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Mineral Cleaning and Preparation

Discussion of best and safest ways to clean and prepare minerals. 
Subject Posts Last Post

Welcome to Mineral Cleaning and Specimen Preparation

by Rock Currier
1 07/30/2008 07:45AM
Last Post by Rock Currier

Removing mud from delicate epidotes

by Aqua marine
8 08/16/2018 03:11PM
Last Post by Aqua marine

Cleaning Brochantite/Linarite Attachments

by AAK
6 08/12/2018 02:27AM
Last Post by Chris Rose

My method of cleaning crystals- movie on YT

by Monika Kertowska
4 08/08/2018 12:23AM
Last Post by Konstantinos Charalampidis

Smithsonite etching

by Konstantinos Charalampidis
4 08/02/2018 11:12PM
Last Post by Konstantinos Charalampidis

Fluorite Cleaning Process. Attachments

by Saim Khan
10 07/29/2018 04:17PM
Last Post by Donald B Peck

Cleaning Calcite Attachments

by Jason Shopiro
8 07/28/2018 06:23AM
Last Post by Jason Shopiro

What is this specimens and how to clean

by Tee Chan
15 07/28/2018 12:50AM
Last Post by Thomas Lühr

Halite xls Attachments

by Charles Rothera
3 07/22/2018 08:51PM
Last Post by Charles Rothera

Cleaning cinnabar

by Cristian Biagioni
4 07/22/2018 02:08PM
Last Post by Thomas Lühr

Liquid to polish/permanent wet look jasper slabs and rough agates

by Ashley Wise
6 07/20/2018 03:57PM
Last Post by David Von Bargen

Best way to remove oil from the surface of fluorite

by TP Minerals
17 07/18/2018 12:28AM
Last Post by Russ Rizzo

Cleaning Prehnite from Paterson NJ Attachments

by Chris Rayburn
6 06/22/2018 04:30PM
Last Post by Ed Clopton

Sulfur specimens losing luster/degrading

by Al Thompson
6 06/05/2018 07:24AM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Which Minerals Get Damaged by Hydrochloric Acid

by Sean
14 05/28/2018 02:04PM
Last Post by Andrew Debnam

Removing Moss From Specimens?

by Jonelle DeFelice
17 05/23/2018 04:36PM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Stabilizing Pyrite in Dolomite from Lengenbach Attachments

by Robert Darabos
4 05/21/2018 05:42AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Malachite Protective Coating - Comes Off in Water?

by Holly Heisey
7 05/20/2018 06:16PM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Cleaning zeolites - Acton, CA Attachments

by Joshua Frank
4 05/13/2018 12:21AM
Last Post by Joshua Frank

Cleaning St. Clair, Pa. fern fossils

by Ed Clopton
5 05/11/2018 12:30AM
Last Post by Mark Heintzelman

Household cleaners

by Eugene
5 05/08/2018 09:00PM
Last Post by Eugene

How to clean epidote

by Aqua marine
13 05/08/2018 12:12AM
Last Post by Nauroz Nausherwani

Cleaning plumbogummite Attachments

by Hiro Inukai
17 05/07/2018 09:29PM
Last Post by Uwe Kolitsch

Recepie of Waller's solution

by Aqua marine
7 05/06/2018 12:53AM
Last Post by Keith Compton

How best to remove calcite from prehnite

by Mason C.
2 05/05/2018 10:17PM
Last Post by Paul Brandes

Feldspar becomes yellow due to HCL

by Aqua marine
5 05/05/2018 02:43AM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Suggest decent air abrasion machine for cleaning minerals

by Aqua marine
1 04/30/2018 06:23PM
Last Post by Aqua marine

Will citric acid dissolve calcium?

by Aqua marine
4 04/29/2018 04:57PM
Last Post by Thomas Lühr

Effect of bleach on polish of the minerals

by Aqua marine
9 04/29/2018 04:12PM
Last Post by Thomas Lühr

Sooty Flambeau Chalcocite

by Alex Homenuke
7 04/27/2018 01:39PM
Last Post by Harold Moritz

Vacuuum impregnation.

by victor rzonca
7 04/25/2018 06:19PM
Last Post by Kevin Hean

Cleaning calcite off of Dioptase

by Jimmy Crabb
16 04/24/2018 05:56PM
Last Post by Tim Jokela Jr

Stabilizing Opals? Attachments

by Kyle Bayliff
17 04/10/2018 07:22PM
Last Post by Annie Bartlett

Fracturing pyrite problem Attachments

by Peter K. Szarka
10 04/04/2018 08:23PM
Last Post by Peter K. Szarka

Gibbsite from China

by Peter K. Szarka
23 03/31/2018 01:42PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Using Baking Soda = Good Idea?

by Sean
7 03/28/2018 07:36PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

Cleaning hard scale off ajoite included quartz from Messina Attachments

by penney file (2)
8 03/14/2018 01:52AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Cleaning Pyrite

by Art
37 02/05/2018 11:26PM
Last Post by Stephanie Ah

Navajun Pyrite

by Al Thompson
4 02/03/2018 05:14PM
Last Post by Travis Hetsler

Cleaning this fluorite without losing calcite

by Aqua marine
8 01/31/2018 02:52AM
Last Post by Dennis McCoy

effect of acetone/ ketone on Brucite

by Aqua marine
3 01/26/2018 03:41AM
Last Post by Aqua marine

Super Iron Out greenified my minerals. What do I do?

by Josh Wong
31 01/17/2018 01:52AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Cleaning Pyromorphite Attachments

by Dario Cericola
1 01/07/2018 05:32PM
Last Post by Dario Cericola

Cleaning marcasite disks?

by Scott DeLano
10 01/04/2018 11:01PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

How to clean calcite and stubborn matrix dirt off of amethyst?

by Christina Dimos
6 12/24/2017 01:49PM
Last Post by Ed Clopton

Kertch Vivianite matrix crumbling Attachments

by Peter K. Szarka
11 12/19/2017 02:54PM
Last Post by Peter K. Szarka

To Clean or Not To Clean?

by Steve Hardinger
13 12/15/2017 04:06PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Masking with wax and other ways of masking

by Konstantinos Charalampidis
3 12/11/2017 06:10PM
Last Post by Nelse Miller

Cleaning tar from rocks

by Andy Young
12 12/10/2017 08:21PM
Last Post by Andy Young

Cleaning Brucite Attachments

by Aqua marine
4 12/09/2017 07:20PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

How do you dispose of iron out?

by Kimberly Strawbridge
6 11/23/2017 01:37AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

rock splitters

by Paul Hewitt
24 11/20/2017 08:59PM
Last Post by John Lawson

Cleaning opal rough

by Dennis McCoy
2 11/19/2017 04:21AM
Last Post by Paul Brandes

Cleaning Biotite with iron out?

by Kimberly Strawbridge
3 11/17/2017 08:34PM
Last Post by Kimberly Strawbridge

Continuous Operating Time for a Water Gun?

by Steve Hardinger
24 11/17/2017 05:24PM
Last Post by Dave Owen

Iron Out and Tap vs. Distilled/Filtered Water Question

by Scott Rider
15 11/15/2017 07:09PM
Last Post by John Oostenryk

How to clean a Tsumeb mottramite Attachments

by Paul De Bondt
3 11/07/2017 12:36PM
Last Post by Paul De Bondt

Will Iron Out Damage Zircon Crystals?

by Kimberly Strawbridge
4 11/01/2017 11:08PM
Last Post by Kimberly Strawbridge

Cleaning michigan halfbreeds

by Mason C.
9 10/27/2017 04:54AM
Last Post by Paul Brandes

how to clean hemimorphite from franklin new jersey?

by Jonathan Ertman
1 10/26/2017 10:41AM
Last Post by Jonathan Ertman

Removing ferro-manganese oxide

3 10/25/2017 11:48PM

Iminodiacetic Acid

by Reiner Mielke
9 10/24/2017 03:22PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Water Gun vs. Sand Blaster

by Kimberly Strawbridge
10 10/18/2017 06:33AM
Last Post by Michael Sommers

Looking for micro-vacuum hand-held device

by John Aleinikoff
1 10/13/2017 10:37PM
Last Post by John Aleinikoff

Cleaning Bancroft Canada Minerals

by Kimberly Strawbridge
13 10/09/2017 05:49PM
Last Post by Donald B Peck

Rotary Drill

by Scott Rider
6 10/07/2017 08:30AM
Last Post by Luca Baralis

What happened to Super Iron Out

by Scott Rider
17 10/05/2017 01:42PM
Last Post by Chris Rayburn

Best media for micro abrasion tool?

by Brian Greenstone
6 09/29/2017 05:21PM
Last Post by Donald B Peck

How to clean Baryte (Barite) Crystals from Indian Head Rock, Montana Attachments

by Kell Hymer
8 09/27/2017 12:30AM
Last Post by Don Saathoff
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Possibly an emerald..? Attachments

by Andrew Hinson
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cleaning spinel with iron out

by Jonathan Ertman
4 09/20/2017 01:17PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Best adhesive for repairing big specimens

by Frédéric Messier Leroux
2 09/14/2017 03:40AM
Last Post by Phil M. Belley

Pyromorphite from the Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine Attachments

by Dominic Robertson
5 08/27/2017 09:28AM
Last Post by Keith Compton

How to prevent chalcanthite from fading

by Ashley Wise
14 08/22/2017 01:40PM
Last Post by Alan Pribula

Cleaning Astrophyllite with Super Iron Out

by Sean
2 07/20/2017 03:39AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

How to clean Viviantite Attachments

by Brian Greenstone
3 07/14/2017 01:07AM
Last Post by Brian Greenstone

Seeking advice/comments on using a Sonicare ultrasonic toothbrush to clean specimens

by John Gleaves
2 07/12/2017 03:03AM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

Best mineral oil for making beautiful vaces with beach pebbles/cobblestone vases. Attachments

by Michael Harwell
13 06/30/2017 11:02AM
Last Post by Peter Nancarrow

extracting limonite crystals from rock

by Daniel Bennett
20 06/29/2017 11:54PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

"Synthetic acid" concrete stripper, application in mineral cleaning?

by Jyrki Autio
24 05/18/2017 01:32PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Miniature Air Compressor Suggestions?

by Steve Hardinger
6 05/12/2017 05:32PM
Last Post by Jeff Weissman

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