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  1. #31

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    This guy used Whink without gloves (overlooked the skull and cross bones I guess).

    https://www.doctorslounge.com/dermat...pic-46036.html

    This alternative method looks to work much faster and removes more quartz. It has its own risks. I think I might try this next time instead of Whink.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ULsTAV_4Fc4
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Jan 05, 2019 at 01:13 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mytimetoshine View Post
    Isn't this what Goldwasher does?.Surpised he hasn't chimed in yet

    believe it or not I've been trying to be on TNET less.

    Yes it is exactly what I do.

    You can barely tell theres gold in most of my finds when they come out of the ground

    i use heat and shock. Muriatic acid , or Whink rust remover.

    Vinegar, coca cola, and even hot sauce.

    dental picks and a long deck screw as a mini auger popper.

    allof this allows me to let the speci. do the talking based on what coes off

    the muriatic is slow controlable and easy to neutralize. whink reguires more caution.

    I've never hurt myself or " ruined a piece"

    there is also a glass etch product available I was given some by another digger.

    I haven't used it since Claydiggins turned me onto Whink

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ID:	1671080a before and after of just a basic clean up.. if you have continuity in a piece and know a lump is all the way through in even a week of acid-neutralze-pick tools repeat you can get rid of most or all of the quartz.. calcite is a little longer.

    Some host rock like slate and granodiorite just melts away in one or two soaks or gets soft enough to brush off.
    Last edited by Goldwasher; Jan 14, 2019 at 12:37 PM.

  3. #33
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    Man I sure did miss this thread..lol

    You guys are all gonna DIEEEEE...

    From reading the internet..100% effective to making the sky fall..


    I use baking soda and water to neutralize.. I soak the pieces in a solution with so much there's still powder in the bottom of the cup.

    when I use whink I also run a hose into the container (Post neutralize bath) at flow enough to exchange about a tablespoon of whater a minute.. for several hours

    theres grass growing there so...there is that..

    With muriatic I let it sit until the bubbles stop coming out of the matrix..take piece out of soda water, let the piece sit.. if it leaches out yellow after a few hours ..it goes in the soda water longer..then a dilution rinse..


    I handle the pieces quite a bit within minutes of rinse..thats when I'm using the pick a toothbrush and a spray bottle... I've had water splashed on my face from the spay...I don't wear gloves.

    I try to remeber to wear glasses for the flying mini quartz shrapnel.


    NO BURNS
    Last edited by Goldwasher; Jan 14, 2019 at 10:23 PM. Reason: me bad engk=lish

  4. #34

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    THERE IS A SAFE AND EASY WAY TO ETCH WITH HYDROFLUORIC ACID.

    I WILL EXPLAIN IN A MINUTE, BUT KNOW THAT EVEN FUMES FROM HYDROFLUORIC ACID ARE HORRIBLE.

    OK. Scary stuff aside, go to a stained glass hobby shop and buy a bottle of the hydrofluoric acid stuff they sell to etch glass. It's "buffered" in a way to render it mostly harmless. This will probably do what you want. If you are not trying to etch, but instead dissolve quartz etc, that is another matter entirely. Leave it to the pros.

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    [QUOTE=Goldwasher;6058870]Man I sure did miss this thread..lol

    You guys are all gonna DIEEEEE...
    ...

    I don't quite follow what this guy is saying, but

    if he is saying hydrofluoric acid is as safe as muriatic acid (HCL) and can be used as he indicates,

    >>>>>>>>HE BELONGS IN PRISON<<<<<<<<<<

    That would be ignorance and stupidity compounded to high criminality.

    Don't do it.

  6. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    Man I sure did miss this thread..lol

    You guys are all gonna DIEEEEE...

    From reading the internet..100% effective to making the sky fall..


    I use baking soda and water to neutralize.. I soak the pieces in a solution with so much there's still powder in the bottom of the cup.

    when I use whink I also run a hose into the container (Post neutralize bath) at flow enough to exchange about a tablespoon of whater a minute.. for several hours

    theres grass growing there so...there is that..

    With muriatic I let it sit until the bubbles stop coming out of the matrix..take piece out of soda water, let the piece sit.. if it leaches out yellow after a few hours ..it goes in the soda water longer..then a dilution rinse..


    I handle the pieces quite a bit within minutes of rinse..thats when I'm using the pick a toothbrush and a spray bottle... I've had water splashed on my face from the spay...I don't wear gloves.

    I try to remeber to wear glasses for the flying mini quartz shrapnel.


    NO BURNS
    “Wink requires more caution”
    10-4 on that. Safety glasses and gloves.
    There is no denying that it consists of 2.5% - 3% HF which causes permanent damage to your eyes and is lethal if swallowed. It will enter your system just the same as stronger HF.

    It’s easily avoided, but nothing to be calvalier about.
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Today at 12:22 AM.
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    if it flies, it dies

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    thanks for a visual of the results goldwasher! looks great. if it ever stops raining ill be out there looking for more.
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    got the fever? dont scratch the itch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beekbuster View Post
    right. and is not legal to possess without a special license, nor would i ever think of getting anywhere near that stuff. which is why i am searching for someone who has the qualifications and experience in the services i am seeking
    actually thats not true, at least in certain concentrations. I can buy it for glass etching and have used it in the past, but I too try stay far far away form that stuff.

 

 
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