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    Removing DLC

    Hi guys, First of all, is it possible to remove the DLC coat of a case? If it is, is it a difficult process? Are the results any good? Has anyone had that experience or has seen a watch with the DLC coat removed? Thanks,

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    DLC stands for Diamond Like Carbon.
    It is very, very hard. I imagine that to remove it, you need to grind it off with an instrument with a very hard edge, like carborundum or Diamond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    DLC stands for Diamond Like Carbon.
    It is very, very hard. I imagine that to remove it, you need to grind it off with an instrument with a very hard edge, like carborundum or Diamond.
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    I should imagine it'd be a hard, time consuming, and expensive project.

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    Re: Removing DLC

    You need a blow torch and liquid oxygen. Good luck

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    I have to ask why you would want to do that. The underlying metal would not
    be finished and would likely be pitted from the removal process. It is worth noting that those finishes are all but impossible to repair.

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    Re: Removing DLC

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    I have to ask why you would want to do that. The underlying metal would not
    be finished and would likely be pitted from the removal process. It is worth noting that those finishes are all but impossible to repair.
    I'm also scratching my head on this one. Why on Earth would anyone want to remove DLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biased&Critical View Post
    I'm also scratching my head on this one. Why on Earth would anyone want to remove DLC.
    Not sure..
    Why not just by an SS watch in the first place..?

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    Why the he...do you want to remove the coating ?
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    Re: Removing DLC

    I am sure you all have seen watches being DLC`ed that originally were not, right? Just plain SS.
    What if you changed your mind and wanted it back as it was?? Or if you really wanted an SS version but all you could find was a pretty good deal on a DLC one??
    I think its a valid question, i have seen stranger things in watches...
    Reasons there could be many i think, i just wanted to know if anyone has had such experience or know of someone that has done it.

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    Re: Removing DLC

    Quote Originally Posted by Sampaio View Post
    I am sure you all have seen watches being DLC`ed that originally were not, right? Just plain SS.What if you changed your mind and wanted it back as it was?? Or if you really wanted an SS version but all you could find was a pretty good deal on a DLC one??I think its a valid question, i have seen stranger things in watches...Reasons there could be many i think, i just wanted to know if anyone has had such experience or know of someone that has done it.
    OK, fair question. I'm not aware of a watch owner who has done it and I can't find articles describing it. Given that those finishes are so hard and they are designed to adhere strongly to the metal case I think removal could be relatively costly. And you may be faced with case restoration. You may want to contact one of the companies that do PVD application of materials like DLC and ask if the material can be removed and and what removal will do to the finish of the underlying metal. I may be wrong, but my first impression is that you would incur less total cost if you just buy the case you want to begin with.

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