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    Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    I bought a Seiko Turtle (SRP775) last week from a jewelry store. I noticed the next day that there is a scratch on one of the lugs.

    I didn't notice it when I bought the watch but I also don't recall hitting it on anything. Maybe it happened when the jewelers in-house watch guy took out some links for the bracelet?

    I took it back to the store a week later (mainly because it is running 38 sec p/day slow, so it needs to go back to Seiko under warranty to be regulated). While I was there I asked about the scratch. Since I had worn the watch (there were a couple of tiny scuff marks I put on the clasp of the bracelet) I can't prove it was bought that way so swapping out the watch was off the cards.

    The in-house watch guy said he could use some sandpaper to remove the scratch on the lug. My first instinct is that he is likely to make it worse than it is and he will never be able to replicate the brushed finish on the other lugs. He said he could do it on the clasp first so I could see what it looked like.

    I know the watch will pick up scratches along the way. It's all part of the character and story of the watch. I'm just a bit bothered that I bought the watch new and Im pretty certain I didn't put that scratch there.

    That said, I did get the watch on sale at 50% off retail so I'm not all that bummed. (they have other SRP775s at the same price so it wasn't discounted because of the scratch).

    What are people's thoughts? Has anyone ever had a watch repairer try to sand out a scratch on a brushed finish? Should I see what it looks like on the clasp first (which will no doubt get scratched up anyway)? Or should I just get over it?

    At the moment I'm inclined to just live with it because I don't really trust the jewelers in house watch guy (who may have put the scratch there in the first place!)

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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    I'd just leave it alone. As you said you're just going to add more to it over time.

    Just tell people it happened rock climbing, gator wrestling or some other heroic and manly sounding endeavour.

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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    Get one of those stainless steel touch up pens from EBay ... please don't use sandpaper :( .

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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    You have some Polish Soft Paper out there !
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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    Doesn't seem like a great idea...
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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    For brushed finishes I use either a Bergeon fiberglass scratch pen or a green Scotch-Brite pad.

    Bob

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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    Unless you have lots of confidence in the guy doing the work, I would run from anyone holding sandpaper...
    Well, I was standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ and Clara Oswald slowed down to take a look at me and my GS Tiffany SnowflakeTM...

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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigSeikoFan View Post
    Unless you have lots of confidence in the guy doing the work, I would run from anyone holding sandpaper...
    This made me laugh - and pretty much summed up my gut reaction.

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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robmks View Post
    For brushed finishes I use either a Bergeon fiberglass scratch pen or a green Scotch-Brite pad.

    Bob
    Green Scotch Brite pad is an interesting idea. Readily available and sound less drastic than sandpaper.

    Do use it dry or wet (with water or something else)?

    I might be willing to give that a shot myself on my similarly finished snzh53 which is becoming a bit of a beater and has some similar marks on the lugs.

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    Re: Sandpaper to fix scratched case with brushed finish?

    I used green scotch brite pad on my Sub bracelet, and on RHD clasp on another watch.
    Very good result, i would say 90% similar to the original brushed finish.

    Just align the grains the best you can.
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