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My son had a good day at the mine this seam is loaded.
 

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Nice gold...!!!! I use muriatic acid to clean my gold and sometimes use Whink. Muriatic really tackles the rust. A gallon at Ace Hardware is pretty cheap ($7-8) and goes a long ways. Be careful with the stuff, use it outdoors preferably with a breeze. A wiff of this stuff will knock you on your a$$.... Wise to nuetralize when done but I never do, just rinse real good with water.
Thanks' some of the locals use muriatic also I have a couple pieces soaking in it as we speak. My son's afraid I'll ruin it so I'm only allotted a couple at a time lol .
 

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Nice gold...!!!! I use muriatic acid to clean my gold and sometimes use Whink. Muriatic really tackles the rust. A gallon at Ace Hardware is pretty cheap ($7-8) and goes a long ways. Be careful with the stuff, use it outdoors preferably with a breeze. A wiff of this stuff will knock you on your a$$.... Wise to nuetralize when done but I never do, just rinse real good with water.
Does the muriatic acid turn the quartz chalky white? I’ve heard a ultra sonic cleaner makes all the difference.
 
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I've been sorting specimen pieces all these have gold on both sides will be beautiful after cleaning. If I can get permission lol.
 

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coolest part is its literally in your back yard. Ive seen some properties for sale and thought to myself, theres enough gold on that property to pay for it.
 

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Does the muriatic acid turn the quartz chalky white? I’ve heard a ultra sonic cleaner makes all the difference.
To be honest with you, I usually soak my nuggies for just a couple hrs or maybe overnight to remove rust and maybe some host dirt. If I want to lighten up some quarts I seem to gravitate towards the Whink but once again, I'm too impatient to soak with either muriatic or the hydroflouric (whink) for more than a few days so I'm not the one to really comment ? I do "think" the muriatic will not dissolve the quartz but the Hydroflouric will over time????
Here's a Montana nugg that I soaked for 5-6 days with both Hydro and muriatic seperatley and could not get what I thought was quartz host to lighten up...not one bit? Have no idea what the host rock is and don't really care but I did try and lighten it up with no success what so ever..... This is the only one I've soaked for any real length of time.....
 

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To be honest with you, I usually soak my nuggies for just a couple hrs or maybe overnight to remove rust and maybe some host dirt. If I want to lighten up some quarts I seem to gravitate towards the Whink but once again, I'm too impatient to soak with either muriatic or the hydroflouric (whink) for more than a few days so I'm not the one to really comment ? I do "think" the muriatic will not dissolve the quartz but the Hydroflouric will over time????
Here's a Montana nugg that I soaked for 5-6 days with both Hydro and muriatic seperatley and could not get what I thought was quartz host to lighten up...not one bit? Have no idea what the host rock is and don't really care but I did try and lighten it up with no success what so ever..... This is the only one I've soaked for any real length of time.....
That’s a nice one, I like it just as it is. A friend had access to medical grade ultra sonic cleaner and it does wonders with just warm dish water.
 

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That’s a nice one, I like it just as it is. A friend had access to medical grade ultra sonic cleaner and it does wonders with just warm dish water.
sorry for the semi hijack. Talk of cleaning prompted me to start a Whink soak last night of the Montana nugg above and we'll see what happens in a week.... I'll keep you guys posted. It'll be another 30-40 days before I can get back out in the brush to start next season...snow.
 
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sorry for the semi hijack. Talk of cleaning prompted me to start a Whink soak last night of the Montana nugg above and we'll see what happens in a week.... I'll keep you guys posted. It'll be another 30-40 days before I can get back out in the brush to start next season...snow.
No hijack I asked what was used to clean gold thanks for the post. I just started a Whink soak myself all night in phosphoric acid water rinse. Wow gold showing already this one is a slug - weight and a photo shoot when finished cleaning.
 

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No hijack I asked what was used to clean gold thanks for the post. I just started a Whink soak myself all night in phosphoric acid water rinse. Wow gold showing already this one is a slug - weight and a photo shoot when finished cleaning.
No hijack I asked what was used to clean gold thanks for the post. I just started a Whink soak myself all night in phosphoric acid water rinse. Wow gold showing already this one is a slug - weight and a photo shoot when finished cleaning.
I’m half tempted to buy the Hornady case ultra sonic cleaner.
 

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No hijack I asked what was used to clean gold thanks for the post. I just started a Whink soak myself all night in phosphoric acid water rinse. Wow gold showing already this one is a slug - weight and a photo shoot when finished cleaning.
Why the phosphoric acid rinse?
 

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I missed this thread. Great finds! Awesome. 👍
 
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Owen hit the nail on the head.
AMAZING!!!

You guys are living out what most of us only dream about.
Congrats & may the dump be full!!!!
The funny part of this is my son is a relic hunter and just started targeting Gold. His last couple of road trips to Nevada were successful but this one is in our backyard.
 

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Great finds...I would love to find even a single piece. LOL Great job!
 
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This bunch I soaked overnight in Whink all day in muriatic the first photo is after the Whink. All day in muriatic cleaned a lot of the red out. I rinsed in clear water three times let it dry not weighed yet. Sure, looks rich I guess we should test a little. Before we bring in the heavy equipment lol.
 

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