Here is a very simple, stealthing project for your Casio G-Shock watches. I am planning to do a lot more to my little DW-5600 like reverse the display, stealth the faceplate (if possible), but for now I wanted to stealth the bezel (aka: remove the white paint).
The first step is to gather all the necessary equipment. For this project you’ll need some Goof Off (not Goo Gone or any similar sounding products), a small ceramic bowl/dish (plastic ones may melt with the Goof Off inside it) this is one I made myself, a small pair of tweezers, and an old toothbrush or scrubbing brush.
I removed the bezel from my DW-5600 by unscrewing all four of the tiny retaining screws and taking off the two wrist straps. Then I poured just enough of the Goof Off into the ceramic bowl to cover the bottom, no point in wasting it.
I placed the bezel in the bowl face down so that the lettering was completely submerged. Doing it this way saves using a lot of unnecessary Goof Off. I set my count down timer (CDT) for 20 minutes and stuck the bowl outside to avoid the nasty smell/fumes.
Beep, beep! Ok 20 minutes is up and I lifted out the bezel using the tweezers. I dipped the toothbrush into the Goof Off and ‘gently’ scrubbed at the lettering on the bezel.
The paint just washed right off after being losen by the chemicals and didn’t take very much effort with the toothbrush. Then I washed the bezel in some warm soapy water to remove any left over chemicals and dried it off. After a quick reassembly the bezel is looking nice and stealthy.
Next will be for me to work on changing the polarizing film to make the display negative (see my earlier post on how to convert your watch to a negative display). Then I am going to look at ways of blacking out all of the faceplate lettering… should be fun and games. This same process can be used for removing lettering or paint on resin straps. Happy stealthing!
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