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    Grandson's scratched his Casio watch....

    The model is a Casio AE-1200WHD-1AVEF iluminator, which a few of us on the forum have. Is the front plastic or glass?
    He's scratched it at school. I might be able to polish it out if it's plastic. Thanks.

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    By the simple expedient of typing it into Google it appears that it is acrylic glass i.e plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by village View Post
    By the simple expedient of typing it into Google it appears that it is acrylic glass i.e plastic.
    Thanks for that, I did try Googling it but all the descriptions were a bit vague. 🙂

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Thanks for that, I did try Googling it but all the descriptions were a bit vague. 
    My Google fu is strong tonight

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    If itís acrylic plastic (likely) the standard procedure for refinishing should suffice.

    Ideally, 1500 grit wet and dry, followed by 3000, followed by autosol metal polish, will fix it. Finishing with polywatch will get it sparkling, but for this type of watch the finish with metal polish will probably look OK.

    Wrap the wet and dry paper around something flat, a hard rubber block is ideal, or a lolly stick. Doing it like this will improve the levelling effect, itís a more efficient way to do it. My rubber blocks are made from offcuts of a car exhaust mounting, itís hard rubber and itís flat.

    Finer wet and dry is available, but 3000 followed by metal polish works well. Use the paper wet, and put a spot of detergent in the water. Washing up liquidís fine.

    Donít attack it with a Dremel, using the polishing mops with polish will almost certainly melt the surface!

    Paul

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    Thanks Paul that's great advice I've ordered some Polywatch. He's only 12 and is upset he's marked it as I bought it for him recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post
    Better to supervise the lad doing it himself. Take his current bad feeling and give him the skills and feeling of resourcefulness to have sorted his own problem 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGJG View Post
    Better to supervise the lad doing it himself. Take his current bad feeling and give him the skills and feeling of resourcefulness to have sorted his own problem 👍
    Of course, bless him he asked if he could take it to Timpsons for them to fix it 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Of course, bless him he asked if he could take it to Timpsons for them to fix it
    This could be very valuable learning:

    1. Learn to fix own scratch
    2. Increaced feeling of ownership
    3. Learn to keep watches away from Timpsons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Of course, bless him he asked if he could take it to Timpsons for them to fix it 😂
    Youíll be getting him to do shoe repairs next 🤗

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    Polywatch is OK for final finish, otherwise itís like boring through a mountain with a carrot. Itíll improve the scratch by softening the edges slightly, but thatís all.

    If you make the scratch disappear the lad will think youíre a genius!

    It happens to the best of us.......scratched the acrylic crystal on my 1952 Seamaster yesterday and had to give it the treatment!

    Paul

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    I gave my then 12 year old son a gw-5610bc out of my (too large) Casio collection and within a few months the clasp was through to the metal, the bezel was heavily gouged and it looked like it had been run over by a train! - still worked perfectly of course. Moral of the story? Kids = g shocks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDad View Post
    I gave my then 12 year old son a gw-5610bc out of my (too large) Casio collection and within a few months the clasp was through to the metal, the bezel was heavily gouged and it looked like it had been run over by a train! - still worked perfectly of course. Moral of the story? Kids = g shocks!


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    It's not just kids.. There must be a gene in the human species that makes them ignore "that thing on their wrist". My wife is terrible - she had a lovely slim and beautiful Skagen for a few months before one day and I saw scratches/chips etc that all over it - two days later she had cracked the crystal (albeit acrylic) in half. Now, if she was on a building site using it as a tool I could understand that, but she drove a desk at the time!! Whereas all of my watches are worn for work (Used to be a fairly manual job too) and bar the odd ding or scratch they are all fine and dandy some of which I have had long past 18 years... Shame she isn't into G-Shocks.

    Hope the lad gets some good fixing skills and as others said gets more of a sense of ownership of the watch. While it's not nice to break/damage things I do love the fact that, generally, I have been able to fix them afterwards - my kids notice it a lot to, many a time I hear a "Daddy, can you fix this?".

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    Is this the one that's twenty five quid on Amazon? I suggest Granddad buys him a new one for Christmas ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Thanks Paul that's great advice I've ordered some Polywatch. He's only 12 and is upset he's marked it as I bought it for him recently.
    Just wondering if you ever went down the 1500/3000 wet and dry/autosol/ polywatch route? Iím about to embark on something similar and keen to hear of someone elseís success first. Thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cptnbignose View Post
    Just wondering if you ever went down the 1500/3000 wet and dry/autosol/ polywatch route? Iím about to embark on something similar and keen to hear of someone elseís success first. Thanks


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    Yes I took Paul's advice and after half an hour the scratch had gone! The lad was ecstatic as I made him do most of the work

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    Good to hear, time to go rummaging in the garage for some sandpaper.


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    Bin it and replace

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    Quote Originally Posted by henk View Post
    Bin it and replace

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    Do you get invited to many parties Henk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Hotel View Post
    Do you get invited to many parties Henk?
    Funnily enough I do

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    Ok Henk.

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    Nothing wrong with a scratch or two on the crystal of the watch given to you by your Granddad....


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