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what's the best way to clean up a stainless watch and band.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by glock_19guy1983, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. glock_19guy1983

    glock_19guy1983

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    Ive got a luminox 3200 series that has been on my wrist every day for the last several years. I was in an accident a few months ago and the watch sat covered in blood in my pocket for a couple days while I was in the hospital. The combination of several years of grime and the new addition of blood has made the bezel nearly impossible to turn unless its wet and once it dries its back to being nearly stuck also I can see crud in the nooks and crannies of the links. What can I soak the watch in to break up the crud? Anything I shouldnt soak it in?
     
  2. .44 magnum

    .44 magnum

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    This stuff works wonders for polishing jewelry...salicylic acid. You can put your jewelry on lather up in the shower, and dry off blingin'!:cool:
     

  3. youngdocglock

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    i am slightly frightened that you use this stuff......:rofl:
     
  4. Batesmotel

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    Toothpaste and brush. Wear it in the shower and go at it. That is how I clean my Rolex.
     
  5. Scott3670

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    This. And FWIW I have a Kobold Arctic Diver that I never take off.
     
  6. GlocknSpiehl

    GlocknSpiehl NRA Life Member Silver Member

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    I've had a lot of success with a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol.
     
  7. TnGlocker12

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    Take it to a store that sells top end watches. They have a thing that steams clean the watches. I took my Tag Heuer to have the battery changed and he asked if I wanted it cleaned also. I said I guess so. That's when he said they steamed them. The total charge for a battery and cleaning was less than $10.
     
  8. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Quick question: (hahahaha) Any stains from the blood? It's usually the type of thing to truly stain.
     
  9. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Ditto. My GMT-IIc is scratched/dented/pitted to hell and back, so I only use this method now when I can smell it. :embarassed:
     
  10. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    HMPH. My last Tag battery change cost me $160 (IIRC) plus shipping. :steamed:
     
  11. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    Same here. I use one of those Oral B electric toothbrushes and it does a great job getting the crud out of mine.

    To the OP, if you have blood caked in it, try a brief soak in H2O2. Its great on all things blood.

    Or hit a jeweler and have them drop it in the ultrasonic.
     
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    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    I had to check my chemistry, but I was right. :supergrin:
     
  13. tarpleyg

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    I was going to suggest Barkeeper's Friend and a toothbrush. It should get most of it cleaned up.

    Greg
     
  14. kf4zra

    kf4zra I miss ya Murph

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    I use a toothbrush on the watch itself.

    I have an ultrasonic cleaner i use for the band. afraid the vibrations will ruin the delicate mechanism of the movement.
     
  15. mtpisgah

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    You have to be careful using soap to clean the watch case. The soap thins the water and will allow the water to pass by some seals. Using in the shower with water shooting out of the head will be even more likely to drive water past the seals. I would recommend a professional cleaning or doing it carefully with the toothpaste.
     
  16. glock_19guy1983

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    Surprisingly no. Its just all the grime in the cracks and crevises that bothers me.
     
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    Denture cleaner and warm water. (I think the brand name is Polydent or something close).

    Works great.
     
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    I'm sorry man. Took me a minute to figure out what you meant. Yeah, Hydrogen Peroxide.
     
  19. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    Not really. Nothing "thins water".
     
  20. mtpisgah

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    The soap breaks the surface tension on the water drops and essentially thins it. Does is actually thin it like you would paint, no. Does it thin it so it can enter through seals easier, yes.