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« on: March 04, 2016, 11:34:11 am »
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has presented a problem for me.
 It seems as though if I only put vinegar in the drum with pea gravel and the coins makes the drum puff up and pop the lid off .
 I have taken some advice about only using the vinegar,but it seems to work better if I use the vinegar/salt solution. I noticed that with only vinegar the drum would leak.
As soon as I put salt in the vinegar it stopped the drum from leaking and solved the problem. I don't mind the gray film on the coins since it 's nothing that tumbling them afterwards with detergent and water won't solve.
 I got tired of seeing the drums pop open and make a mess.
 Even my new tumbler drums had the same problem.
 I wonder if it's the brand of vinegar the causes the problem. I used to use Heinz brand and how use the less expensive brand.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2016, 11:47:08 am »
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   Never use a Acid.   Acetic Acid (Vinegar) The Metal is Gassing off and that is the Problem.  Just use dish soap.  Maybe  a bit of olive oil on Copper , Brass or anything containing Brass/Copper.    What type of coins are you messing with ?  If Silver we have a Better way.


Any type of Acid on a coin of   value is BAD JU JU.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2016, 12:19:18 pm »
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I don't have the problem if I put salt in the solution.
 It's only when I only put vinegar alone.The seals leak and then build up pressure. I had to clean up all the mess when the lid popped and spilled all the contents of the barrel.
 I tumble the coins for about 40 minutes to avoid the gray film on the coins. If I forget and leave them in too much I have to then tumble them in detergent for about an hour or so.
 I guess the salt helps stop the gas build up in the barrel.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 06:21:41 pm »
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    Acid and Coins BAD JU JU.  Salt is Corrosive too.   Do as you like but I'll never use acid or Salt on mine.


Posted on: March 04, 2016, 06:20:35 pm
   Baking soda is a salt but not as bad as table salt.

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2016, 01:22:24 pm »
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Vinegar and salt work very well in cleaning the clad coins we find. We do not keep the clad coins. Clad coins is what Quarterkings and I mostly come home with. We clean them and take them to the bank so they can be returned to circulation. We do not clean our good coins we find, which are very far and few in between because we live in such a new part of Texas. No towns down here date further back than around 1910. There are no places to find relics as all places that have relics are on Federal land. There are no old home sites available to hunt, period. The only river within 150 miles is the Rio Grande and the land is private property, State Parks(detecting strictly off limits in Texas State Parks) or federal property.

Vinegar together with salt does a great job of cleaning coins as the two set up a chemical reaction. Vinegar or salt alone doesn't work well at all. NEVER use the vinegar/salt solution to clean coins that you will keep and only on clad that you take to the bank.The best way to keep the lid from popping off is to 'burp' the drum after a few minutes and again after a few more minutes. Use a cheap plastic container to set your tumbler in just in case the lid does pop. It will save you a bunch of grief!  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2016, 08:46:20 pm »
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I don't have to burp the drums when I use  the salt/vinegar combo. It only happens when I only use vinegar.
I had been using only vinegar and it tended to leave the coins looking like they have a rainbow finish.I got new ring seals and lids and the problem still was there with only the vinegar in the drum with the coins. The barrel would puff up and eventually pop open.
 I had to tumble them with detergent,but it didn't take off the really caked on crud.
 James is correct about us not using the solution to clean the silver coins. I use toothpaste to clean items that are made of silver.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2016, 09:32:08 pm »
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   I never do copper with Clad or  silver coins.  They go Orange.


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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2016, 11:45:37 pm »
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Great advice
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2016, 07:49:54 pm »
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Does this work without a tumbler Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2016, 08:37:35 pm »
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I have heard that it might,but I've never tried it. I was told that you can put the coins in the plastic container and shake them around with vinegar and salt and it'll clean them up.
 Since I have tumblers I was never tempted to do that. I wish I had tumblers back in the day when I hadn't heard about tumbling the coins. I had a hard time getting the stores to take them as change.
 Try it and tell me if it works.
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