Cleaning Slabs

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by chascat, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. chascat

    chascat Well-Known Member

    I have many scratched slabs. Is there any good method to polish them in order to remove the scratches?
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  3. jwitten

    jwitten Well-Known Member

    I've used toothpaste to buff a few of them. It helps if it is just light scratches, but if it is deep scratches not much helps.
  4. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Check out Novus.
  5. swamp yankee

    swamp yankee Well-Known Member

    If the scratches are deep/cover the focal areas,send them back to be "reholdered"
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  6. ken454

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  7. Evan8

    Evan8 A Little Off Center

    Dont clean the slabs! The slab grading companies will grade them cleaned lol
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  8. krispy

    krispy krispy

    Best product for this are the three-step plastic polishes by Novus, sold via Wizard Coin Supply.

    Goo Gone (used VERY sparingly, it's oily and spreads easily) is good when shooting photos as it tends to fill the hairline scratches that would otherwise catch light and appear in your shots. It also takes off most gunk from stickers and labels people may have attached to the slabs.
  9. Reholdering is $12ea from PCGS and a $10 minimum handling fee for all. I had some sticker residue on the back of a holdered Franklin. I thought I had grabbed some "Goo gone" but discovered it was W-40. For 3 seconds it looked great then completely destroyed the back clouding it over. The coin is ok.
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  11. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

  12. chascat

    chascat Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tips on Lens Cleaner, by the way, peanut butter removes labels.

  13. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    I've sent coins into NGC for reholdering when the slabs were really bad. They charge $10 to reholder, but I discovered that if you send in an already holdered coin for variety attribution, they will reholder it for you for free. Since attribution is $15, it's only $5 more to do this, so if it's worth an extra $5 to you to get a variety on the label I suggest you go that route instead.
  14. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Now THAT'S a very good idea (although not all coins have documented attributions).
  15. davidh

    davidh soloist gnomic

  16. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    And it also makes your slabs smell better :D

    BTW, plain ol' Colgate's Toothpaste (the original) works best.
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  17. Cascade

    Cascade The Blind VAMmer

    Hmm, I wonder what they would do if you sent in a scratched up multi-slab for reholder. Ya know, because they deny all knowledge of existence and all. Would they split the coins?
  18. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    I use Meguiar's PlastX, a soft cloth, and elbow grease. PCGS slabs take to being polished better than NGC slabs.
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