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    Sharing my v7 sharpie mod experience

    So guys, I decided to share with you guys my experience painting my v7 hulk.
    This is a cheap mod that I recommend to anyone who has ( submariner, gmt, ceramic Daytonas, etc..).
    The word " cheap" might put you off, but it can litterally change your mind about your watch.
    I had my v7 for quite a bit now, ( 9 months maybe ) and it looked like this.

    Pictures in sunlight:





    Picture in low light:









    Being bothered so much by the extremely dark numbers, ( see 30',35',40' markers in the last photo) I bought a yachtmaster and stopped wearing the hulk.
    After thinking about selling it for a while, I decided to try out the sharpie platinum mod that everyone talked about.

    I used this pen ( high light picture )



    ( I took the bezel out, it's not mandatory, but it helps you a lot especially while painting the triangle at 12 o'clock, as you don't have to worry about getting paint on the crystal. )

    FIRST STEP
    Clean the bezel engravings.
    I recommend:
    1) get a toothbrush and brush the numbers
    2) get the tip wet with water and start cleaning the engravings. You don't need a lot of pressure

    SECOND STEP
    wait for it to dry, and clean it with a microfiber cloth.

    THIRD STEP
    Apply the sharpie. Write a line of a piece of paper first in order to make sure the pen writes correctly. Then, start painting the bezel. You want to write on it in one direction (e.g. do counter clockwise strokes). It might seem that the numbers are extremely full at first but the paint quickly thins down



    FOURTH STEP

    Wait for the paint to dry, 30m/1 hour is fine.

    FIFTH STEP

    Grab a toothpick, wet the tip with water and clean the excess paint. You will need a lot of toothpicks as the tips will get full of ink or lose their shape quickly.

    (Still had to clean the 12 o'clock to 15' markers)


    Don't worry. While cleaning the bezel it can happen that you mess up a marker (you remove the paint from the engraving ). Simply go back to STEP ONE, make sure to clean it very well though.

    And this is all it takes. After doing this mod, I have started wearing my hulk again and I love it!

    I'm sorry I didn't take any sunlight pictures with the paint mod yet as I hadn't the possibility yet.

    Comparing the results: ( See the 50',45',40' markers of the stock paint )





    Some shots with the paint mod:






    #2
    Thanks for sharing the mod and the effort for taking the pics and explanation.

    I my eyes the color is really good.

    But to give you a honest feedback: IMO the surface of the paint looks extremely uneven, it looks... just painted. I would rather live with a little too dark color than having a lighter color but uneven/not clean surface. IMO this is now a bigger tell because this unevenness we have on really cheap sub inserts.
    How did the cat get so fat?

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    • #3
      Looks good! You can also use nail polish remover to remove the excess paint. Unevenness is a (slight - because one can't notice unless you look up close) issue for sure, but think it can be mitigated if you are willing to spend a lot of time smoothing it out (I was not)!

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        #4
        Originally posted by domiffm, post: 3770143, member: 101718
        Thanks for sharing the mod and the effort for taking the pics and explanation.

        I my eyes the color is really good.

        But to give you a honest feedback: IMO the surface of the paint looks extremely uneven, it looks... just painted. I would rather live with a little too dark color than having a lighter color but uneven/not clean surface. IMO this is now a bigger tell because this unevenness we have on really cheap sub inserts.
        I know, but I have done some touch-ups in order to correct the unevenness. this is a common problem of DIY paint mods.
        Are there any specific marker that you are referring to? I can say that artificial highlights the imperfections. In the sun it is better.
        By the way, for me it's the opposite, but I guess everyone has an opinion I prefer the paint modded one over the dark one.

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          #5
          Originally posted by LorenzoM, post: 3770157, member: 144607
          I know, but I have done some touch-ups in order to correct the unevenness. this is a common problem of DIY paint mods.
          Are there any specific marker that you are referring to? I can say that artificial highlights the imperfections. In the sun it is better.
          By the way, for me it's the opposite, but I guess everyone has an opinion I prefer the paint modded one over the dark one.
          Manually you will never get the evenness of an automated process. So yes is it a common problem of the dyi‘s.

          In my eyes affected here are: triangle, all markers until 10, 20, 30, 35.. from what i can see from the pics.
          How did the cat get so fat?

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            #6
            Originally posted by domiffm, post: 3770166, member: 101718
            Manually you will never get the evenness of an automated process. So yes is it a common problem of the dyi‘s.

            In my eyes affected here are: triangle, all markers until 10, 20, 30, 35.. from what i can see from the pics.
            Thanks for the reply, of course you can't get it 100% even manually ( there is the spongebob mod for that ) but doing some touch ups definitely helps.

            Originally posted by LorenzoM, post: 3770157, member: 144607
            I can say that artificial highlights the imperfections

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              #7
              This is a very good work but honestly, to me the paint looks too silver

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                #8
                Originally posted by connor86, post: 3770206, member: 75024
                This is a very good work but honestly, to me the paint looks too silver
                This has been discussed several times, some prefer to use the " white sharpie" but that again is too white ahahaha, I guess it all boils down to personal preferences! Let's be honest, only people from these forums will notice things like the SEL's, and the color difference between the paint modded ones and the gen; and nobody is going to look at your watch with a loupe

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by LorenzoM, post: 3770374, member: 144607
                  This has been discussed several times, some prefer to use the " white sharpie" but that again is too white ahahaha, I guess it all boils down to personal preferences! Let's be honest, only people from these forums will notice things like the SEL's, and the color difference between the paint modded ones and the gen; and nobody is going to look at your watch with a loupe

                  The truth is nobody's is looking at your watch really, unless you’re in front of a watch maniac :-)
                  This said, i have a lot of ceramics and refused several times to perform any paint job, i think the stock results are dark but solid and the paint is very smooth

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                    #10
                    Thanks i always wondered how you go about this mod properly
                    ***WANTED*** Submariner 16613 Franken Bluesy (Pre-Ceramic) ***WANTED***

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                      #11
                      To get it 100% even and flat you need to 'dry brush' it before it dries - with a really soft brush. The sharpie nib is shit at applying the ink with any finesse, and the result is usually gloopy and rough looking.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by LorenzoM, post: 3770101, member: 144607
                        So guys, I decided to share with you guys my experience painting my v7 hulk.
                        This is a cheap mod that I recommend to anyone who has ( submariner, gmt, ceramic Daytonas, etc..).
                        The word " cheap" might put you off, but it can litterally change your mind about your watch.
                        I had my v7 for quite a bit now, ( 9 months maybe ) and it looked like this.

                        Pictures in sunlight:





                        Picture in low light:









                        Being bothered so much by the extremely dark numbers, ( see 30',35',40' markers in the last photo) I bought a yachtmaster and stopped wearing the hulk.
                        After thinking about selling it for a while, I decided to try out the sharpie platinum mod that everyone talked about.

                        I used this pen ( high light picture )



                        ( I took the bezel out, it's not mandatory, but it helps you a lot especially while painting the triangle at 12 o'clock, as you don't have to worry about getting paint on the crystal. )

                        FIRST STEP
                        Clean the bezel engravings.
                        I recommend:
                        1) get a toothbrush and brush the numbers
                        2) get the tip wet with water and start cleaning the engravings. You don't need a lot of pressure

                        SECOND STEP
                        wait for it to dry, and clean it with a microfiber cloth.

                        THIRD STEP
                        Apply the sharpie. Write a line of a piece of paper first in order to make sure the pen writes correctly. Then, start painting the bezel. You want to write on it in one direction (e.g. do counter clockwise strokes). It might seem that the numbers are extremely full at first but the paint quickly thins down



                        FOURTH STEP

                        Wait for the paint to dry, 30m/1 hour is fine.

                        FIFTH STEP

                        Grab a toothpick, wet the tip with water and clean the excess paint. You will need a lot of toothpicks as the tips will get full of ink or lose their shape quickly.

                        (Still had to clean the 12 o'clock to 15' markers)


                        Don't worry. While cleaning the bezel it can happen that you mess up a marker (you remove the paint from the engraving ). Simply go back to STEP ONE, make sure to clean it very well though.

                        And this is all it takes. After doing this mod, I have started wearing my hulk again and I love it!

                        I'm sorry I didn't take any sunlight pictures with the paint mod yet as I hadn't the possibility yet.

                        Comparing the results: ( See the 50',45',40' markers of the stock paint )





                        Some shots with the paint mod:





                        Pretty good effort of making the numbers out, good job buddy..

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                        • #13
                          such a simple yet effective mod. thanks for sharing!


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                            #14
                            Originally posted by domiffm, post: 3770143, member: 101718
                            Thanks for sharing the mod and the effort for taking the pics and explanation.

                            I my eyes the color is really good.

                            But to give you a honest feedback: IMO the surface of the paint looks extremely uneven, it looks... just painted. I would rather live with a little too dark color than having a lighter color but uneven/not clean surface. IMO this is now a bigger tell because this unevenness we have on really cheap sub inserts.
                            I did the same with paint brush, look:




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                              #15
                              it looks much better with a paint brush.

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