Help needed for cannon ball preservation

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Hello everyone! I have been lucky enough to find two identical cannon balls from a colonial site that was adjacent to a revolutionary skirmish. I have used vinegar after knocking off the bigger chunks of rust. Can someone please tell me the thing to use to preserve my cannon balls? I dont want to paint them shiny black. I would like them to have an original black appearance, not layers of paint. Is there a specific product that would help?
The cannonballs are solid shot, 3 1/4 inches across, with an 11 inch complete diameter. They weigh 4lbs 12 ounces. If someone could ID them for sure. Thanks everyone!
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Hello everyone! I have been lucky enough to find two identical cannon balls from a colonial site that was adjacent to a revolutionary skirmish. I have used vinegar after knocking off the bigger chunks of rust. Can someone please tell me the thing to use to preserve my cannon balls? I dont want to paint them shiny black. I would like them to have an original black appearance, not layers of paint. Is there a specific product that would help?
The cannonballs are solid shot, 3 1/4 inches across, with an 11 inch complete diameter. They weigh 4lbs 12 ounces. If someone could ID them for sure. Thanks everyone! View attachment 2039193
Aqua Chigger (Not sure of the spelling) has a video (Youtube) on cannonballs...
 
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Yeah, I watched the vid.mI have no safe way of doing hot wax. So I guess I will try another product by Rustoleum that stops the rust. I will say my vinegar bath worked wonders!
 

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Post up in the what is it forum.
Cannonballguy hangs out there alot.
He will guide you to the correct ordinance classification.
There are other waxes as beeswax/linseed oil mixes also.
 

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I use an old crock pot to melt paraffin wax....the properly cleaned cannon ball is placed in the hot wax until all bubbles stop. After that remove and let cool/dry. Working on several now. Heres one I just finished for a friend !!
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