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Old 02-12-2017, 05:12 PM
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I am relatively new at cleanup and restoration of my rusty finds, especially when they are more complicated than a horseshoe!

After some debating I opted to clean up a 1700s Knee Buckle that I found last Sunday. First I soaked it in Evapo Rust for 24 hours. Then I carefully removed the rust with a metal pick, toothpick and my Dremel Tool. In between sessions I dipped the buckle in Evapo Rust and let it dry, to keep it stable.

I decided preserving with Rust Converter because I was nervous about baking the iron together with the brass, plus I already had Rust Converter an felt I had better control applying it with a toothpick, so as not to get any rust converter on the brass. The tongue turned black, as predicted, but it's not a bad look in this case and will stop the tongue from crumbling away, which is my main objective.

For comparison I have included a photo of my intact knee buckle along side a larger but incomplete example that I found a few years ago.

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Old 02-12-2017, 05:56 PM
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Congrats , nice job , HH
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Heck yea came out really nice congrats!

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Heck yea came out really nice congrats!
Thanks, Ricki7 and cellrdwellr!

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That turned out really nice.
I wonder if you could now paint the tongue a steel color, to make it look more like it once did?

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That turned out really nice.
I wonder if you could now paint the tongue a steel color, to make it look more like it once did?
Interesting idea, matmit. I might look into that now that things are stabilized.

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Nice work!
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I agree !

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The iron part looks good but you unfortunately took off the nice patina and "burnt" the brass metal of the frame with the chemicals .It has a very unnatural orange color to it
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