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Old 13-09-19, 07:54 PM
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Dear cap badge aficionados

It seems a rookie question to ask but......

I am of the ilk that likes to polish a badge before displaying. I paid what for me is big money ie £26 for a Royal Marines Artillery cap badge.

Ive tried bringing it up with brasso and tooth brush but i'm getting no where with it.

Ive heard soaking in coke-a-cola works. Is this a 'housewifes tale' or is there any credence in it ?

Thanks John


Ps any other polishing suggestions welcome
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Old 13-09-19, 08:05 PM
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Don't EVER dip any badge (coin, etc) into Coca Cola - it is VERY corrosive !
(Ld knows what it does to ones guts !!)

Mild cleaning with water and soap AND full rinsing will usually do. A rubbing with a clean cloth will get back to a good condition. However, you won't really restore a badge to the exactly same condition it was made 100 years ago.

But that's what most collectors like - good condition with a bit of history.
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Old 13-09-19, 08:18 PM
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Thanks for the advice, so it was in the coke for 5 mins before you replied
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Old 13-09-19, 08:32 PM
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If it is a repro you will never clean it to any where near genuine item like wise with repro white metal no matter how much you clean them they always have a greyish tint
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Old 13-09-19, 08:36 PM
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I suspect with a tooth brush youíre being too soft if itís got a heavy patina to it. Cloth, polish and elbow grease.

Old pickle vinegar will strip off tarnish, verdigris etc. so may save you some time.
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Old 14-09-19, 12:35 AM
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Hi John
I use a suede shoe(brass wire)brush myself with mild detergent.
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Old 20-09-19, 12:50 PM
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Years ago before I knew better, I used 'Scrubs' cloudy ammonia to clean brass, fumes are not nice but cleans them up like new but you need to watch and have clean water to drop them in after. Failing that 'Clock Cleaner' obtained on line works


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Old 20-09-19, 05:05 PM
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The problem i have now is the metal has a redish hue, this RMA badge is proving hard work for me
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If gilt finish with a deep reddish hue, I've found that lemon juice cleans the gilt up beautifully.

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Old 20-09-19, 07:37 PM
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a suede shoe(brass wire)brush
This works like a charm when you are dealing with tough verdigris or laquer.
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Old 21-09-19, 06:30 AM
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ouch - scratches will be permanent!
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Old 21-09-19, 12:10 PM
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Red hue is over exposure to harsh chemicals, its the copper in the brass you are seeing. You won't be able to reverse it, as far as i know.
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Old 21-09-19, 03:34 PM
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I have the courage to continue Phil. Ironic that i did that trying to clean it lol !
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I use toothpaste and warm water front and back. Any tough verdigris normally comes off with a grinder.
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Old 21-09-19, 10:44 PM
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I have no problem 'rubbing' restrikes, but as there is a possibility this one 'real' I will followup on your toothpaste advice !
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