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Cleaning oxidation on bullion embroidery
Old 03-09-2002, 05:52 AM   #1
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Dear fellow collectors,

I recently bought a Luftwaffe officer's visor cap. It's really in good condition, but the only thing is that it has a bit of oxidation on his embroidered insignia (eagle and wreath around the "Kokarde").

What do you recommend to use to clean it? It's possible to restore it to its previous conditions?

Any good tips will be mostly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

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Old 03-11-2002, 03:01 PM   #2
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What a shame! ...nobody seems to be able to help me in this matter. Maybe a nice photo will stimulate a better response:



What would you do in this case with the oxidation of the embroidered insignia? The dealer recommended me to use WD 40. What kind of product is that? Sort of alcool? (not to drink of course, to clean)

Thank you very much for your patience!

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Old 03-11-2002, 03:31 PM   #3
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Judging for the photo the oxidation it's minimal so I leave it alone, trying to prevent further puting the cap in a dry environment. I have several Infantry Officers cap and I leave all the dirt alone, removing it with a soft brush and a lot of patient, also restoring the embroided insignias with quirurgical neddles and a jeweler lupe, it takes a lot of time, but the results are superb. Don't know if you can use some products to clean it faster, but I prefer patient and a good job that taking innecesary risks.

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Old 03-12-2002, 03:24 PM   #4
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Here is a link to the very same question, which I asked on the "Conservation and Restoration" section of the germanuniforms.com site. The answer was provided by the Forum moderator, John Casino, a trained conservator.Powder on Bullion
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Old 03-16-2002, 10:46 AM   #5
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I would say don't touch it! The powdering adds to the provenance IMO, and trying to clean it will forever make the visor "messed with"
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Old 03-17-2002, 01:39 PM   #6
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Oh Jeez - please don't use WD 40 - its a penetrating oil, great for loosening rusted in screws, what it would do to your bullion I hate to imagine. I agree, if you are going to do anything just a very careful, gentle brushing. After almost 60 years I reckon it has stabilised .
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Old 03-18-2002, 07:08 AM   #7
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Claudio, whenever i cleaned or restored anything i always regretted it, leave it alone. All collectors know with age bullion starts to powder up. Also, i'd love to know where the idea of WD 40 came from, i would never think of it. Ciao, Sonny
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Thank you all for your comments.

I think that I will leave the visor cap as it is, because is conditions are not so bad. Furthermore I do also believe that aging marks add more flavor to the piece in question.

I am too scared to use WD40, since I do not know the result of such product on embroidery which is at least 60 years old, although it was recommended to me by the dealer who sold the cap.

The only thing I will have to pay attention is to store it properly, away from humidity and most importantly from direct sunlight!

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Old 03-24-2002, 09:31 AM   #9
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I am one of the heretics,
a bit of WD40 sprayed on a Qtip and gently dabbed works wonders.
this kind of stuff does not stabalise after 60 years, it grows.
WD40 kills it and stops it.
but you must use a microscopic amount on a Qtip.

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