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Jason G. Smith




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: caring for maille         Reply with quote

I recently bought a maille aventail which came covered in a gooey grease product to protect it. It was impossible to even handle without gumming up everything it touched, so I degreased it. It promptly proceeded to rust.

I`ve heard of tumbling it in a container with some sand to clean it up. Has anyone had any success with this technique? Any other suggestions? I will, of course, oil it lightly after I'm done to prevent a recurrence of said rusting process...

Thank you in advance,

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Jeffrey Hedgecock
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Don't use sand. It leaves a "sandblasted" type finish.

Tumble with wood shavings, as would be used in a stable or hamster cage. The mail will burnish against itself and the shavings carry away the dirt. Change the shavings when they get dirty.

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Jason G. Smith




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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jan, 2008 5:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cool...

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M. Eversberg II




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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jan, 2008 4:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Also, spray some sort of rust retarder on it.

I think they used to use pig fat, but WD40 might be a better choice.

M.

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