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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

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

rock splitters

by Paul Hewitt
22 09/12/2017 10:01PM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

Continuous Operating Time for a Water Gun?

by Steve Hardinger
16 09/12/2017 02:38PM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

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

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

by Christina Dimos
4 08/21/2017 03:53PM
Last Post by Tim Jokela Jr

Kertch Vivianite matrix crumbling Attachments

by Peter K. Szarka
6 08/09/2017 06:14PM
Last Post by Peter K. Szarka

Cleaning Astrophyllite with Super Iron Out

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

What happened to Super Iron Out

by Scott Rider
11 07/15/2017 02:46AM
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

Minimum locality info needed on 'lifesaver' label

by Joshua Chambers
36 05/03/2017 08:36PM
Last Post by steve novak

Cleaning Malachite & other copper hydroxides Attachments

by Joshua Chambers
20 04/19/2017 10:49PM
Last Post by Stuart Herring

Cleaning Crocoite

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

Cleaning a mucky Cassiterite specimen

by Dale Foster
12 04/03/2017 06:55PM
Last Post by Ed Clopton

Limonite removal from linarite Attachments

by Ryan Matthews
13 03/30/2017 10:39PM
Last Post by Ryan Matthews

Bariopharmacosiderite color change Attachments

by Pascal Chollet
23 03/29/2017 02:39AM
Last Post by Stuart Mills

does oxalic remains glow under UV light?

by Aqua marine
5 03/26/2017 07:32AM
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

Reattaching native mercury

by Lee Johnson
9 11/30/2016 01:23AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Wet look Minerals

by Kath Fisher
7 11/17/2016 10:14PM
Last Post by Kath Fisher

peacock ore trouble

by SJ
41 11/17/2016 05:28PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Well documented mineral

by Jeff Weissman
8 11/16/2016 06:02PM
Last Post by Jyrki Autio

Cleaning dust from Lazulite

by Bootboot
6 11/01/2016 02:14PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Cleaning what might be limestone Attachments

by Antonio Nazario
3 10/30/2016 07:37PM
Last Post by Bob Harman

Iron stained Quartz...

by Tom Rayeski
17 10/29/2016 03:41PM
Last Post by Peter Nancarrow

How to improve sheen of golden moonstone and how to reduce to be seen cleavages? Attachments

by Dr.Kyaw Khaing Win
3 10/27/2016 04:54PM
Last Post by Travis Hetsler

Cleaning Fluorite

by Danilo
78 10/25/2016 01:47AM
Last Post by Laurence M. Nuelle

How to remove iron stained garnet crystals? Attachments

by Dr.Kyaw Khaing Win
2 10/24/2016 10:26PM
Last Post by Bob Harman

cleaning garnet and epidote

by Matt Courville
5 10/24/2016 12:17PM
Last Post by Matt Courville

Cleaning azurite from Bisbee, Arizona Attachments

by Stephen C. Blyskal
3 10/19/2016 09:22PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Hard crust/deposits on Amethyst Attachments

by Sara M
6 10/09/2016 04:46PM
Last Post by D. Peck

Sphalerite and muriatic acid

by Bob Harman
6 10/01/2016 04:50PM
Last Post by Bob Harman

Hydrofluroic acid

by FCA
11 10/01/2016 04:22PM
Last Post by D. Peck

Cleaning Apatche Tears

by Theodore Hansen Theo
1 10/01/2016 03:16AM
Last Post by Theodore Hansen Theo

Cleaning Phosgenite

by Rudy Bolona
10 09/21/2016 08:45PM
Last Post by Rudy Bolona

Green opals and water Attachments

by Michal
7 09/21/2016 01:33PM
Last Post by Larry Maltby

Mineral trimming tips?

by Michael Roarke
26 09/21/2016 01:57AM
Last Post by Bob Harman

Need help to clean Mont Saint Hilaire natrolite Attachments

by Peter K. Szarka
5 09/16/2016 04:52PM
Last Post by Peter K. Szarka

How do I clean the Quartz without harming the other mineral(unknown) Attachments

by Jason Bradley
4 09/15/2016 06:37PM
Last Post by Andrew Debnam

Should I clean these? If so, how? Attachments

by Joshua Chambers
15 09/15/2016 03:11PM
Last Post by Joshua Chambers

Iron Oxide Stains on White Opal? Attachments

by Sarah4793
1 09/14/2016 03:31AM
Last Post by Sarah4793

How to dissolve Baryte

by Michel Krem
13 09/12/2016 06:23PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Cleaning native copper

by Reiner Mielke
1 09/10/2016 12:53PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Waller solution - what is the correct recipe?

by The Evje og Hornnes geomuseum, Fennefoss
6 09/01/2016 01:59PM
Last Post by Ronnie Van Dommelen

Rough Chalcopyrite

by Alex
1 08/31/2016 02:53PM
Last Post by Alex

Cutting On a Budget... a SMALL Budget... Attachments

by Jonelle DeFelice
16 08/30/2016 08:41PM
Last Post by Dana Morong

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