Brushing polished center links

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    Brushing polished center links

    Is there an ultimate guide to brushing polished links? It's for a bracelet that has the center links polished while the side ones are brushed.

    I'm looking for:

    1) What works best

    2) How to do it

    3) How to get in between the links so that polished metal doesn't show when the bracelet bends

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    Re: Brushing polished center links

    Not to be a pessimist, but you may be chasing more of a problem than a solution. #1 and 2 are easy enough, but to properly do #3, you're talking about breaking down a bracelt to it's bare parts, which is not feasible. The links without a visible hole for split pins or screws are made with a blind hole that does not go to the outside of the link. The pin is a a tiny bit larger than the hole and when forced into it, a friction weld occurs. You would destroy the bracelet trying to take these links apart.

    You can add a very nice brushed effect with green scotch brite, as long as you move in the same direction to give it a uniform look. Best option is a dremel drum wheel, the rubber ones that are meant for the sanding drums. Cement an even layer of scotch brite to it, and then using light pressure, and the lowest RPM setting on the dremel, slowly work the wheel in a straight line over the area in question, and a polished zone becomes a brushed effect.

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    Re: Brushing polished center links

    Thanks. I was not thinking of removing the links, maybe not even the ones that could be removed. I was wondering if anyone has any tricks and tips for getting in between the links. I guess it depends on the bracelet at the end of the day, how flexible it is and how much of the "in between links" it exposes when flexed.

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    Re: Brushing polished center links

    I taped off the already brushed section and used some 600 grit sandpaper. I could not get 100% between the links, but did a reasonable job that looks good unless you bend the links and look close. Looks just like the original finish IMO. I wouldn't try this on an expensive watch though.

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    Re: Brushing polished center links

    Quote Originally Posted by NoleenELT View Post
    I taped off the already brushed section and used some 600 grit sandpaper. I could not get 100% between the links, but did a reasonable job that looks good unless you bend the links and look close. Looks just like the original finish IMO. I wouldn't try this on an expensive watch though.
    Do you have a photo please?

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    Re: Brushing polished center links

    Try a Cape Cod cloth first. You might have to do it several times to get the desired results. I'd stay away from brushing the entire bracelet with Scotchbrite, unless you don't mind some inconsistencies to the naked eye. Maybe brush the clasp, that's about it. Good luck!

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    Re: Brushing polished center links

    Quote Originally Posted by Beau8 View Post
    Try a Cape Cod cloth first.
    Is is abrasive enough? I thought it was meant to remove fine scratches but still leave a polished finish.

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