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Thread: Cleaning rust encrusted revolver

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  1. #1
    Jul 2018
    Black Diamond, WA
    Minelab Equinox 600
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    Metal Detecting

    Cleaning rust encrusted revolver

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    Just dug this today and appears to be an Andrew Fryberg & Co. Revolver. Iím wanting to clean my to clean it up without destroying it. It looks to be deeply rusted. I also donít want to try anything that might destroy the hand grips. I think they are a plastic. Any thoughts?


  2. #2
    Jan 2016
    NW Arcanslaw / SW Misery
    Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold / Garrett PropointerAT.
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Electrolysis, but I'm afraid it's already destroyed.
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  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
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    Nice find!

    If you can, remove the plastic hand grips (if you can); electrolysis appears to be the best solution.
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  4. #4
    Dec 2018
    Nox 800
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    A sonic cleaner?
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  5. #5
    Jul 2018
    Black Diamond, WA
    Minelab Equinox 600
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    Metal Detecting
    Can’t get grips off. Used dish detergent, and wire brush. Afraid to do more. Here’s how it looks now.

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  6. #6
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    Nov 2018
    The Thumb
    Mine Lab Equinox 800, Mine Lab Pro Find 35, Quest Pro, Garrett AT Pro, Garrett Pro Pointer 2, Whites ID5 Classic
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    I like it just the way it is, will look awesome in a box on the wall ... nice find
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  7. #7
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    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
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    I agree looks hood just like that
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  8. #8
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro, EQ800
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    It'd have to have a little more bling to be "hood"! lmao! I'm here all day, folks! .... ..... ....

    Seriously, a gal I know found two pistols in a drained lake and she youtubed electrolysis and worked them and I couldn't believe how clean she got them. Your gun looks to be in worse shape as the trigger guard is already gone. I think the mud in the lake helped preserve the two she found.

    Still a very cool find and I agree that it would look fine in a display as is. Grats!



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