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Cleaning How do I clean the resin band? it's orange and gets dirty easily and will need regular cleaning. I've tried a few things but it looks like I need a specialty cleaning product.

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My universal cleaning solution is baby wipes, not sure if you've tried them but they are an inexpensive easy option

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Bwhat do i clean white resin watch band

Hello, here is an article with tips to clean watch bands, and according to several of the comments, the process was successful on several Gucci and Michael Kors watches as well.

May 10, 2014 | Gucci Watches

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Cleaning watches

Elvis, there are two things that people ask for when asking me to clean their watches. One is cleaning the band and watchcase. The other is what we "watchmakers" call an overhaul traditionally. This involves going inside the watch and removing the movement, repairing any problems, complete disassembly of the movement, cleaning in a special solution and machine, reassembly and lubrication and finally trying to regulate the timing to the watches (watchmaker's?) capability.This will be a necessity in mechanical watches between 5 and 10 year intervals. Most watchmaking lubricants last less than 10 years at most.If you are inquiring about cleaning the band and case I would suggest starting with a dry toothbrush and toothpicks. Not on your teeth but your watch ;-) Neither of these will harm your watch like metal objects. You then may wish to use soap and water BUT be very stingy with the water. Depending on how water resistant your watch is will determine how careful you must be. You might keep your thumb over the crown to help deflect water. You watch will have multiple places to leak such as the caseback, crown and crystal. If it is a chronograph it will also have multiple pushers that also are canidates for leakage.

Jan 06, 2012 | Watches

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I have a Michael Kors watch with a white rubber wristband that has turned dirty and dark in less than a year. I am quite unhappy with how it looks, but very happy with the watch. What to do???

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  1. The easiest thing to try is a regular pencil eraser. It's perfect for removing marks and smudges from rubber and works like a charm! Use white erasers as the pink ones may leave pink smudges.
  2. If a regular pencil eraser doesn't work, try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or similar product. Simply moisten the sponge and rub it over the stained area.
  3. If that doesn't do it, grab your safety goggles and move on to the next step.
  4. Mix four parts water with one part bleach in a cup or small bowl. You will need less than ¼ cup of the finished solution, so only mix a small amount.
  5. Wearing eye protection, moisten a white cloth with the mixture. Do not use a colored cloth. You will likely transfer color from the cloth to the watch band and make your problem worse.
  6. Carefully dab the bleach against the stain on the watch band. Don't over apply the bleach or leave it for more than a few seconds or you may damage the rubber.
  7. If needed, increase the strength of the solution by adding a bit more bleach. Do this in small increments to expose the rubber watchband to as little bleach as necessary.
  8. Blot and repeat as necessary if you see improvement.
  9. Once the stain is removed, rinse the band well with water to remove all the bleach residue.
  10. If the stain remains, mix the Rit Dye Remover with a small amount of water to make a paste.
  11. Spread the paste onto the stained area and allow it to set for a minute.
  12. Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
  13. Repeat if necessary.
Additional Tips and Advice
  • Once you have the band clean, treat it with Armor-All wipes made for vinyl car interiors. This easy tactic will help protect the band from stains and smudging. Repeat every few weeks for maximum effect.
  • Be careful with acetone on rubber watch bands. It can start to break down the rubber and make the band feel "sticky." Once done, this can be difficult to reverse.
Best regards.

Jan 31, 2011 | Fossil CH2331 Wrist Watch

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I have a calumet watch, and the band is getting dirty. Is there a way to clean the band?

Polyurethane Band
Polyurethane Bands, which are made of soft plastic, may turn hard after 2-3 year's use. Colour fading can also be seen.
If bands are kept wet and in highly humid locations or are exposed to sunlight for a long time, the deterioration of the bands may be accelerated in a relatively short period and some cracks may appear on the band surface. (This is called 'hydrolytic cleavage of polyurethane')
Kindly pay attention to the condition of polyurethane bands, which are often worn in such occasions as marine sports/outdoor activities
  • We recommend immediate exchange when your polyurethane band loses elasticity or develops cracks.
  • Semi-transparent/white/fair coloured polyurethane band may turn a different colour due to light/stain ( or sometimes may absorb colours from other materials). In addition, polyurethane bands have many small holes on the surface, which easily catch and hold stains/other different colour material. Thus it is rather tough to entirely clean polyurethane bands. Kindly replace current polyurethane band with a new one when you find extreme discolouration.
  • There exist some sorts of stains (like oil/cosmetics), which cannot be removed off. Smoking cigarette/long time use may turn the colour yellowish.

Do not use solvent/chemicals (benzene/thinner/breach) for band/bracelet cleaning!

Aug 24, 2010 | Alessi Watches

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Cant get the white band clean

I love watches. My collection: Breitling Colt, Bulova Accutron, and a few others.
Yours is no slouch either. I believe it's around $2500. and the band is special, very special. It is made from ceramic and can not be replaced with any other band except for the one it came with. That being the case, if you are going to pay that much for your watch you should expect some quality service from the maker in regards to things like this. So before you do anything else give them a call and ask them if they have any recommendations about cleaning it.

If you get a response some thing like "No problem just send us a blank check and the watch and we will fix it right up, Honest" tell them to get ben........never mind. Just hang up. Their # 1-888-455-9200
If you are going to try and clean it you need to understand just how hard ceramic is. I have ceramic tool cutters almost as hard as diamond cutters so it will take some patients.
The first thing I would try is to let the band soak in bleach. You might be surprised at how well that works. Let it soak awhile. The longer the better

The best thing is to find a polish made specifically for ceramic.
I would try a auto paint supply store. They should have good quality polish for ceramic clear coats. It may also be a good idea to get a piece of white ceramic cutting plate/board and test a spot. I would also use a small Dremel polishing wheel. Dremel also makes a soft polishing stone that you mith want to try depending on how bad the stains are.

Remember a ceramic cutter board is a cheap way to test before you try anything on the band.
I really hope something here helps.
Let me know if you need any other help and please let me know of any success or failure and I'll try and give additional assistance.

Dec 29, 2009 | Nixon 51 30 Tide Watch

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Discolored white nautica watch band

If your watch band have UV sensitive pigmentation in it, there is nothing you can do, but buy the new band.
Find your nearest jeweller and ask to clean watch band in ultrasonic cleaner for 1 hour. If this kind of cleaning doesn't help, that means your watch band is UV sensitive and is and will be discolouring more and more by the time.
Alternatively you can try to clean it with the lighter fluid (ZIPPO). Soak a soft cloth in to lighter fluid and clean the band. Start with a small area inside band to make sure the fluid is not reacting as dissolver, as some resins react quite vigorously and tend to transform into chewing gum sort of state.
And again- if this cleaning doesn't help, the band is UV sensitive and discolouring is taking place.
That discolouring is happening becouse some of the colour pigments used in resin manufacture are sensitive to ultraviolet light and when exposed to sunlight or daylight, they react in a chemical
way, changing molecular structure, wich we see as the colour change.This process can not be reversed and this is why the band can not be cleaned.
Do not forget to rate please.

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Ironman Triathlon Sleek Ladies watch Band problem.

try simple free or a citrus solution often found in household cleaners. js

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