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spade

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Best cleaning option for old Iron finds
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:12:39 PM »
Hi All,

Whats the best method  for cleaning off heavy incrusted iron finds ????

Many thanks

Spade.

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Re: Best cleaning option for old Iron finds
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2018, 01:23:02 PM »
I just cleaned iron by electrolysis for the first time last month. It was a 19thC plough-horseshoe totally disguised by rust. I followed the instructions of the guy in the link below. I used a car-battery charger, with the 12V bulb to limit the current. I used a steel rod instead of sheet as the anode and it worked OK. The whole lot was done in a bucket. After 24h the red rust could be flaked off by hand, exposing the black rust (which really stains.) Any residual red rust required more electrolysis (I didn't quite get it all off, but only smidgins.) You can get washing soda in Tesco for £1/Kg. I didn't clean the horseshoe to shiny like the guy in the link, cos it looks wrong; some black rust looks better. If you try it, good luck!


https://www.qsl.net/2e0waw/rust.htm#achieved
« Last Edit: November 19, 2018, 01:57:34 PM by Seagoon »

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Re: Best cleaning option for old Iron finds
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 02:52:44 PM »
Thanks ,

I think I will give that a go. Your horseshoe come out looking good.
I also found a horseshoe on the Dalmahoy dig on Sunday so ill try using that and see how it goes.

Thanks again

Spade