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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2011, 04:25:53 am »
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Huh? I said.............but dont ever do a plated item. Unless you want to "unplate it".   I better stick to the item were talking about.  Grin  yep brass turns green like  copper.  Did I spelt that rite? Anyway.......I dont do much iron, but I change out my water often to help with the final cleanup of the piece. Especially if there is more than one type of metal in the solution. I'm not sure about that piece but different metals can stain each other. Copper can turn other metals pink. And its a bear to remove.....tumble some penny's with some nickles and see.  Grin

And this is why I said what I said. The only time copper will do that is during PLATING, not during electrolysis. No confusion on my part. The electrons are flowing the wrong way to stain anything. Your last post was quite unclear regarding the cleaning of iron and brass when you introduced an irrelevant discussion point in the same discussion with another irrelevant point. You'd have to do it a very long time to unplate something.

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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2011, 10:36:06 pm »
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I dom't think it's plated. I am more worried about the iron staining the other metals.

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I dom't think it's plated. I am more worried about the iron staining the other metals.

You're going to be using a sacrificial anode to remove the corrosion. That will be the only thing getting stained. The current flows from negative to positive taking the oxidation in ion form with it towards the anode. It removes any staining.

Look, the easy way to try all this out is to take an old brass key and a rusty nail and put them together into a solution using one alligator clip. Don't put the real item in until you are satisfied that the process won't hurt either metal. Keep the real deal in distilled water until you're ready to apply electrolysis to it.

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Thanks GD that's a great idea.

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