Jump to content
  • Sign Up to reply and join the friendliest Watch Forum on the web. Stick around, get to 50 posts and gain access to your full profile and additional features such as a personal messaging system, chat room and the sales forum PLUS the chance to enter our regular giveaways.
gimli

Polywatch alternatives ?

Recommended Posts

gimli    1,466

What alternatives are there to polywatch ? I'm mainly interested in something that you can get from a DIY/home improvement/constructions store... If it's not too pricey, even better.

I'm "repairing" a watch crystal and I think I'm halfway through my tube and I'm not sure if I want to get some more as I'm not really impressed with it (mine comes from China I think and if I'm not mistaken many are sold from there...). Not to mention the fact that I haven't used it in a month or two and at first some liquid came out of it and ruined the paste that came after that...

I remember reading about a watchmaker that used some sort of powder that wasn't any special or rare or expensive but I can't remember what it was or where do you get it and how you use it...

Edited by gimli

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Davey P    5,714

Toothpaste, Autosol metal polish, or Brasso should all work.  Or jeweller's rouge.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gimli    1,466

Just out of curiosity what are these substances described as ? Metal polishers ? (So that I know where to look for in the store)

Is sandpaper a possibility ?

Is micromesh similar to sand paper ?

Edited by gimli

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
WRENCH    8,811
On 9/7/2016 at 19:50, Davey P said:

Toothpaste, Autosol metal polish, or Brasso should all work.  Or jeweller's rouge.

Toothpaste works well, and caravan window scratch remover like this, for a about £5/ 100ml.

fw3.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gimli    1,466

Right... Keep'em coming guys... I'll have a list and when I visit a hardware store or whatever you call it I'll probably be on the lookout for all these things.

As for toothpaste, I'm guessing I have to get the kind that has small crystals that supposedly clean teeth better right ?

How about baking powder with water. Would that work ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you trying to get rid of scratches on a glass crystal, or an acrylic one? If its glass, then Polywatch won't work, as it's for acrylic crystals. Most acrylics can be sorted with metal polish or Polywatch, but glass ones,especially mineral or sapphire are almost impossible to get scratches out of..especially deep ones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gimli    1,466

Acrylic, obviously. :)

I'm not trying to get rid of any scratches at the moment but I want to know what alternatives I have (maybe more efficient ones) when my Polywatch will run out. I don't find it very good honestly...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
decraew    42
15 hours ago, gimli said:

Is micromesh similar to sand paper ?

Only in the sense that it also comes in sheets. There is some sort of cloth backing instead of paper, and they come in grits that are not available in sand paper: up to 12000 grit (2µ). It can be easily cut and goes a long way, but it's not inexpensive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Robden    3,867
14 hours ago, gimli said:

Right... Keep'em coming guys... I'll have a list and when I visit a hardware store or whatever you call it I'll probably be on the lookout for all these things.

As for toothpaste, I'm guessing I have to get the kind that has small crystals that supposedly clean teeth better right ?

How about baking powder with water. Would that work ?

Yes baking powder works quite well.

Rob....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tixntox    287

A good angle grinder worked for me! :whistle:

tissot2.jpg

....but seriously, if it's too bad, a replacement crystal can often be a quicker and more effective treatment.:yes:

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pip    1,188
Toothpaste works well, and caravan window scratch remover like this, for a about £5/ 100ml.

fw3.jpg


Oh that looks promising, I'll have to get some, and I can use it on The Beast as required too...
42c15f96e1f68240d45699173b3fb6a2.jpg


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gimli    1,466

Sometimes you just can't find an identical/similar acrylic crystal sadly. Especially when we're talking about vintage watches. Other than cousins is there any other website I should know about here in europe ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PC-Magician    2,365
On 10/09/2016 at 15:28, Always"watching" said:

Take a peek at Peek. Fantastic stuff and polishes out acrylic crystals just fine.

Not tried this but I think it is worth a look.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LongBike    73

Aloha ,   I use this for most of my Crystal polishing. I get it from a very good friend that Has a Auto and Custom Car and Bike Paint Shop. But I get it free because I do some of his ......

" Air Brushing / Pin Stripping " , along with some .... " Bike and Custom Car Work ". But it is some Fantastic stuff to work with and very good to finish things. I even use it to ...

" Buff of Cases and Bracelets " , if they are to be shined also. I use it along with .... 3 Stages of ..... " very fine Wet Sand Paper "......if needed,   and a little ...... " Dab of Water " as I use it.

Less than ..... 10 minutes work.                             ( Well three Dremels with the needed Sand Paper all on it already set to go. )

Aloha   LongBike  / Louis

Meguiar  Cut and Polish       1  Gallon   ................ $79.99      31452943555_d4e9aecba1_n.jpg

Meguiar  Cut and Polish       32 Ounce Bottle...... $39.99     31082262120_696e2c383b_n.jpg

Example of how it comes to be .... ( Pardon the Dust )

31235391645_5ab3a90cc1_c.jpg

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

From This too ... ( Below )

31034720815_c47b01d138_b.jpg

To this and a little had ... Rubbing / Wiping .... to clean the excess off. ( But remove the Bezel also and Insert. )

30731718830_f9a6df2356_b.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×