Removing Scratches From Steel Watch Band

Steel watch bands are common among many brands of wrist watches. Just like a gold or titanium watch band, steel bands can become worn or scratched through every day use. Although deep scratches require a professional jeweler for repair, the every day bumps and scrapes can be easily removed at home with a good metal polish and a clean cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal polish
  • Clean cloth


    • 1

      Find a good metal polish that is designed for use on stainless steel. There are many different brands on the market that will suffice.

    • 2

      Apply a small amount of the metal polish to a clean cloth.

    • 3

      Hold the watch firmly in one hand. Work from a well lit area, on a flat surface such as a workbench or table.

    • 4

      Apply the polish to the steel watch band using small, circular motions. Concentrate on one area at a time, working until the scratch is removed. Rub the cloth in a circular motion until the scratch is no longer visible.

    • 5

      Apply more polish as needed, for more stubborn scratches. Continue the circular motion application until all scratches are no longer visible.

    • 6

      Perform a final buffing of the steel watch band. Once all scratches are removed, use a clean cloth to give it a final shine. No polish is needed in this part of the process. Use the same small, circular motions on the surface of the steel.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the crystal face of your watch is scratched, find a suitable polish made to remove scratches from it. Use the same process above to repair the crystal.
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