Just gently wipe the polished and shining areas of your Rolex watch with the Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloth, and you’ll soon discover that they look brighter than ever, almost as if you had it professionally polished. Simply apply a little extra gentle pressure to scratched areas and you’ll either see the scratches completely disappear or, in the case of deeper scratches, become less noticeable.
All fine metals, including gold (pink, white, and yellow), silver, bronze, copper, nickel, aluminum, chrome, and stainless steel, can be polished using the Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloth. Even better, it can be used again and again! When not in use, simply place it in the ziploc bag.
How to Remove Scratches
Scratches on a used Rolex bracelet are usually a nightmare, whether you are a Rolex owner or a potential buyer. However, they are quick and simple to correct, so any regular user may do it themselves when necessary. Rolex wristbands frequently have scratches on the polished center links of Oyster bracelets or on the center links of two-tone Submariner, Daytona, and Yacht-Master bracelets. Your worn Rolex bracelet can seem brand new by cleaning the scratched links.
There aren’t many methods that can successfully remove scratches from your pre-owned Rolex watch.
Using a polishing cloth is one method of erasing scratches. It is simple to use and works on both stainless steel and gold surfaces. The Cape Cod metal polishing cloths, which come in a tin of 10, are one of the most suggested cloths. The fabrics have a rough texture and are covered in polish. They work just as well with stainless steel, gold, platinum, silver, and other metals used in Rolex watches.
Use the polishing cloths just on the polished portions of the bracelet, so take care (center-links). The polish will change and harm the finish if it is used on the brushed finish (outside links). Wrapping the cloth around a Q-tip is one method of protecting the bracelet’s unpolished components. The polishing surface can be reduced to make it simpler to handle and polish only the center-links of the bracelet, preventing inadvertent damage to other surfaces (outer-links). The brush strokes used for polishing should be exact and parallel to the metal’s grain. When polishing your worn Rolex bracelet, apply gentle pressure. Most hairline scratches ought to vanish within a few minutes, and there ought to be a perceptible improvement. The surface of the bracelet is balanced after each polishing, erasing any scratches. Please be aware that polishing unscratched regions excessively will remove a thin layer of metal from the surface each time.
Can You Clean Your Rolex of Scratches? Must You?
Yes, Rolex automatically polishes watches that are brought in for service unless the owner specifically requests that they not do so.
Whether you should polish or not polish your Rolex is a matter of debate. Some Rolex owners choose to leave the wear-and-tear natural blemishes on their watches, while others prefer to polish their watches every few years to keep them looking brand new.
While older clocks in their original condition are more valuable. The authentic, naturally-aged patina is quite popular with collectors. It makes logical to periodically polish a more current mile, especially if it is not a limited edition. A minor polish is perfectly OK, however many people choose to leave their Rolex scratches or scars alone because they add character. However, only the model’s owner would value the scratches. It would be wise to look for a professional Rolex watch if you plan to sell your timepiece.
Understand that a thin layer of metal is removed when you polish your Rolex watch. Whatever your opinion on polishing, your Rolex watch won’t lose value as long as no sizable metal is taken out. More on Rolex and value is discussed here.
Your Rolex watch will get scratched from use and use. You may take precautions to prevent scratching, though. For instance, you can store your Rolex at night in its box or on a soft towel. Here, Everest offers two different kinds of cleaning clothes. In order to maintain the condition of your Rolex bracelet, you can also get an Everest band here.
preparing a machine
Skilled polishers always perform visual inspections of the parts while performing automated surface preparation on the freshly machined case and bracelet components. Additionally, the robot arms in the booths’ computer-controlled movements replicate the original human handling of manual polishing. A row of bracelet links is automatically selected from a rack and moved against a polishing wheel in a sequence of precise locations for up to seven minutes in order to remove ridges, scratches, and pitting from the unfinished, machined metal. In order to create a somewhat matte surface that is ready for finishing, a few hundredths of a millimeter of the metal’s surface is removed. The pre-polishing of hard steel components is done automatically for an additional two minutes, saving time and effort over tedious manual labor.
To lessen the heat generated by friction, which has the potential to change precious metals in particular, cutting oil is typically utilized during these preliminary machine operations. The coarse abrasive wheels and emery belts are constructed of ceramic, corundum, silicon carbide, diamond, and occasionally ruby.
How to Clean Your Rolex Bracelet of Scratches
Even though Rolex watches are outstanding in their resistance to dulling and scratches, they occasionally show slight scratches on the band. However, you shouldn’t assume that these scratches can’t be rectified. Remember that only the central links of the Oyster Bracelet, or any links with a polished surface, should be polished within the bracelet. For instance, polishing such external links can tarnish the burnished surface.
A delicate touch is essential while polishing your Rolex, which you should do at least once or twice a month. Utilizing a pre-treated cloth made for stainless steel is the simplest option. These towels have the required cleansers integrated into them, so you won’t have to worry about using too much polishing medium and leaving behind residue that will make your bracelet look unclean, harm the finish, and affect the flexibility of the links.
Make sure your polishing cloth only touches the polished area first. You can accomplish this by encircling a cotton swab with the cloth. It’s critical to keep in mind that the polishing medium is a mildly corrosive chemical intended to chip away at flaws by removing very thin layers of metal. Other than the places where the metal is intended for that kind of treatment, you don’t want that to happen.
You should be able to see tiny dings in the metal. Apply moderate to low pressure while being mindful. Instead than buffing in circles, follow the metal’s natural grain. Usually, a quick polishing session will be enough to remove the scratches. It could take a little longer to remove certain difficult scratches, but avoid going overboard with the polishing. Additionally, treat regions without scratches with extreme gentleness. There is only a very slight polish required.
Your Rolex bracelet will maintain its beauty for years to come with routine maintenance and a gentle touch.
making the bracelet shine
Use a Scotch Brite green pad to polish the bracelet (really, you brush it since it has a brushed finish). When applied, the Scotch Brite pad will give your bracelet a brushed shine, but it will do it extremely softly because it is much less coarse and harsh than, example, sandpaper.
To begin polishing your bracelet, moisten the pad. Now, drag along the bracelet gently and smoothly, preferably in a single direction. Start with the clasp because it makes sense that over time, scratches will appear most frequently here. Depending on how worn your bracelet is, polishing the clasp can be sufficient to restore it to its previously flaw-free condition.
Make sure to pull the Scotch Brite pad against the bracelet straight when using it. Since the pad does give it a brushed look, if you don’t do it precisely, it may leave uneven lines.
Depending on how severely it is scratched, you should apply varying amounts of pressure. Be aware that the finish will have a harsher graining as you exert more pressure. As a result, you can use less pressure right before finishing and inspect the finishing to make sure it is neither too light nor too harsh. Of course, the objective is to restore the finish to its original splendor.
Be aware that you shouldn’t rub the polished center of a two-tone (gold and steel) Rolex Submariner. The best way to stop this is to tape over this area.
How frequently should my Rolex be polished?
The best course of action is polishing if you’re not too concerned with the long-term value and collectability of your Rolex and would rather have a nearly-new looking watch to wear right away. However, it is essential that you only entrust a professional to complete the task. Correct polishing demands a high level of expertise, experience, and specific tools.
Rolex claims that in-house polishers need a three-year apprenticeship and five years of on-the-job experience to become proficient in polishing methods. A few extra seconds against a polishing wheel can go too far and ruin the contour of the case or bracelet; on the other hand, not enough time or pressure will just cause more scratches.
However, some owners of Rolex watches choose to use independent shops that focus on historic timepieces rather than having their watches serviced by approved Rolex repair centers. Keep in mind that Rolex does not offer historical timepieces; therefore, the company is not concerned with the value of an earlier model. As a result, Rolex will service a watch to restore its appearance and functionality, which involves polishing and repainting its parts.
No matter if you choose to have your Rolex watches repaired by an authorized service center or an independent outlet, be sure to express your preferences for polishing in detail, stating which components you want polished and which sections to leave in their unrestored condition.
It’s crucial to remember that minor blemishes don’t require a complete polishing procedure. While many owners are content to let minor wear-and-tear blemishes collect on their timepieces, others like to polish them themselves at home with specialist cloth, papers, pastes, or sticks. Rolex advises servicing its watches every five to ten years, and unless you specifically request differently, the service includes polishing the watch.