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« Topic Start: November 05, 2009, 01:24:22 pm »

My parents recently moved so I was going through some of the stuff I left there and found a watch that I got for Christmas maybe six years ago.  I stopped wearing it when the battery died and I am going to get it replaced so I can wear it again if the situation calls for it.

The thing is that some kind of patina formed on the metal strap (not the back of the watch itself, though) probably from the pencils it was stored with.  My mother recommended to use toothpaste to get it off and that does seem to be working, but is there anything (preferably cheap) that would get the job done faster?  Before you ask, I have no clue what type of metal it is made out of, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was a cheaper material.
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« Reply #1: November 05, 2009, 01:31:25 pm »

My parents recently moved so I was going through some of the stuff I left there and found a watch that I got for Christmas maybe six years ago.  I stopped wearing it when the battery died and I am going to get it replaced so I can wear it again if the situation calls for it.

The thing is that some kind of patina formed on the metal strap (not the back of the watch itself, though) probably from the pencils it was stored with.  My mother recommended to use toothpaste to get it off and that does seem to be working, but is there anything (preferably cheap) that would get the job done faster?  Before you ask, I have no clue what type of metal it is made out of, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was a cheaper material.

Foaming bathroom cleaner.  It's not necessarily cheaper than toothpaste, but I find that it works fairly quickly for cleaning metals of questionable origin without a lot of scrubbing.
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« Reply #2: November 05, 2009, 01:32:16 pm »

Before you ask, I have no clue what type of metal it is made out of, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was a cheaper material.

That right there would keep me from recommending anything. Sad

If the toothpaste is working, I'd stay with that. There are some home recipes for silver cleaner (usually involving baking soda, salt, foil and hot water), but I'd be concerned it erode the metal plating.
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« Reply #3: November 05, 2009, 01:36:06 pm »

That right there would keep me from recommending anything. Sad

If the toothpaste is working, I'd stay with that. There are some home recipes for silver cleaner (usually involving baking soda, salt, foil and hot water), but I'd be concerned it erode the metal plating.

I looked at the back of the watch (which is stainless steel which probably explains why it's still shiny) and it says the case is made from base metal which doesn't really help.  I don't think it's plated with anything actually valuable, so I have no clue.
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« Reply #4: November 05, 2009, 01:38:56 pm »

Foaming bathroom cleaner.  It's not necessarily cheaper than toothpaste, but I find that it works fairly quickly for cleaning metals of questionable origin without a lot of scrubbing.

*looks under kitchen sink*

Yes, I found some Scrubbing Bubbles.  How do I do it so that I don't get any water in the case?  I have been using a toothbrush and wiping it off with a damp washcloth.
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« Reply #5: November 08, 2009, 07:12:39 pm »

I have been using a toothbrush and wiping it off with a damp washcloth.

Sorry I missed this earlier.  I'd wrap the case in a bit of plastic wrap and carefully spray the band directly and let it sit for a few seconds and then scrub with toothbrush or a cloth.  I'd warn you to test a spot first, but it sounds like you already have.  Smiley
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