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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 06:45AM
Last Post by Rock Currier

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

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

effect of acetone/ ketone on Brucite

by Aqua marine
2 01/15/2018 04:39PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Cleaning Prehnite from Paterson NJ Attachments

by Chris Rayburn
3 01/08/2018 01:39PM
Last Post by Chris Rayburn

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

Vacuuum impregnation.

by victor rzonca
1 12/31/2017 11:38PM
Last Post by victor rzonca

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

Stabilizing Opals? Attachments

by Kyle Bayliff
16 12/03/2017 03:18PM
Last Post by Dennis McCoy

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 03:54AM
Last Post by Paul Brandes

how to clean hemimorphite from franklin new jersey?

by Jonathan Ertman
1 10/26/2017 09:41AM
Last Post by Jonathan Ertman

Removing ferro-manganese oxide

3 10/25/2017 10:48PM

Iminodiacetic Acid

by Reiner Mielke
9 10/24/2017 02:22PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Water Gun vs. Sand Blaster

by Kimberly Strawbridge
10 10/18/2017 05:33AM
Last Post by Michael Sommers

Looking for micro-vacuum hand-held device

by John Aleinikoff
1 10/13/2017 09:37PM
Last Post by John Aleinikoff

Cleaning Bancroft Canada Minerals

by Kimberly Strawbridge
13 10/09/2017 04:49PM
Last Post by Donald B Peck

Rotary Drill

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

What happened to Super Iron Out

by Scott Rider
17 10/05/2017 12:42PM
Last Post by Chris Rayburn

Best media for micro abrasion tool?

by Brian Greenstone
6 09/29/2017 04:21PM
Last Post by Donald B Peck

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

by Kell Hymer
8 09/26/2017 11:30PM
Last Post by Don Saathoff
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Possibly an emerald..? Attachments

by Andrew Hinson
  This topic has been moved.

cleaning spinel with iron out

by Jonathan Ertman
4 09/20/2017 12:17PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Best adhesive for repairing big specimens

by Frédéric Messier Leroux
2 09/14/2017 02:40AM
Last Post by Phil M. Belley

Pyromorphite from the Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine Attachments

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

How to prevent chalcanthite from fading

by Ashley Wise
14 08/22/2017 12:40PM
Last Post by Alan Pribula

Cleaning Astrophyllite with Super Iron Out

by Sean
2 07/20/2017 02:39AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

How to clean Viviantite Attachments

by Brian Greenstone
3 07/14/2017 12:07AM
Last Post by Brian Greenstone

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

by John Gleaves
2 07/12/2017 02:03AM
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 10:02AM
Last Post by Peter Nancarrow

extracting limonite crystals from rock

by Daniel Bennett
20 06/29/2017 10:54PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

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

by Jyrki Autio
24 05/18/2017 12:32PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Miniature Air Compressor Suggestions?

by Steve Hardinger
6 05/12/2017 04:32PM
Last Post by Jeff Weissman

Minimum locality info needed on 'lifesaver' label

by Joshua Chambers
36 05/03/2017 07:36PM
Last Post by steve novak

Cleaning Malachite & other copper hydroxides Attachments

by Joshua Chambers
20 04/19/2017 09:49PM
Last Post by Stuart Herring

Cleaning Crocoite

by Steve Hardinger
2 04/14/2017 03:37PM
Last Post by Donald B Peck

Cleaning a mucky Cassiterite specimen

by Dale Foster
12 04/03/2017 05:55PM
Last Post by Ed Clopton

Limonite removal from linarite Attachments

by Ryan Matthews
13 03/30/2017 09:39PM
Last Post by Ryan Matthews

Bariopharmacosiderite color change Attachments

by Pascal Chollet
23 03/29/2017 01:39AM
Last Post by Stuart Mills

does oxalic remains glow under UV light?

by Aqua marine
5 03/26/2017 06:32AM
Last Post by Joel Dyer

How to coat Krohnkite to prevent dehydration.

by Ashton Dato
2 03/24/2017 11:09PM
Last Post by Rob Woodside

Pyrite vs black shale question

by Scott DeLano
4 03/24/2017 10:17AM
Last Post by Chris Rayburn

How to clean Hanksite?

by Ranger Dave
17 03/14/2017 08:55PM
Last Post by Don Saathoff

General cleaning with dish soap and water.

by Jessica Guichard (2)
6 03/12/2017 04:44PM
Last Post by Peter Nancarrow

Etching Wulfinite from calcite

by Dave Owen
8 02/26/2017 07:47PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

How to remove Oxalic Acid white film

by Mike Lamusga
7 02/25/2017 08:36AM
Last Post by Timothy Greenland

Pyrite Sun

by Dennis Tryon
8 02/24/2017 03:27PM
Last Post by Ratnasekhar chatragadda

Removing thin film on Ontario apatites

by Scott Braley
8 02/22/2017 06:03AM
Last Post by Joel Dyer

effect of oxalic acid on glue

by Aqua marine
3 02/21/2017 11:05PM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

effect of acetone on emerald

by Aqua marine
13 02/19/2017 06:48AM
Last Post by Aqua marine

How to clean titanite Attachments

by Aqua marine
6 02/12/2017 09:08PM
Last Post by Rudy Bolona

whats this white mineral left after removing quartz

by Aqua marine
9 02/12/2017 07:09PM
Last Post by Aqua marine

Oxalic acid affecting the host rock

by Peter Black
4 02/04/2017 06:56PM
Last Post by Peter Black

Cleaning glauberite

by Mark Willoughby
3 01/27/2017 05:35PM
Last Post by Mark Willoughby

Preserving tincalconite after borax

by Ed Clopton
6 01/23/2017 12:07AM
Last Post by Gregg Little

Tiny Autunite Flakes. Help!

by Cooper Jones
3 01/22/2017 03:04AM
Last Post by Matt Neuzil

Cleaning dolomite crystals Attachments

by Patrick Mifsud
2 01/15/2017 02:42AM
Last Post by Bob Harman

Cleaning fibrous minerals - reducing matting

by Scott Braley
10 01/12/2017 06:41PM
Last Post by Scott Braley

Help Cleaning Brazilian Emeralds

by Terry
40 01/11/2017 04:08PM
Last Post by D. Peck

Minerals glued onto styrofoam

by Cooper Jones
23 01/04/2017 04:45PM
Last Post by Jeff Weissman

Adhesive for strengthening/repairing mineral specimens

by Tom Goodland
11 12/29/2016 02:32PM
Last Post by Dale Foster

Chalky residue using Oxalic Acid

by Nancy Gerlach
21 12/20/2016 06:02AM
Last Post by Joel Dyer

Prepping Black Volcanic Salt Attachments

by Robert Darabos
4 12/15/2016 04:57PM
Last Post by Robert Darabos

Rehydrating mineral specimens.

by Bob Harman
3 12/13/2016 01:30AM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Cleaning petrified wood

by Joshua Chambers
15 12/08/2016 10:10AM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Removing calcite from dioptase

by Howard Heitner
35 12/02/2016 12:33PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Cleaning Chalcopyrite Crystals

by Paul Stephen Cyr
8 12/01/2016 06:59PM
Last Post by Paul Stephen Cyr

sapphire matrix Attachments

by Dr.Kyaw Khaing Win
5 11/30/2016 03:02AM
Last Post by D. Peck

Misting as a Cleaning Technique

by D. Peck
10 11/30/2016 02:28AM
Last Post by Steven Kuitems

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