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    Acetone

    Anyone on here use Acetone to remove fingerprints from Proofs found in the wild? I found a total of 6 clad proofs in my last half dollar box. Looked to be a small collection dump as 3 of them were found in the same roll. 4 of the proofs are in great condition but have some fingerprints that I would like to remove. Any tips or instructions would be appreciated.
    Totals:
    Amount Searched as of 05/7/13 - $24,087.50

    90% Kennedy - x15
    40% Kennedy - x44
    Franklin - x10
    Walker - x6
    Roosevelt - x38
    Mercury - x3
    War Nickel - x4
    Buffalo Nickel - x4



    = 1 New CRH Find

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    us
    Feb 2011
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    do it, what do you have to lose? i once found a dime in one of my dime rolls that had pink nail polish on it, but looked shiny from what I could tell(i couldn't read the date)... dipped it in nail polish remover and out popped a 1988-S clad proof dime that looks flawless.

    afterall, there is really no market for proofs, why not!
    hh
    buff
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    HH
    BuffaloBoy

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    Apr 2012
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    I almost have 10 face in clad proof.

    Might want to slang it on embay.

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    I'm definitely going to dip the proofs in acetone. Just wanted to see if anyone has any tips on procedures.
    Totals:
    Amount Searched as of 05/7/13 - $24,087.50

    90% Kennedy - x15
    40% Kennedy - x44
    Franklin - x10
    Walker - x6
    Roosevelt - x38
    Mercury - x3
    War Nickel - x4
    Buffalo Nickel - x4



    = 1 New CRH Find

  5. #5
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    Jul 2011
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    I just wipe mine off with some condensation HHHHHHHHHH, and a wipe of the shirt?

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    us
    Feb 2011
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    show us some before and after pictures! (joking, but it would be a neat experiment!)
    hh
    buff
    Quote Originally Posted by usernameerror View Post
    I'm definitely going to dip the proofs in acetone. Just wanted to see if anyone has any tips on procedures.
    HH
    BuffaloBoy

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    us
    Apr 2012
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    How long do you dip for? 1 second?

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    Feb 2008
    SE Missouri
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    acetone is a known cancer causing agent. wear gloves, & be careful. If you look at finger nail polish remover now there is no acetone in it. but who knows what they replaced it with? O & I'm sure air is a cancer causing agent now too!?
    dancing in the fire!

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    Jan 2012
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    I use soaked cotton ball with acetone. I don't use fingernail polish remover. I heard it has an additive in it. Works great

  10. #10
    us
    Apr 2012
    East Coast
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    I've read different techniques online. Some people do multiple soaks of 20 seconds. Some even longer.
    Totals:
    Amount Searched as of 05/7/13 - $24,087.50

    90% Kennedy - x15
    40% Kennedy - x44
    Franklin - x10
    Walker - x6
    Roosevelt - x38
    Mercury - x3
    War Nickel - x4
    Buffalo Nickel - x4



    = 1 New CRH Find

  11. #11
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    I work with acetone on a daily basis, it's the preferable solvent to clean off almost anything. It evaporates really fast, and is less toxic than say methanol or dicholoromethane, or any of those really nasty solvents. In chemistry as an undergraduate, they would give everyone a squirt bottle of acetone along with a squirt bottle of water. Just wear gloves and do it in a well ventilated area. Honestly if you are only doing it every now and then you don't have much to worry about. Now if it's your daily job to be working with acetone, then you want to take every caution possible

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    us
    Feb 2012
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    Although acetone will eat the hell out of anything plastic. metals are ok though

  13. #13
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    Mr. Schulz

    Mar 2012
    DeWitt, Iowa
    Ace 250, Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, Custom Recovery tools, Nupla Prb4t Soil Probe 60 IN,
    1,540
    312 times
    Coin Roll Hunting, Bottle hunting, and Metal Detecting
    I clean my MD Finds in Nail Polish Remover.. Never done it with CRH finds.. I'll grab some clad proofs and see what they do.
    2013 Finds- 12/3

    Bottle Digging
    Blob tops: 0
    Hutches: 2
    Medicines: 23
    Local Bottles: 24
    Tokens: 2, (1) Local
    1948 S Roosie Dime
    8 Spoons
    Music box part
    Axe Head
    19th Century cutting scissors
    ~
    Metal Detecting:
    Foreign: 1
    Wheats: 28
    Silver Dimes: 1
    Token: 1
    Clad: $47.53

  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamabear View Post
    acetone is a known cancer causing agent. wear gloves, & be careful. If you look at finger nail polish remover now there is no acetone in it. but who knows what they replaced it with? O & I'm sure air is a cancer causing agent now too!?
    Acetone is not a known carcinogen. Also, many nail polish removers still contain acetone. I believe a few companies now make a remover that is acetone free.

  15. #15
    us
    Aug 2008
    Ace 350
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    Keep windows open and invest in tongs. Many people will dip any silver that is being submitted for grading to reduce the possibility of spotting. Dip away as any you find CRH are likely "impaired" proofs and are only worth about face. I've never had any luck removing finger prints as acetone will only remove prints that are very recent. It will remove haze off of them.

    Maine_Jim

 

 
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