-- The Home Page of the Finishing Industry
A website for Serious Education, promoting Aloha,
& the most FUN smiley you can have in metal finishing.
    no popups, no spam
on this site
current topics
topic 16630

Cleaning with acid without taking away the finish


I have tried all types of acidic liquids but they all have one drawback, they wipe off the penny's finish. If you clean a new penny in acid and compare it to another new penny you can clearly see the finish is gone. Is there any way to get of the dirt but keep the finish?

Nathaniel [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- West Hartford, Connecticut


I don't know what you mean by "finish", Nathaniel. If you clean the penny with a commercial cleaner like Brasso [linked by editor to product info at Amazon], I think it will retain "luster", or maybe a better way of putting it is that the luster will be restored because there is some kind of oil or wax in this commercial formulation. If you clean a penny with ketchup or salt and lemon juice, it is true that it will be left rather raw.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

This public forum has 60,000 threads. If you have a question in mind which seems off topic to this thread, you might prefer to Search the Site

ADD a Comment to THIS thread START a NEW threadView CURRENT TOPICS

Disclaimer: It's not possible to diagnose a finishing problem or the hazards of an operation via these pages. All information presented is for general reference and does not represent a professional opinion nor the policy of an author's employer. The internet is largely anonymous & unvetted; some names may be fictitious and some recommendations may be deliberately harmful.

  If you need a product/service, please check these Directories:

JobshopsCapital Equip. & Install'nChemicals & Consumables Consult'g, Train'g, SoftwareEnvironmental ComplianceTesting Svcs. & Devices

©1995-2018, Inc., Pine Beach, NJ   -   About   -  Privacy Policy
How Google uses data when you visit this site.