I bit on the beat-up $25 G-Shock deal I posted after Poshmark gave me a $1 shipping promo for signing up. I have long admired this module, and I figured if the bezel and strap were a waste I could swap bodies with my Tron square (here
) when I wanted to change things up. Plus I wanted to see just how hard it is to clean up a G.
Here was the original deal
. I asked, and she said the crystal had no scratches. The white skid marks are paint or something stuck on the watch -- whatever happened, the G stood up better than its adversary:
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It arrived looking just like this. The inside of the strap was grimy from regular use (as expected from the photos). I googled around and read lots of suggestions for how to clean a G -- didn't find a consensus. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I didn't worry too much about it.
I removed the strap and bezel and scrubbed them with a tooth brush in dish soap & water. The white marks were tough. Experimenting a bit, I found that they came off best by scrubbing them with side of a toothpick in the soap & water: I used the side of the soapy toothpick
and scrubbed perpendicular to its grain. It worked fast, too. Funny.
Next I tried soaking and scrubbing these in an ammonia solution -- nothing gained by that.
Next I soaked and scrubbed these in a strong bleach solution
as recommended by konax. That worked a treat. The letters on the bezel brightened up (they were bad
) and the grime inside the strap (which is porous) actually cleared up. The strap is still worn, but the grime is (almost) gone (but there's no help for the keeper -- maybe I'll soak the strap some more). The shiny 'G-Lide' finish seems unaffected by this hours-long soak (some folks online warned against using bleach on G straps/bezels). After the bleach treatment I washed them with soap & water and gave them a good rinse.
I washed the spring bars and bezel screws in rubbing alcohol so that they would dry fast.
I'm surprised how well it turned out:
I hope I'm always this lucky with my experiments!