I wanted to start a thread specifically on rust stains on a patch. There is a lot of great info on this site with the removal of rust on webbing, straps, duffle bags, etc... with the use of the product "WINK."
However, moving to a less durable material such as a cotton fully embroidered patch...I want to run some experiments and hear from others that have had poor luck, mildly succeeded or have seen great success. I am guessing that the success is due to the nature of the rust stains, if they are surface as opposed to thoroughly saturated, or the color of the cotton of the FE patch.
So here is my issue.
It's a great patch. Worth more than $100, but is hurting pretty bad with rust stains. Luckily, most of the rust stains are on the seems, but it was laying next to another patch that rusted--and the bird was messed up a bit--though the staple did not go through it...so it is surface rust on the bird.
I have a bunch of test subjects to try out, with one being the perfect tester as it is all white on twill--and just worth $10--the cadet nurse.
So I know there are several tricks.
1. Lemon juice and salt. Let it lay out in the sun. (currently located in San Diego, so sun won't be an issue)
2. WINK: should this be used on a FE patch?
Any advice as I move forward tomorrow, on Sunday on my testing? I am not going to touch my 2nd corps cavalry patch until I perfect (if even able) the rust removal process.
1. Using lemon juice. Do I just dab it using a q-tip? Soak it? Sprinkle salt on it. Iodized vs table?
For my experiement I will use all forms...just hoping for a good lead before I go into it.
And maybe I shouldn't even touch the 2nd corps patch. It's just too dirty to put on my quilt for display right now.
Edited by ocsfollowme, 07 December 2013 - 08:17 AM.