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Old 06-21-2022, 11:40 AM
Silverhorse65 Silverhorse65 is offline
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Default Buff, which do you prefer?

I've posted 6 pics here of the same no date buffalo nickel that I experimented with yesterday. I'm just not sure I like the reddish/brown rusted look that buffs always come out with here in the Iowa black dirt.

So, let it soak in naval jelly for about 90 minutes (Tom in CA's go to solution). Unfortunately, the naval jelly leaves a pinkish hue on everything I've cleaned it with.

Then, gave it a good rub down with Braso for about 3-5 minutes. That took about half of the pink hue away.

Finally, rubbed it with 0000 steel wool. I think this is the closest to original coloring I've ever achieved.

After all that, I showed it to my wife along with one that hadn't been cleaned at all and she said she preferred the uncleaned version with the reddish/brown rusty patina. Go figure.

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Old 06-21-2022, 10:26 PM
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I think it looks good, and would be very happy with that result myself. Now I just have to find one!
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Old 06-25-2022, 07:51 AM
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Iím going with the 0000 steel wool, looks nice.

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Old 06-25-2022, 10:45 AM
ManInTheWaLL ManInTheWaLL is offline
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Last 2 pic's look the best! I know Tom in CA's favorite color is pink, but.. I think the last 2 look best!
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