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Cleaning brass on old slings

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by wvgunner, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. wvgunner

    wvgunner New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    What's a safe way to clean the blue/green tarnish buildup around the brass on leather slings without damaging the sling? It's pretty thick. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Enfield

    Enfield New Member

    Oct 13, 2007
    I have used lemon juice for cleaning Brass in the past - you need to soak it for a while, maybe try a test first but should not hurt the leather. You could even rub some oil or grease (vasaline) into the sling first to protect it.

    I have attched a photo of an old Capper/Decapper that I got and cleaned with lemon juice - as you can see it did a good job and did not hurt the wooden handle - it was very green and corroded when I got it


    Enfield in NZ

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  3. wvgunner

    wvgunner New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Thanks. I'll give that a try. The brass is riveted to the sling so I can't take it off. It's on an 1873 Springfield so it's been there a while, although I'm not sure the sling is original.
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