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    How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    Or maybe they did and I wasn't paying attention.

    Anyways, I recently acquired a Glycine airman on a Jubilee bracelet, and while I love the watch, the polished links in the bracelet always felt way too flashy and/or dressy for this watch. I decided to bite the bullet and polish it myself, using a very fine-grained sanding block that I had around for some reason or another. I tried it out first on an old Seiko bracelet that I had laying around and I was shocked at how fast it went, how easy it was, and how well it matched the existing grain.

    So, I dove in on the Glycine bracelet and took this pick when I was halfway done to show the before-after contrast.

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    It turned out great! I honestly can't tell the difference between the links I brushed and the ones that came that way. After I did this I got excited and brushed a bunch of other random crap (like a random metal tin I have) just for fun.

    Anyone else had any great success with home brushing jobs? Anyone brave enough to do a whole case?
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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    Funny story, thanks for sharing. I too have thought about brushing polished links, but stopped short because I'd be annoyed if I couldn't get between the links.

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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    Well done! Don't you just love the feeling of stepping out of your comfort zone so successfully...

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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    Great job! Although brush in moderation because you're essentially removing a layer of steell which will cause the shape to deform after many subsequent brushings.

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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    Nicely done. How were you able to get in between the links? My biggest concern with trying this would be getting a uniform finish.

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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    Honestly, it *isn't* that hard to get an acceptable finish.

    If you have a strap with a polished buckle that you wish weren't polished, or a NATO strap with polished keepers & buckle, those are easy things to start with. The cost of failure is pretty manageable as well... Really the worst thing you can do is not go in a straight line or use a grit of sandpaper that is radically too far off from the original.
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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    That's a nice finish right there. Nice experiment.

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    I tried brushing a watch once, and honestly it looked overdone.

    Someone on this forum mentioned you need steady hands to do the job right.

    I wouldn?t encourage a newbie to start brushing his expensive watches.

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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    While it isn’t all that hard (as you discovered) to brush it’s also possible for things to go pear shaped.

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    Re: How come no one told me it was so easy to brush metal?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2Complex View Post
    Nicely done. How were you able to get in between the links? My biggest concern with trying this would be getting a uniform finish.
    Yeah, that was my fear as well, but with this bracelet I was just able to fold the links back on themselves to expose the part that is up against the next link. It also didn't hurt that the backsides were already brushed.

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