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Article about: Hi people, Been collecting "mint" helmets for a while, but for a display setup I have in mind, I got myself a German relic I'm fairly new in the relic restauration business and bee

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    Quote by Stevade View Post
    Sorry I’ll have to go for the real strong cheap and nasty Lidl own brand ..... 5000 bags for a quid.
    They’ll strip anything they come into contact with.
    Good idea...Lidl or Aldi visit tomorrow

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    Tea party is over!

    Drowned the M42 in about 30 liter of black tea for about 6 hrs
    Came out a touch darker, but with a surprisingly smooth and soft finish.
    Pretty happy with the result.

    For the statistics... I was Earl grey, got it at the Aldi.

    Next up is the oxalic acid test on the DD relic

    /Peter

    a Before and after

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    Try leaving it in Coca Cola for 24hrs .....

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    Quote by Stevade View Post
    Try leaving it in Coca Cola for 24hrs .....
    Ill try this this weekend. Have some lids laying around

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    Hi again,

    First time for me, using oxalic acid on a German relic and it looks ok!
    Gave it about 50 min, dried it, heated it a little and finished with beewax ( tip I got from an antique guy)
    It'll be less shiny when the stuff dries in. ( couldn't wait to get it on photo, sorry ! )

    But the result is satisfying. looking forward to handle another one.

    Any thoughts?

    A before and after...

    Bottom picture shows how much of the original paint comes out afterwards.


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    Also very nice is Renaissance Wax. It's not organic but gives an mineral coating (micro-crystalline) to seal the item airtight. It's used and developed by the British Museum for restoration and conservation.

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    Iíve used renaissance wax on my helmets, rifles, edged weapons which has worked for me in the past. Iíve never tried it on relics though: Does anyone have experience with doing so?

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    Hi David,

    I've used Renaissance Wax on relics before and find that it brings out a little bit more colour.

    It certainly helps to assist in sealing the object from being exposed to the air.

    Having said that I would never apply it to a piece in anything other than relic condition.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    Thanks AndyM35, I will keep the in mind whenever I come across a relic

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    Final result!

    Took some test pics in my 20Ä Aliexpress photo studio :-)

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