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« on: July 24, 2006, 08:54:17 am »
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In another post I had just mentioned finding some Romain axes a few years ago. This reminded me of a very controversal topic: How to properly remove rust without causing damage.

Many people will tell you you have to remove it mechanically, some will say use acid (e.g. by putting it into vinegar).

BUT, personally I would recommend putting it into distilled water! This method has one disadvantage: It may take over a year for it to remove the rust. BUT it will not damage your find AND it will remove the rust and mineral salts (causing rust again) even from unaccessable areas.

As a fnal step I would recommend boiling your find and then letting it cool down again.

After everytjing has been removed, best use wax to seal the find by cooking it in the wax.

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2006, 07:32:02 pm »
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i've had excellent results through electrolosis.give it a whirl,you won't regret it.

i've posted how to build your own on a thread about the "large cent needs help"

course you'll be needing a bucket sized device for an axe head,but same principal applies!

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006, 07:14:00 am »
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Well I think you should "bake" an iron items to remov any water and coat it before it completeing cools down..this stops moisture from getting back in...if it does get back in the iron will continue to scale over the years.

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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2006, 08:39:01 am »
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I can also vote for the electrolysis.

Petrol works also great but will require quite some time.

Dean what exactly do you mean by "baking"? Heating the item up by e.g. boiling it in hot water? The chaneg of temperatur ein the metal and rust when it cools down will cause some of the rust to pop off.

I've once heared that if you heated up an iron relic till it glows this would also remove all the rust from it.

To get red of salts and acid traces in teh iron you can put it into destiled water for a day or two.

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006, 09:06:21 am »
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I put an Iron itme in the oven at about 150-180 degrees F..and let it warm up to force out the moisture..the bigger the item the longer you leave it in.
Before it totaly cools off and is just warm..you can coat it with whatever you use.

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2006, 10:38:29 am »
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Great tips guys...Thanks for sharring your experience with us...Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2006, 06:35:42 pm »
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Thanks for the info.  I've got a couple of items I'd like to try that on as soon as i can figure out where I have them sitting around here.

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2006, 07:08:17 pm »
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In another post I had just mentioned finding some Romain axes a few years ago. This reminded me of a very controversal topic: How to properly remove rust without causing damage.

Many people will tell you you have to remove it mechanically, some will say use acid (e.g. by putting it into vinegar).

BUT, personally I would recommend putting it into distilled water! This method has one disadvantage: It may take over a year for it to remove the rust. BUT it will not damage your find AND it will remove the rust and mineral salts (causing rust again) even from unaccessable areas.

As a fnal step I would recommend boiling your find and then letting it cool down again.

After everytjing has been removed, best use wax to seal the find by cooking it in the wax.
after i boil it and use the distilled water,  what is the best kind of wax to use?? i have several items i want to do, broadaxes and such, bigger things, real bad rust/ Thanks

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2006, 07:48:52 pm »
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Hello Bugar,

the cheapest method is to use wax of white colored candles. It's so called Parafin wax. It's the same as an Archeologist would use but much cheaper  Wink

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Hello Bugar,

the cheapest method is to use wax of white colored candles. It's so called Parafin wax. It's the same as an Archeologist would use but much cheaper  Wink

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That's what i was thinking, but just wanted to know for sure{alt}

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