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  1. #1
    May 2009
    SE Iowa

    preserving metal relics, how to?

    I found all of theses by walking creeks while arrowhead hunting, not metal detecting. But this seems like the more apropriate forum. Amazing how many steel axe heads I have found compared to the few stone axes. I want to preserve them the way they are all rusty. What is the best way to do this. i know I could clean them up and paint with rust converter/primer or oil them to protect them, but I'd rather keep them looking just like the day I found them if possible. My favorite is the double bit axe, I found it while kayaking my local creek right at the water line from the kayak.
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  2. #2

    Jul 2012
    Mesa AZ
    Compass Gold Scanner Pro, White's Eagle II SL 90.5, 6000 Di Pro, V3i, M6, GMT, TDI SL, modified IDX Pro, Classic III, MXT, MXT Pro, Minelab Sovereign Elite, GT, Tesoro Tiger Shark, Sidewinder, Silver
    72 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    On my rusty relics I spray them with Deft Clear Wood Finish in Satin. They also make a Gloss & Simi-Gloss but they are to glossy for my taste. It's a clear lacquer finish that drys in 1 or 2 minutes and leaves a smooth almost waxie feel. Iron objects end up with a nice patina look without leaving orange rust all over your hands. I'm also in the antique business and have been using it for years to protect iron pieces (arrested decay). Available at almost any hardware store, Lowe's, Home Depot, Ace, etc.
    40 Years detecting
    ex White's Dealer
    Current Arsenal: White's V3i, M6 x 2, Classic III, MXT Pro, Minelab Sovereign GT, Makro Racer x 2, Teknetics Omega 8000, Tesoro Conquistador ÁMax, Outlaw, Tiger Shark

  3. #3
    Jun 2012
    South Jersey
    Whites IDX Pro
    108 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice collection ATV and nice tips Tom-thank you both for sharing.
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