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Help -- I Polyurethaned My Watch

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by USMCsilver, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    I was installing a HDTV antenna out in my barn the other day, and when I was spraying polyurethane on a 2x4, I ended up with a bunch of overspray on my GMT-IIc. I noticed about 3 minutes afterwards.

    The crystal came clear with some rubbing on my khaki shorts, but there's still residual spray all over the bracelet.

    Mineral oil and a toothbrush?

    My buddy's wife was there, and was like, "Why don't you take that watch off when you do **** like this?"

    The response: "Honey, I live in this watch. Life doesn't slow down for me, so I'm sure as hell not gonna slow down for it!"

    She then toasted me and we both grinned as we drank. :embarassed:
     
  2. Air Man

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    Maybe WD-40.
     

  3. USMCgs3

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    You think brake parts cleaner from the auto parts would hurt your watch?? idk I use it to clean everything at work.


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  4. USMCsilver

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    There's an o-ring under the crown. I don't think I want anything that harmful to seep in there.
     
  5. USMCgs3

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    Yes I agree, o-ring+brake cleaner is a no-no. Oh well I tried.


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  6. USMCsilver

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    Here's a terribly crappy picture of my success at the end of the day (before I straightened it up a bit):

    [​IMG]

    Kinda nice to have the TV out there. The stereo w/ MP3 player attached was getting somewhat old. I am going to hook up a secondary Sirius "car kit" so that I can pop my radio out of my car and into the building. But that project is for another day.
     
  7. USMCgs3

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    That's a nice set up, I'm looking to build a 40x60 barn here in a few months, thinking of making half a house and half a shop.

    Hey So was your Buddy there while you were toasting away with his old lady??? Hmmm, i won't tell.


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  8. USMCsilver

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    Thanks! :)

    That would be an AWESOME size. Mine's only 24x30. I could use some extra room, but oh well. I'm stuck w/ what I have, and it sure as hell beats my old 8x12 I had at my old house! If I had what you're after, I think my wife would divorce me.

    And, yeah...her husband was present. He was my antenna mounting monkey!
     
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  9. USMCgs3

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    Haha just teasing, yes sir I've pretty much decided on the 40x60 size, still not sure about layout. But I was looking to build a shop, and also a house I can do my self, my way. Thinking this would be easier/cheaper... Although it's getting up around 50-60k for just the basic slab and building, not including finishing out the house side. So it's gonna be a journey over the next year or so. All I have now is a 15x8 and it's way small, no place to tinker and get out of the house... Haha


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  10. devildog2067

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    Pop the bracelet off and the use brake cleaner on it. (Do not get brake cleaner anywhere near the watch head, it'll eat the seals.) Or you could do acetone and a toothbrush, that would probably work, same caution as above.

    If you can't get it cleaned up, send it to me and I'll do it for you for free.
     
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    If it's close to needing a factory overhaul, I'd just let Rolex deal with it.
     
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    ScarFace88 I swear I had something for this...

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    At least you didn't get any on your hootus...
     
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    You are an idiot! In a good way!
     
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    Did you then hear the shbankawaawa song and start to make out with her?

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    MEH ,just throw it away and get another one .
     
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    Maybe nail polish remover?
     
  17. goldenlight

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    Brake cleaner is a fairly aggressive petroleum solvent.

    I think removing the bracelet from the watch would be the first step, since you said the watch itself is OK.

    Then, I think you could use pretty much anything on the band.

    Soaking in acetone may remove the polyurethane. Wear some latex gloves: acetone is very toxic stuff, and goes right through your skin. Use outdoors!

    Good luck.
     
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    Just let it wear off
     
  19. Just1More

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    Put it in the oven at 350 for ten minutes. It'll burn right off.
     
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    I think I'd remove the bracelet, soften the polyurethance with WD-40 and then run it through a couple of cycles in an ultrasonic cleaner. Take it to a jeweler and ask them to run it through theirs if you don't have one of your own.