OT: Cape Cod Polishing Cloths

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by norcaltransplant, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    I'm slowly accumulating a few scratches and swirls on S/S watch.  I was wondering if anyone has ever tried the Cape Cod polishing cloths mentioned on TZ?  

    Mr. Massena and Jon this means YOU.  I hate the forum search on TZ, and rather reserve the newbie question to SF before venturing into the big, bad, world of WIS.

    Anyways, if the CC home remedies work, it sure beats paying the local jeweler $50-100 to refinish a minimally worn bezel and bracelet every few years.  Oh yeah, I also have a $35 Fossil that I can experiment on first, if it takes a little skill.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I just found all the posts on the Panerai forum. Apparently these polishing cloths are the "golden fleece" for time junkies...
     


  2. PHV

    PHV Senior member

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    please elaborate. I'd like to maintain my SS watches...
     


  3. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    I had the day off, so I headed to Bed, Bath, & Beyond and picked up a 2-pack of the Cape Cod cloths for $6.

    First impressions:
    1) Great for stripping oxidation and grime off stainless steel. Just make sure you cover the crystal and brushed S/S with masking tape before starting on a project. I heard the C/C eat through an A/R coat like nobody's business.

    2) On my cheap Fossil, I cleaned up the dirt and took off a few superficial scratches. I think I could have really improved the surface if I kept rubbing, however, the entire process would have consumed at least 2-3 hours.

    3) I rubbed the bezel on my day-to-day watch producing a wide, superficial scratch. The C/C did a good job of cleaning up the scratch with about 1 minute of rubbing (med pressure). I can still see the mark with a loupe or under flourescent lighting if I look closely, but the difference between before and after is well worth the six bucks.

    Overall: Highly recommended product. Just make sure to wear gloves and allot a judicious amount of time if you want to clean up a bracelet and bezel.
     


  4. Super Fly

    Super Fly Well-Known Member

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    Simichrome polish is also great for polishing stainless. It will also remove scratches from acrylic crystals. Thanks for the tip on the Cape Cod cloth- I'll give it a try.
     


  5. Aaron

    Aaron Senior member

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    While it doesn't remove scratches Vim bathroom cleaner works surprisingly well.

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