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Hey guys!

I'm trying to clean up a M1923 Garand ammo belt but the snaps have green corrosion, how can you clean this? Any methods? also the small choles in which the canteen attaches also have green corrosion. I was looking for an old thread but I was not able to find it. I appreciate any help!






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It's verdegris...it usually has a wax like consistency. I use a wooden toothpick(s) and gently remove it that way...it will remove the gunk without scratching the metal...after you get the majority of it off, you can wipe it with a clean cloth using firm pressure and the metal's patina should look fine....just be sure to not rub it into the cloth.....


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Scrape as much off as you can with toothpicks, or a toothbrush. Then pour baking soda on the verdigris areas, then pour white vinegar over the baking soda. It will foam up, so just let it work. Then scrub them with hot soapy water, rinse, and let them dry. Danny




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The way i do it is, dip a toothbrush into some white vinegar, touch a little baking soda onto the toothbrush then brush it then i use a tooth pick for the detailing. It works like a charm.



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The Dremel Tool has a small brush that is shaped like a bell....sort of. The brush is almost the exact size as the eyeless on your belt. I clean it with that. It doesn't scratch the eyelet. You need to be careful though to not get onto the belt as it can rough up the webbing. I've gotten pretty good at cleaning them this way. Btw it doesn't scratch the eyelet because I'm not placing a lot of pressure on it. Practice on something funky until you get the feel.








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