Antique Camelback Trunk with Alligator Tin

Old 01-02-03, 08:23 PM
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Antique Camelback Trunk with Alligator Tin

I have become owner of a Camelback trunk with Alligator Tin, and I am wanting to refinish it. The tin is rusted and I would like to clean all the rust off but I don't want to paint it or the wood that trims the trunk. What can I use to clean the tin and remove the rust color and hopefully restore it as much as possible. Thanks!
Old 01-03-03, 03:42 PM
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First, I would consult a reputable appraiser to determine the current value of the trunk as is - and whether 'cleaing it up' will remove (probably) any of the value.

Having said that, your local hardware store should have a product called 'Naval Jelly'. It's a pasty liquid that comes in either 4 or 8 ounce bottles, with n applicator built in. It's excellent for removing surface rust.

Be aware that in cleaning the rust, you're also going to remove the aged patina of the surrounding (not rusted) tin - which is certain to affect the value of the piece as an antique.

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