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How to clean White Rust
Old 10-19-2016, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default How to clean White Rust

Hey there,

I want to clean heavy white rustor even zinc pest on an africa medal

Any tips how?

I've heard it is possible with a special salt acid ?

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Old 10-19-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
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Ok, maybe I understated the damage a bit



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Old 10-19-2016, 12:30 PM   #3
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perhaps a bin might be the best option.
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Old 10-19-2016, 12:33 PM   #4
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No one?
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:33 PM   #5
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Coat it in vaseline and leave it for a while.

Ive had success with vinegar as well. Soak it for a while. 5 minute stints and rinse with water between soakings.


Ive had success with both.
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Thank you I'' try it
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Old 10-20-2016, 02:29 PM   #7
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The medal is too far gone for restoration. The zinc pest has already destroyed a chunk of it and in a few years it will crumble into dust.

Buy a better example while this one goes to the bin

Is it 'ground dug'?
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Yes it is.
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Old 10-20-2016, 09:21 PM   #9
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You have nothing to lose by trying.

Chucking it away may be one avenue but its still a piece of history
that they arent making anymore.

I collect ground dug and u may be surprised as it can only improve it.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:59 AM   #10
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Thanks

Finally someone who understands me. I could never through something like this away even if it isn't recognizable anymore
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Old 10-23-2016, 01:12 PM   #11
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Finally someone who understands me. I could never through something like this away even if it isn't recognizable anymore
That's fine but don't store it with other medals.
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:49 PM   #12
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I stored ot separately, because I've heard the pest can attack the other medals through the air?
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Old 10-25-2016, 02:29 AM   #13
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That is wrong.

Zinkpest is not an airborne virus that attacks metal.

It is the result of 65% or higher humidity.

It is impossible and i repeat impossible, for a medal to catch zinkpest off another medal, so u can store a zinkpested medal next a non zinkpested medal safely.


Research the subject and you will see how silly that idea is.

Im not making this up, its science.
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Old 10-25-2016, 12:20 PM   #14
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Okay, Thanks for the clarification


I will put it next to my Hindenburg crosses
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:53 PM   #15
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might sound extreme,,, but with a piece like that,,you might want to look in to having it glass beaded.. I've collected dug items since the mid 90s and have had it work a few times with excellent results. You have nothing to lose..
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