Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?
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    Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    So I have a portable UV LIGHT wand purchased from Costco years back which I never used. Is it safe to use this on a watch or have you ever tried it? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    UV light degrades paint over time. Dependent on intensity and length of exposure, of course. I wouldn't do it.

    Also, the light only kills what it shines on so you wouldn't get in the nooks and crannies. If it is water resistant then better to soak it in a liquid made for disinfecting/sterilizing purposes.

    But unless you're exposing it to pathogens it really shouldn't need it.
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    Sorry if this is a stupid question but don't the lume fanatics use uv flashlights to get the most intensity for pictures and stuff? Maybe this is too little exposure to do any real damage, but I'm just curious.

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    Re: Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    The sun has far more UV than any light, so I think us lume heads will be ok. ;)


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    Now I'm not sure why I even asked that. BTW there are plenty of better uses for a uv light than cleaning your watch. Just be careful.. some things can't be unseen.

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    Re: Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousBob View Post
    Now I'm not sure why I even asked that. BTW there are plenty of better uses for a uv light than cleaning your watch. Just be careful.. some things can't be unseen.
    There is something to be said for blissful ignorance, especially when welding a UV light.

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    Re: Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousBob View Post
    Now I'm not sure why I even asked that. BTW there are plenty of better uses for a uv light than cleaning your watch. Just be careful.. some things can't be unseen.
    Lots of suggestion but with no definite answer. Now will this degrade the paint on the dial?

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    Re: Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducatiti View Post
    Lots of suggestion but with no definite answer. Now will this degrade the paint on the dial?
    Glass converts UV light to heat. Either way, safe to say no more than being outside exposed to the largest UV light known to man.

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    Re: Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    Unless the watch is completely covered in funk i wouldn't bother, a quick scrub with soap and water with a toothbrush brings them all up well. Most of the worst grime lurks is corners and crevices, where the light wont hit in most cases anyway.
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    Re: Anyone use UV light to sanitize watch?

    Kind-of on topic.

    One thing that puts me off buying vintage watches from certain countries is the question of whether they generally use toilet paper in that country, or just use their left hand...

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