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  1. #1
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    Feb 2017
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    Why Olive Oil to clean?

    Is there any difference between olive oil and vegetable oil to clean up a coin?
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    Mar 2017
    Finger Lakes, NY
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    Vegetable oil isnt great in my experience, turns coins very dark. Olive oil isn't much better. For pennies I've been trying lemon juice and if you time it right it makes them bright. I forgot how long I left my first attempt in juice, maybe an hour. I've messed it up a few times since and they look aweful, but it works well if timed right. Any other clad coins lemon juice doesn't work. Aquachigger has a good youtube video on how he cleans coins and how he also ruins them.
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    Apr 2016
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    On one of the Hoover Boys videos he bought a $15 pen that was made to take the place of a toothpick.
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    Jun 2006
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    Instead of lemon juice use Citric acid. Faster and more controllable. I've been using it for years mostly in my ultrasonic cleaner. I've found since it's faster it's easier to not forget you got something cooking and smoking your find. You can order it from spice dealers or from suppliers of home brewing equipment. Not expensive and the spice dealers can give you anything from 1lb up to 50 or 100lb bags. If your copper or brass find comes out too bright & shiney try using liver of sulphur about 1/3rd the concentration recommended. OH!!!!! if you try liver of sulphur believe em when they say use it outside!!
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  5. #5

    Apr 2017
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    I personally do not see any big diffrence ;d
    Last edited by umbantmer; Apr 14, 2017 at 07:12 AM.

  6. #6
    Oct 2009
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    stop using olive oil to clean coins, its completely useless and is more likely to cause further harm than clean anything.

  7. #7
    Oct 2009
    East Dirtyville
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason in Enid View Post
    stop using olive oil to clean coins, its completely useless and is more likely to cause further harm than clean anything.
    Hey y'all !

    Listen to this guy! He's 100% correct

    This is the last word that should be said about this
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    Apr 2003
    South Carolina
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    1) olive oil cleaning takes forever
    2) olive oil darkens the coin or button severely
    3) olive oil is organic and the residue, over time, can actually develop/grow bacteria, fungus or mold.

    I clean with hot hydrogen peroxide soak and a cue tip.

    Just my two cents worth...from experience.

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    May 2011
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    Never really use it on coins, however on this pretty rare bronze merchant token it worked better than well.

    When I found this I thought it was a rusted knockout plug.
    It was crusted over with a hard cement like covering which is what happens to some targets that spend a lot of time in my red Alabama clay.
    I almost threw it away but brought it home instead and used a green scrubby on it until I saw just a few letters show through.
    Still had no idea what it was but I threw it in my tumbler and kept checking on it until I got most of the heavy crust off and that took awhile.
    Then I attacked it with a scrubby again until I got it to the point of the first two pics.
    That black residue was stubborn, no scrubbing would get it off so I decided to try olive oil.
    Soaked it in a baggie with the corner filled with that oil for many weeks, months actually, took a toothpick and picked at it every once in awhile till I got into what you see in the second pics...then I stopped.

    Still one of my most cherished finds because, one, it is big as a half dollar fairly rare, has a date and I was able to track the history back on it and even found a pic of the store that issued them.
    And two, because I worked like heck on the thing for a long time to get it presentable.
    It came a long way and the olive oil definitely helped...over time.
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    Last edited by digger27; Apr 14, 2017 at 06:05 PM.
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  10. #10
    Jun 2013
    East Tennessee
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    The answer to your question is that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has enough acidity to it to clean dirt, some of the encrustations and some verdigris from Copper coins. Although they may loosen some dirt and encrustation on Copper coins, Vegetable Oil and Mineral Oil virtually do nothing other than protect them from further decay.

    Last edited by huntsman53; Apr 14, 2017 at 07:30 PM.
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  11. #11

    Feb 2017
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    Your patience resulted in a very cool and presentable token there. Not going to debate how to clean coins. To each there own but, your method seemed to work very well just slow as he!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fistfulladirt View Post
    Enough said, Thank you ! I will not be doing it again.

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    Olive oil is much better than vegetable oil, especially if you have high cholesterol. Olive oil also has a better taste than vegetable or mineral oil.

  15. #15
    Sep 2013
    Scituate, RI
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    I've had some good luck cleaning IHC's using a combo of a warm hydrogen peroxide bath and mineral oil. The hydrogen peroxide gets off most of the crud and then dipping the coin in mineral oil helps to loosen up any crud that's left over.

    The big positive with mineral oil is that it doesn't contain fat. Olive oil contains fat, which can eventually putrefy on a coin.
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