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  • 8E45E
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    Beer can collectors use oxalic acid. If they find a rare label that's been in the woods for some time, oxalic acid removes most of the rust, but leaves the original paint and graphics unharmed. Then apply a good non-abraisive wax.

    Craig

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  • BobGlasscock
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    Always critters around Jeff. They luv him.

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  • JohnM15
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    Thanks, DEEPNHOOK, didn't know there were critters there!

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  • DEEPNHOCK
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    Here's what a preservationist told me to do when I asked him that same question on some vintage hand carved duck decoy's.....
    I used the same method on some old cast iron stove parts and it worked beautifully, and still has not rusted.
    Didn't turn all pasty white, and looks great...years later......
    Couldn't hurt to try it on a spot....

    Wash them with some Murphy's Oil Soap. http://www.colgate.com/MurphyOilSoap/home
    (Maybe their general purpose 'cleaner'?) http://www.colgate.com/MurphyOilSoap/products/all-purpose-cleaner
    Put a little bleach in it to kill any critters...
    Then wax it with SC Johnson paste floor wax. http://www.floorcareproducts.com/wood-floor-wax/index.asp

    HTIH
    Jeff

    Originally posted by JohnM15 View Post
    I know a lot of you may think I'm nuts with this but does anyone have a good method to preserving the patina? I have a good bit of surface rust on my M15A and want to preserve the natural finish of paint and rust. I have tried lightly sanding the rust being careful not scratch the paint where it appears and not to go down to bare metal. I then steel wool the area and apply paste wax. I suppose I could apply a clear finish to prevent more rust but I think that would ruin the patina.

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    Patina Preservation (crazy talk here)

    I know a lot of you may think I'm nuts with this but does anyone have a good method to preserving the patina? I have a good bit of surface rust on my M15A and want to preserve the natural finish of paint and rust. I have tried lightly sanding the rust being careful not scratch the paint where it appears and not to go down to bare metal. I then steel wool the area and apply paste wax. I suppose I could apply a clear finish to prevent more rust but I think that would ruin the patina.
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