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Cleaning Buffalo Coins With Sticky Green Mess

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 Posted 10/26/2020  8:14 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Comfort Numb to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Is there a way to safely clean the green sticky slime off Buffalo nickels? I would be thankful for any help on this.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  8:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chipjones to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pictures would help. But without them I would say use acetone.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  8:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Photos would be nice but the first thing to do is soak them in acetone , the longer the better . then get a hold of some Verdi-Care and use it on them . Don't use anything else .
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 Posted 10/26/2020  8:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Comfort Numb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What kind of container do I soak it in? Glass or ceramic in a well ventilated area.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  8:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes either glass or ceramic and definitely you should have it in a well-ventilated area. Sounds like you have PVC goo on these coins? Maybe take this time to make sure that you don't have other parts of your collection moving in this same direction.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Comfort Numb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These were stored by a ladies husband in an old jar. She just sold them as is so now I am trying to clean them up a little to verify dates and such..
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 Posted 10/26/2020  9:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ah ok sounds like not PVC then, which might mean that you will be able to remove this with little damage to the surfaces.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  10:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Order of operations for me...acetone bath first, if it does not improve, then use xylene.
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 Posted 10/26/2020  10:05 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Acetone
Xylene
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 Posted 10/26/2020  10:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HGK3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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What kind of container do I soak it in? Glass or ceramic in a well ventilated area.


Acetone evaporates very quickly, so make sure your container has a tightly sealing lid, but avoid a rubber seal if possible because acetone can degrade rubber.

Xylene doesn't present that much of an evaporation issue, but my wife swears it has an awful smell, so I use it in a different part of the house.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  03:08 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use a small widemouth glass canning jar to soak coins in acetone. The lid seal is rubber and does degrade over time, but they are easily replaceable.

Good luck!
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Does Verdi-Care work on nickel? And where can you get it anymore?
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 Posted 10/27/2020  07:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scopru to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No clue where VerdiCare can be found for sale. I am very safe guarding my last bottle.
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Does Verdi-Care work on nickel?

If it's PVC that's on the Nickle , Yes it does .


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Yes , me too ! I can sell it to you but then I would own your house and all your assets .
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 Posted 10/27/2020  11:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Comfort Numb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Any thoughts on how many to do at a time as I have 2 full rolls. Some have the bright green slime all over, and some are just sticky from being in with them. I am thinking of soaking the really bad ones by themselves. Thanks everyone for your insights and expertise!
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 Posted 10/27/2020  11:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ethan Parmet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Please send photos. I am interested in exploring this "sticky green mess".
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