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NEW INFANTERIE STURM ABZEICHEN,,,MARKED "mkt"

Article about: HI ALL ,,,can anyone tell me who was the maker of this badge,,MKT in raised lettering on reverse,,,many thanks,<Robert

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    Adrian, someone told me the other week that copper grease can be used to stop zinc pest in its tracks, this came from a metal polisher who works in the city,he deals with antique metals and refabricates and restores, i dont know how true this is, have you ever heard of this?

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    Quote by davejb View Post
    Adrian, someone told me the other week that copper grease can be used to stop zinc pest in its tracks, this came from a metal polisher who works in the city,he deals with antique metals and refabricates and restores, i dont know how true this is, have you ever heard of this?
    A new one on me Dave! There are so many different thoughts on getting rid of the pest and as many different recipes and concoctions so it wouldn't surprise me if copper grease was amongst them.

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    Thanks, i havent tried it on anything yet but i will try it out on some old alloy that ive got that has the white rot , never know it could work

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    Most folks use a wiping over with Vaseline to at least arrest,if not stop zinc pest. Never heard of the use of copper grease,but it may be worth a go on an award that's cheap & got nothing to lose by trying it. Stewy

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    Like my mate Stewy states, I have only used the Vaseline technique and would be leery of the others mentioned here.

    Best Regards, fischer

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    fischer, is this an example of zinc pest?Click image for larger version. 

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    Hi Simon

    Your GAB is an example of what happens when a zinc badge is not stored properly. My opinion is this one is probably ground dug. Moisture looks to be the killer here and caused the zinc to decay. Improper storage will cause zinc badges to degrade and break down.

    Zinc pest usually shows itself as a white powdery residue and eventually causes the zinc to turn to dust. It is most likely caused by impurities in the zinc and basically you cannot stop the badge from decaying...but you can slow it down.

    I use the Vaseline technique on badges that exhibit both problems listed above. I also keep my badges in a dry environment.

    Here are some examples of zinc pest and it's effect on the zinc.

    Best Regards, fischer
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    Are there any special precautions with the vaseline technique? Or is it just rubbing the vaseline in with a soft cloth?
    Any pointers welcome.
    Thanks--

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    Quote by Simon2 View Post
    Are there any special precautions with the vaseline technique? Or is it just rubbing the vaseline in with a soft cloth?
    Any pointers welcome.
    Thanks--
    Just apply a good coating & make sure it gets into all the recesses. Then wipe off the excess. Stewy

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    any problem with using soap and water, maybe with soft tooth brush to clean it up first?
    wondering if any way to get some of the crevices cleaned, or better of leaving as is and applying the vaseline

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