Restoration question


#1

I received a tinned 45-70 cartridge in a box among some others that had something that resembled varnished over the bullet and most of the case. It was not an intentional “painted-on” coat but looked like it had been spilled on it. It was old enough to be fairly removed with a piece of copper Chore-Boy pad but the removal process shined up (and scarred a little) the 500 gr. lead bullet that was coated very thickly with the stuff.

I know that the lead will never have the original patina but does anyone have a method of dulling or artificially aging the lead back to near the older appearance? I know some of you collectors have some tricks up your sleeves like carry it around in your pocket but I don’t know if that particular trick will work in this instance??


#2

I have had some what the same deal and I put the round in a wood box, made out of oak, bare wood no sealer, and in about 6 months the lead started to grow a gray fuzz, I wiped it off with a cotton cloth and to “me” it looked like the original bullet.


#3

Roger–Try going to an antique restoration shop. I know they have a whole series of chemicals available to restore patina on brass, copper, etc. parts of antique furniture. I don’t know if they would have anything that would work on lead or not. Also, I know you live near the Gettysburg Battlefield. Go talk to the curator at the museum there. They must have a need to re-patina battlefield relics made of lead after cleaning them up for display.


#4

Somewhat off topic, but if you had used lacquer thinner, just let it soak until gooey, it should wipe off. May take repeated soaking if really thick & it will leave the original color without scratching either the case or the lead. Good ventilation is a must also keep away from flames.