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Cleaning war nickels with acetone

jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,027 ✭✭✭✭✭

I would like to soak some war nickels with acetone and would like to know if some brand new lidded tins(no idea of the tin's actual metal) would be an acceptable container to use. I've never done well with acetone and have found that 20 seconds or so isn't enough time. Just would like some advice on the container's acceptability or does it require glass containers.

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  • spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,425 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Late to the show, yes glass for sure. You could even take a coffee mug you no longer use, put the coins and acetone in it, find a cover (aluminum for example) and put it outside or in the garage as you don't want to smell alot of acetone (goes into the kidneys apparently). But the suggestion by Mr. Spud above is a great solution to the problem. Be safe in using it tho and minimize exposure:

    From da web-

    "Studies on animals determined that long-term exposure to acetone damages the kidneys, liver and nerves. Birth defects and male reproductive problems were other results."

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  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 32,038 ✭✭✭✭✭

    imagine a not so clean tin. you ca contaminate your acetone before you put the coin in.

    if, as suggested, you clean it with acetone really well ,or use a new tin, then it should be ok.

    the go to is glass or a clean dish or something since those are easier to clean.

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  • Clackamas1Clackamas1 Posts: 700 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 10, 2024 11:01PM

    I have actetoned hundreds of war nickels; heck probably thousands (never really thought about it). Mostly because when you get them out of OBW rolls they are just dirty, the paper deterioties and leaves the coins just not clean. If you don't get the desired result in less than 3 seconds there is nothing you can do. I use glass for acetone. Acetone gets used once and tossed. Acetone will just remove crud there is no chemical reaction, hence why it is an acceptable method to clean a coin. DO NOT acetone an attractive toned coin; that rainbow is not actually a metal reaction, it is a light layer of something else that refracts light different depending of the dept of the deposit. Acetone will strip it off faster than you can think.

  • silviosisilviosi Posts: 444 ✭✭✭

    For home : I suggest MEK and tarnX. Be aware the containers to clean must be sterile glass. Do not took same solute for two coins and after each use, sterilixe the containers. Other considerents: Acetone and MEK are volatile and harmfull for your health. Acetone it is ffast reaction and Mek slow react on the human health. Took precautions.


  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 3,034 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hit up the local thrift store for some small glass dishes or bowls.

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  • bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like using one of those little canning jars. Pretty cheap at walmart.

  • TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,757 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer WD-40 to acetone for war nickels.

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,456 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Acetone evaporates fast. I use a small grass bowl like one of these (it's actually a little smaller) and put saran wrap cling'n seal over the top.

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