Broken Rusty Pin V1
We are going to use extreme heat to break up the rust jamming the pin in the bracelet. This will discolour the metal so do not use on extremely valuable, Gold plated or any metal other than stainless steel (this method works on titanium but you will not get the same finish). Warn the customer that “there will be a slight discolouration that they may or may not see” before doing the job just to cover yourself.
Here is the problem. The pin has rusted tight into the link. I have tried pushing and gently tapping the pin out but it is not moving. I have checked that the watch is stainless steel so i know it is OK to heat it but there is a gold plated line down the middle of the bracelet so i am going to be very careful that this bit doesn’t get too hot.
I am heating it until it is starting to glow. as the metal starts to turn brown you get a red plasma glow around the heated area. this is usually enough. Dip the link in cold water
CAUTION: It is very hot so be careful.
Now the pin should then just push out. If it doesn’t repeat the previous step and let it stay in the heat longer. If it still doesn’t come out then someone may have hammered the pin so much that it has squashed and eventually riveted itself in place. you will need to try a different method.
Depending on the finish of the bracelet will determine how you Remove the discolouration. This bracelet is fine matt so i am using a fine abrasive block but you can use emery paper or even an ink rubber from a stationary shop. If the finish was shiny I would have used a polishing machine.
The link is now almost indistinguishable from the rest (in fact better looking). Choose a new split pin that is stainless steel that fits well.
And it is done and looks almost perfect.