Polished Stainless Steel 1.
For minor scratches, in our experience, nothing is better than a jewelry cloth such as the Pioneer or Shino polishing cloth available from most watch suppliers.
It's a double cross.
The inner fabric is impregnated with red polishing powder (iron oxide or rouge).
The outer cloth protects your hands from nasty red stains and also serves as a final polish.
This jewelry polishing cloth is also perfect for gold.
You can also use a washable sylvette or double-sided jeweler's cloth, usually available at drug stores.
The only other tools you need are elbow strain and common sense.
For deep scratches, use Neverdal, usually available at drug stores and hardware stores.
Neverdal is cotton-soaked with a powerful cleaner or polisher.
It has an unpleasant odor (like car polish), but it works quickly and leaves only minor scratches that can be removed with a jewelry cloth.
And it has a high-gloss finish!
Caution: Highly polished stainless steel surfaces (or gold surfaces) will always leave microscopic scratches.
These ultra-fine scratches are only visible under bright light and from certain angles.
The only perfect finish is the factory finish.
Even with work done by a jeweler, it is still inferior to the factory's high-gloss finish.
Brushed Stainless Steel 1.
Use a jewelry cloth to remove minor scratches.
If you're not careful, you'll end up with a shine that doesn't match the matte appearance of the surface.
In this case, you can reapply the brushed finish by following step 3 below.
Use a fiberglass brush for small scratches.
It looks like a mechanical pencil with a removable tip and a bundle of optical fibers instead of a core.
Use this fiberglass tip to brush SS surfaces to remove scratches and create a new brushed finish.
We do not recommend using this tool on large areas.
Brush strokes tend to be uneven, especially on curves, but you can get better with practice.
Warning: Broken glass fibers on the skin can cause unpleasant itching.
Wear thin latex gloves and use a brush to remove any fiberglass residue from your watch after repair.
For large scratches, use a Styrofoam nail polishing block (available at cosmetic stores).
Each block is approximately 1 inch thick and 3 inches long.
Its surface is impregnated with a very fine abrasive.
Gently brush along the grain of the wood to remove the scratches, and blend the new brush strokes with the original strokes.
I prefer this Styrofoam block to sandpaper or steel wool.
This is because it is easy to hold and operate.
Soft Styrofoam conforms to curved surfaces and has excellent flexibility.
This polystyrene polisher allows you to remove even deep dents and safely reshape small parts with patience.
A final note on steel The tips above are for repairing minor scratches that bother you, but they are not worth a trip to your local watch or jewelry store or shipping your watch.
If you are careful and patient, the results will be very satisfying.
However, we have found that for the full watch restoration that is often required when working with vintage watches, it is best to send the watch to a professional who has the right tools and skills for the job.
Gold or Platinum For gold-filled or gold-plated products, we recommend leaving them alone.
You may not want to removemore from the surface than is already present.