there is a way to obtain a new crystal and if it is something I could replace myself. I imagine there's a good chance the whole process would cost much more than a new one is worth, but I thought I would check just to be sure. Thanks.

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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    anyone tried to remove a crystal before on a g-shock for any reason? i assume it's glued on.

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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    I'm not sure replacing the crystal would be feasible, but there is stuff you can get to polish scratches out of crystals. I've never used it myself but I've seen some good results from it.
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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    try using Brasso. I know this is a polishing agent that only works for metals but i think i works fine with crystals or plastics.
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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    Quote Originally Posted by devgru View Post
    try using Brasso. I know this is a polishing agent that only works for metals but i think i works fine with crystals or plastics.
    I've used Brasso on plastic crystals and it works quite well. I'm not sure how well it works on glass.
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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    'Polywatch' is the specialist stuff. Whether it works on a mineral crystal, I don't really know.
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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    'Polywatch' is the specialist stuff, I think.
    that works for acrylic and plastic but not mineral crystal, at least not without an insane amount of elbow grease i think.

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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    I've had a look around and it doesn't sound hopeful. The only thing I came up with that might not require the crystal to be removed is
    Use a compound called cerium oxide which is sold by automotive parts houses for the removal of scratches on windshields
    and it goes on to say that it requires
    endless hours of polishing
    The 'good results' I've seen must have been some kind of plastic.
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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    Quote Originally Posted by smittythepig View Post
    that works for acrylic and plastic but not mineral crystal, at least not without an insane amount of elbow grease i think.
    i had a very light scratch on my citizen mineral crystal and with poliwatch and the special substance you said i have a good results on my crystal.....
    the scratches came off...
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    Re: Replacing crystal?

    Yeah, like Devgru said, try polishing the Glass with Brasso, it works well with Sapphire. Used some on my Omega. looks like new new.
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