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Resurrecting Bezel Inserts (or How to Remove Paint)

January 24 2018 at 4:17 PM
Ken  (Login Rome1680)
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I bought four GMT bezel inserts today. At first glance, the inserts were not original.

But whoa, what is that peaking out of the chip on the front? And look at those faded red backs!

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I decided to remove the paint. For future reference, in case someone else encounters the same issue, I used a heat gun to slightly warm the insert. Then, while the insert was still warm, I used rubbing alcohol on cotton balls to gently remove the paint.

The paint is coming off!!!!!

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Here are the inserts that were hiding underneath the hideous refinish job from years ago. (I guess faded wasn't "in" back then.)

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(Login mkvc)

Victory is yours!

January 24 2018, 5:25 PM 

A good eye, and a tremendous result.

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Eric Ku
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This is great!

January 24 2018, 7:34 PM 

thats a small fortune in your hand there!

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(Login idahowatchdude)
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What a great story with a GREAT outcome!!

January 24 2018, 8:00 PM 

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(Login LunetteVerde)
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Wow, it’s like discovering a Monet under paint :)

January 24 2018, 10:57 PM 

Job well done !

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January 25 2018, 12:02 AM 

Great find there. If you ever plan to sell one of those beauties please let me know!

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Re: Resurrecting Bezel Inserts (or How to Remove Paint)

January 25 2018, 3:47 AM 

Fine if you can find one, or four, to clean off. I've never seen one hand-painted insert for sale.

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(Login seve1945)
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What a great discovery. You never know when this paint

January 25 2018, 6:07 AM 

removal technique will come in handy. Thanks for sharing.

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Jessy Webster
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Wow that's great! Congrats and well done!

January 25 2018, 9:45 AM 

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Richard Carver
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Astounding, well done

January 25 2018, 4:28 PM 


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(Login dynhm6)
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Keen eye!

January 26 2018, 5:22 PM 

That's almost as good as discovering and successfully peeling-off the top coat from a Beatles "Butcher" cover.

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(Login ChazHen)
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Your unicorn barnyard find! Congrats!

January 30 2018, 10:18 PM 

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(Login RolexVintage.it)
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wow !

January 31 2018, 10:19 AM 

wow ! Good Job

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