How to Properly Clean and Preserve Metal Detector Finds - Part 2: Stages of The Cleaning and Preservation Process.
Different Stages of The Cleaning and Preservation Process
In this part of the series, we will discuss an overview of what steps to take and when to take them to ensure your metal detecting find is properly protected and preserved while minimizing physical and environmental damage. We will dive into each of these topics even further as we proceed with this series of articles.
I want to begin this series with an understanding. Know that the majority of items you are going to dig up metal detecting are not going to be in outstanding condition. Other than gold and silver coins, most metals will begin some sort of corrosion. Many, very nit picky, people out there will blow a gasket when someone mentions cleaning a metal detecting find - at all - let alone using a wire brush on it. To them, I say who cares. It is my find, not yours, and I want to look at it. I want to see it in as best shape as I can get it into and I am going to clean the F out of it. So, for those out there that will critique this article from an archaeologist's perspective, simply click the back button and go read another article.
Moving right along...a really good video on the very first step on preserving your finds by...