Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by brinssig, May 26, 2020.
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® has been less than advertised, so wouldn't recommend it based upon my using it. The other products I have no knowledge of. I have tried many "cleaners" on junk coins to determine if they can do as advertised, without damaging the coin, and haven't really found any that I'm happy with. Good old acetone baths and distilled water are still my "go to" cleaners.
I thought hydrocarbons don't harm coins.
Generally so, but most also do not remove material from coins unless it is organic and not metallic compounds (like verdigris) . High molecular weight ones ( oils) make them shinier, but graders would notice. Acetone is what I would use instead.
If people want to experiment first on low value coins, its educational and fun, but if it is to use on a valuable coin to send for grading, I recommend caution.
A pure hydrocarbon probably won't, but unless it is a very low molecular weight hydrocarbon, it will probably leave an oily film behind on the coin, and isn't that why you are "cleaning" them in the first place? To remove contaminents from the surface of the coin. What good is a "cleaner" that leaves its own contaminents behind.
Frankly most contaminents you are going to want to be removing from you coins (unless you are trying to remove toning/tarnish) can be removed with either distilled water or acetone, both of which are pretty safe, harmless to the coins, and probably cheaper than these cleaners.
when used properly are safe to use on coins.
1 - distilled water
2 - acetone
3 - xylene
4 - coin dip
And yeah, you could throw in alcohol but one of the 4 above always does a better job than it does.
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