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i have a mark on my crystal near the center. you can feel the mark with your finger nail. I dont now if it would be better to replace the crystal, somehow remove it or leave it be. what kind of compound would I use to remove the mark? I have posted the picture. you can see the mark close to the center of the crystal (on the 9:00 side of the hands). any advise is appreciated.

 

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You could ask a local optician to have a go at buffing it out for you, and I know some guys have had success with removing minor scratches with diamond pastes.

Personally I'd live with it, it'll only be a matter of time before you add further scratches, so I'd consider changing it when you've added a little more wabi.
 

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cnycoburn said:
i have a mark on my crystal near the center. you can feel the mark with your finger nail. I dont now if it would be better to replace the crystal, somehow remove it or leave it be. what kind of compound would I use to remove the mark? I have posted the picture. you can see the mark close to the center of the crystal (on the 9:00 side of the hands). any advise is appreciated.


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In my experience, dings like that can't be easily removed; even with proffesional machinery :'(

If you can't ignore it, then a new crystal is the answer. You might like to go the sapphire route too; not that much more expensive and will make it a lot less likely for future scratches/dings to happen.
 

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With a small, but probably deep, ding like that, it'll take a lot of buffing. You'll end up with a depression that'll probably be more noticeable than the scratch, as reflections will be distorted. I've been polishing a couple of crystals this week, and it takes a very long time. If I could get replacements, I'd fit a new one rather than polishing.


You'll probably notice the scratch a lot less if you disguise the white frosting on it's surface. If you rub it with a wet finger, does it almost disappear? Try filling it with a tiny drop of clear lacquer.
 

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cnycoburn said:
I dont now if it would be better to replace the crystal, somehow remove it or leave it be.
I would ignore it or replace it. A genuine replacement costs about $16. Part number is 315P15HN02.

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Myles
 

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catflem said:
You could ask a local optician to have a go at buffing it out for you, and I know some guys have had success with removing minor scratches with diamond pastes.

Personally I'd live with it, it'll only be a matter of time before you add further scratches, so I'd consider changing it when you've added a little more wabi.
I'm an optician. I would say it's not worth the risk to have a try at it. I'd live with it until it gets worse.

Cheers!
Mike
 
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