Resurrecting Bezel Inserts (or How to Remove Paint)

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Resurrecting Bezel Inserts (or How to Remove Paint)

Joined: April 22nd, 2012, 12:09 am

January 25th, 2018, 12:17 am #1

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!







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!!!!!



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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Joined: March 3rd, 2005, 5:00 am

January 25th, 2018, 1:25 am #2

A good eye, and a tremendous result.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

January 25th, 2018, 3:34 am #3

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!







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!!!!!



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










thats a small fortune in your hand there!
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Joined: April 5th, 2014, 4:17 am

January 25th, 2018, 4:00 am #4

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!







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!!!!!



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










What a great story with a GREAT outcome!!
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Joined: January 28th, 2011, 1:52 am

January 25th, 2018, 6:57 am #5

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!







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!!!!!



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










Job well done !
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Joined: November 11th, 2017, 10:55 am

January 25th, 2018, 8:02 am #6

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!







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!!!!!



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










Great find there. If you ever plan to sell one of those beauties please let me know!
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Joined: August 27th, 2011, 12:07 pm

January 25th, 2018, 11:47 am #7

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!







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!!!!!



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










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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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 1:14 pm

January 25th, 2018, 2:07 pm #8

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!







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!!!!!



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










removal technique will come in handy. Thanks for sharing.
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Joined: January 6th, 2017, 12:01 am

January 25th, 2018, 5:45 pm #9

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!







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!!!!!



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










Wow that's great! Congrats and well done!
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Joined: January 29th, 2014, 2:38 pm

January 26th, 2018, 12:28 am #10

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!







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!!!!!



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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