Introduction: How to Clean Copper From Tarnish

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In This Tutorial You can lean a easily way to clean your copper from tarnish and let it to shine!
There are a lot of products for clean the metal, but I think there are a lot ECOfriendly methods for obtain the same result!

you have two choice:
-see with you eyes the incredible reaction!
-Try on yourself with a tarnished copper!

Big thanks for Nurdrage, the best chemist on Youtube, he is a really point of reference on youtube for things like this, check his account here

Come on, let's start with this Instructables!

Step 1: Components

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You Need 3 Components:

• Table Salt (NaCl)
• Your Piece of Tarnished Copper
• Vinegar (Acetic Acid)

(remember a Napkin or a sponge for clean)

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Step 2: Saturate the Solution

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Spill the vinegar in a cup, glass or what do you prefer for your comfort

You need to saturate the solution with salt, it's really easy, add the salt and mix with a spoon for dissolve in it...repeat until the vinegard get saturate!

(saturate solution: saturation is the point at which a solution of a substance can dissolve no more of that substance and additional amounts of it will appear as a separate phase)

Step 3: Test It

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for test it you can try with a little part of your object!

I use a coin with thin layer of tarnish... Look the image! it's awesome :D

Step 4: The Secret of This Method

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You can clean all type of tarnished copper but for the best result use this little trick.

Put the salt directly on the piece and after add the saturate solution of Vinegar+Salt, Rubbing very well and look the awesome result, the mean of salt directly on the copper is for polish like the sandpaper and you don't get much energy for make it.

the Tutorial end here

Thank You so much for your attention



DorisM13 made it! (author)2016-04-15

I've tried them all and always go back to an old product I started using 20 years ago. Its made in Oklahoma and it used to be only available in the antique malls but they are online--of course. Its a liquid with no smell and its non-toxic. You put it on with soft steel wool (#0000) at the kitchen sink and it dissolves the tarnish and you rinse it away with water at the kitchen sink. I like it because there is no black mess and no white stuff down in the intricate patterns on the etched pieces. Just my opinion but try it you might feel the same.

doo da do (author)2015-03-26

Try (Texas Pete) hot sauce that works also.

TiltedHalo314 (author)2015-03-16

Where do you even buy vinegard?

vinegar is called vinegard in italion.

Oh so sorry i wrong the word! It's simple vinegar!

Ludvic (author)TiltedHalo3142015-03-17

In Italy!

ronald.ferreira.39 (author)2015-03-18

salt corrodes the coin but ya great job man. will try a small part on my father damien door to the body of christ

ronald.ferreira.39 (author)2015-03-18

coin looks discolored then the topside. will this work on plaques from graves

DrewPaulDesigns made it! (author)2015-03-18

This is fantastic and just what I needed!!! When "recharging" my DIY AA Batteries, the copper needs to be cleaned. This makes it faster, easier and without removing a layer of copper AND USING THE SAME INGREDIENTS AS THE BATTERY'S ELECTROLYTE!

DrewPaulDesigns (author)2015-03-18

dbuckley6 (author)2015-03-17

I think it is vinegar.... Plain ordinary vinegar

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