Coins glued to velvet fabric

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Old 02-20-13, 09:35 AM
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Coins glued to velvet fabric

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I have some old coins that were glued to velvet fabric, I don't know what kind of glue was used.
Anyway I pulled the coins off the fabric but some fabric/glue still remains.

My question is what would I use to get this glue/fabric off without damaging the coins.

I wasn't sure just where to post this. Hope this is ok.

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Glenda
 
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Old 02-20-13, 09:43 AM
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It's likely a hot glue that was used, pretty common for craft type projects. Not sure what would affect it except heat. First I'd just try hot water even boiling. You might try a little acetone or nail polish remover.

The only thing that would really affect/hurt the coins (if they are metal) is any sort of an acid...so avoid that.
 
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Old as in you're trying to preserve their condition? If so, I would chip off as much glue as I could and then try a solvent like Goo Gone or WD 40 with a rag and some elbow grease.

If not, something with a little abrasive in it would speed the process.

Edit: Vic types faster than I do. I like his hot/boiling water idea, I think I'd try that first.
 
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They are sitting in Goo-gone now for about a week.

OK......will try the boiling water.

Thanks...........Gentlemen, will let you know if any work.

Glenda
 
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Old 02-22-13, 12:38 PM
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Actually, I think the hot water may make it even more stickier.
Try denatured alcohol which removes adhesives from fabric. Don't know how it affects coins tho. Might want to test it on another coin first.
 
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Old 02-22-13, 12:48 PM
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I doubt alcohol would harm the coins....it's pretty benign on solid materials. Also just did a quick check on hot glue and acetone.....no effect over 5 min.

I'll post back with the results for alcohol....
 
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Old 02-22-13, 01:04 PM
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Well...contrary to several UTube videos....alcohol has no affect on hot glue.


Main thing is to find out what kind of glue it is. Super glue and hot glue would be easy to ID by the remains.
 
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Old 02-22-13, 01:19 PM
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Another thing to try is to freeze it, then try scrapping it off. You could also try putting a hot, dry iron to it and see if it melts the glue enough to rub it off.
 
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I think Vic and I were on the same track with the hot water as Shadeladie with the iron - if it's hot glue, it ought to be easy to turn it back into a liquid, which should then be easier to remove.
 
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