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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
David
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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.
Regards Neil
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Don't EVER dip any badge (coin, etc) into Coca Cola
I agree , it give the Coke a nasty metallic taste when you drink it !
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You use a grinder on your teeth?
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You use a grinder on your teeth?
He takes them out first
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I agree , it give the Coke a nasty metallic taste when you drink it !
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