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    • threellamas
    • By threellamas 11th Jun 17, 4:32 PM
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    Cleaning Coins
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    • 11th Jun 17, 4:32 PM
    Cleaning Coins 11th Jun 17 at 4:32 PM
    Odd One.

    I am using R1 coins to make cufflinks for my wedding. Now I had some coins and I wanted to clean them up and make them shiny so I put them in some vinegar. It was too strong and I left them in their for about a week (I forgot about them) and now they are faded, dull and have black "tide" marks on them.

    Can I save them? Someone on here must have been as silly as me. I want them shiny. Or have a ruined them completely and need to put a shout out to friends that may have some to post them to me?

    Thanks in advance.
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    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 11th Jun 17, 4:37 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 4:37 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 4:37 PM
    Hi,

    you could try coke, that's the liquid stuff, can't do much more damage, or concentrated lemon juice.
    Y'all take care now.
    • Frith
    • By Frith 11th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
    What are they made from? No idea what an R1 is!


    A bit of Brasso might help.
    Odd fact: the inventor of nominative determinism was called Trevor Nominative - Determinism. :-)
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 11th Jun 17, 5:43 PM
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    • #4
    • 11th Jun 17, 5:43 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 5:43 PM
    Hi,

    I was thinking R1 was a rand coin.

    This maybe,



    Y'all take care now.
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 11th Jun 17, 7:19 PM
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    • #5
    • 11th Jun 17, 7:19 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 7:19 PM
    Barkeepers friend - the powder version on a damp cloth and rinsed clean .
    Always works wonders on bar pumps and trays .
    polly
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 11th Jun 17, 7:45 PM
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    • #6
    • 11th Jun 17, 7:45 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 7:45 PM
    Well, for a start, stay right off the toothpaste! As in, please do not try that on your coinage.

    If you've distilled water to rinse them with, so much the better as tap water can still contain chemicals you'd rather not leave on a coin.

    Barkeeps' friend is oxycalic acid - think powdered rubarb & it's popular as it's effective, as in Blinking Strong. Certainly worth a pop, but do not leave it for days - leave it for *minutes*, wash & repeat as needed.

    Check your tools - cottonbuds, soft tissue, even a soft and lint free (electrostatic) cloth are all recommended, whereas loo roll - well, some brands are more 'memorable' than others - be gentle on your coins or you'll scratch them.

    If you want them bright & glossy you may have to end up with nail varnish - but let's hope it's not That Bad?!
    Best of luck!
    • threellamas
    • By threellamas 11th Jun 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 8:06 PM
    Yep - Thats the coin.

    I will try coke tomorrow when I can pop to the shops, lemon juice tonight and if neither of those work i will look for barkeepers friend.

    You guys are stars.

    Thank you.
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