Recommended Posts

I'm repairing/replacing a watch band for a family friend. I want to use the original hardware, but it's not in great shape. It's cheap brass-plated and it has some kind of ... gunk? ... on it from the old strap. I've tried a few home remedies for cleaning brass with only limited success. Should I try taking a wire brush to it? I don't want to wreck it, otherwise I'll have to buy a new buckle set, which means extra cost for the customer (and me). 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If it’s brass plated I wouldn’t do it.  The gunk may be actually below the plating and abrasives may exacerbate an existing crack.  If it won’t come off with a toothbrush, soap and hot water then let it go. 

TheBuckleGuy.com has quite a selection of watch buckles for a few bucks.  If you’re going through the trouble of making a new strap then definitely worth the investment. 

If nothing else, warn the customer of what might happen in writing. 

Edited by Webicons

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is what ultrasonic cleaners are for. Degreaser or mineral spirits should help a lot.

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