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Have A Few Older Painted Coins... Should I Remove Paint?

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 Posted 09/25/2018  3:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stoneman227 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is not red paint on the first coin. Whatever environment that coin was in ( most likely the ground ) , some of the metal content of the coin has been leached out and you are left with that red pitted surface.
I have dug plenty of nickels while metal detecting that end up with that surface.
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 Posted 09/25/2018  3:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Only problem with removing a PARTIAL coating of anything, whether paint, nail polish, damages, corrosion, is the two-tone effect. Part of the coin received a natural toning while one was protected or in some cases effected worse. You can test, but for future reference, the waste of good acetone on a worthless coin is senseless! Now when it come to conservation of valuable examples, either learn the process or get it professionally done, don't suggest "experimenting" you WILL ruin that coin.
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 Posted 09/25/2018  4:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chipjones to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it is paint yes acetone will remove it. Just let it soak overnight.
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 Posted 09/25/2018  9:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Eyes4Error to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So far results...

I thought more came off, but it seems that barely anything did (infact it looks quite the same), so I am going with EV on the 39. Don't think acetone is going to do much more there. Experiment complete...

And also just included comparison of 44 nickel... it is definitely painted.

That's all folks!

AFTER CLEANING:




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