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Cleaning Brass Eyelets on Field Gear


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I have several bits of gear that have brass eyelets with really bad turquoise oxidation. Was wondering if you guys had any special methods to clean this without staining the surrounding canvas? I searched but could not find any topics on it. Thank you!

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Ideally, keep it dry as much as possible. I like to use a toothpick to scrape as much of the verdigris (oxidation) off as possible. If the verdigris is thick, it may trap moisture, after scraping let it dry out before proceeding. Then use a dry toothbrush to get into the cracks or q-tip to make better contact with the flat surfaces. Many times you can completely remove the verdigris without having to use any liquid cleaners. Use a q-tip with any liquid to maintain as much control as possible and reduce the amount of liquid flowing onto the canvas or leather. Water is a good first step, rubbing alcohol works well, just be very careful with leather as alcohol can dry it out. Hope this helps.

 

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