Thursday, February 21, 2008

Brief G-Shock bezel stealthing guide

Here is a very simple, stealthing project. 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 (remove the white paint).

The first step was to gather all the necessary equipment. For me that means 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 and poured just enough of the Goof Off into the bottom of the bowl to cover the bottom. I place the bezel in the bowl face down so that the lettering was constantly 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 lift out the bezel using the tweezers. I take the toothbrush and dip it into the Goof Off and 'gently' scrub the lettering off the bezel. The paint just washes off and doesn't take very much effort with the toothbrush. Then I wash the bezel in warm soapy water to remove any chemicals and dry 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. Then I am thinking of ways I can black out all of the faceplate lettering... fun and games.

Not a lot of pictures here, but hopefully enough get a feel for how this works. The same process can be used for removing lettering or paint on resin straps. Happy stealthing!

1 comment:

chi said...

Can you figure out a way to" black out all of the faceplate lettering..." yet? I opened the bezel and I still don't know where to start out... thanks leadingmyway@hotmail.com