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 Posted 09/26/2018  05:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lionel90 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use a shot glass for dipping coins in acetone. It's easy to get the coin out. I have a pair of metal tweezers with electrical heat shrink tubing on he ends for this task. Most times I can use the tweezers to move the coin up the side and the coin lays over on the tweezers. No need to actually grab the coin. I also pour the acetone back into another jar incase I want to use it agsin for my circulated coins. My best coins get new acetone. My Roll finds get recycled acetone. Coins with PVC residue -acetone is discarded.
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 Posted 09/26/2018  07:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Petespockets55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Earl42

I like the baby food jars with lid idea.
But anything removed from one coin will remain in the acetone "solution".
So the only thing I can think to add would be to add a final rinse in new/clean acetone to make sure nothing is transferred from one soaked coin to another by reusing the acetone. Then add this small amount of "final rinse" to the soaking jar.

Good ideas all the way around. Thanks.

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 Posted 09/26/2018  10:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Lionel
{quote]I have a pair of metal tweezers with electrical heat shrink tubing on he ends for this task.[/quote]
I am glad you mentioned this - just yesterday afternoon I was wondering if heat shrink applied to the metal ones I mentioned before would react with acetone or not.

@Petespockets:
First, I see you are fairly new so

I totally agree with you that anything from one coin will remain in the acetone. I did not go into details, but I do what Lionel said he does - the best are given fresh acetone.

However, for the volume of acetone I am putting into the baby food jar, and the microscopic amount of whatever the acetone removes, I generally use the same acetone for awhile or until I dip a really bad coin. For the last 5-6 years I have had no adverse affects I have noticed when re-inspecting the 2X2s, and I have done a lot of coins.

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 Posted 09/26/2018  4:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lionel90 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't like fingerprints on my coins (especially when they are mine) so I do a quick dip for all my shiny pennies and nicer nickels that I get out of rolls. I don't bother with brown pennies and well circulated nickels. My wife says she's going to run them through the coinstar machine when I'm gone anyway so why clean them now. The next collector can clean them. But when I find something nice I give it a good soak and inspection.
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 Posted 09/26/2018  5:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A good practice if you don't mind going through a lot of acetone .
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