hehe.. and I'm glad you do
Here's a couple more..
What do you think the long-term effects of the microscopic level semi-permanent bond will be?
I don't anticipate any negative effects based on the chemistry involved. That's why I, like the mint, chose this particular chemical.
From how I understand it, toning/patina sort of has the same effect - makes a microscopic bond with the surface metal and ends up protecting the surface. If there is already toning or patina does it clean that off or does it bond with/through that? What would be the effect of the protectant being applied to a coin that still has debris or corrosion on it?
Excellent question! You are correct, any type of patina actually acts to protect the metal surface from new corrosive elements. If the patina is natural (reacted/bonded to the surface), it should not be affected in anyway with proper use of VERDI-CARE™ due to it's gentle nature. VERDI-CARE™ is designed to ONLY remove surface debris and is not a "deep down" to the surface cleaner. It contains no soaps, no detergents and no harsh chemicals.
The active protectant in VERDI-CARE™ is designed to ONLY react with metal. Just like with VERDI-GONE™, if the active cannot get to metal, it cannot react with it. A strongly adhered organic surface residue, such as black mint specks, would prevent the active from reaching metal. If the surface debris is active corrosion, such as verdigris, the active may lightly combine with with metallic parts of it and offer some protection.This is such a good question I'm going to study the chemisty of verdigris + active some. I admit, it didn't occur to me! LOL Remember, this is a beta product still.
What does semi-permanent mean - is there a way to reverse it?
VERDI-CARE™ is a "two stage" surface protection system. The lower layer is highly reacted with the surface and tough to remove. The reaction can
be reversed under strong enough conditions, for example, an acid dip. However, I cannot see any reason someone would want to do that because the lower active surface protection layer is incredibly thin (molecules thin)and benign. The upper layer protectant and conditioner may be mostly removed with water.
Will we get to see before & after pics from your independent testers?
I sure hope so! Both are pretty well-known on the coin collector forums around the web.
I might be looking for a couple more testers as the product develops.....keep your eyes open.