I'm looking for some advice on preserving some musket
pieces I was lucky enough to find. I've read through
a chapter in Gentile's wreck book series on what to
do, but I am a little stuck since the piece I have
is composed of brass AND steel AND wood. So the
acid for the brass is out (I think) b/c it will damage
the other two components. A lye solution is recommended for
the steel, but I am not sure what that will do to
the brass and wood. My preference is to save the
brass first, the wood and steel are a toss-up since
both are rather deteriorated anyway. Gotta get the
growth off somehow.... for now I have 'em soaking in
fresh water, with some brass-only pieces cleaning up
in the muriatic acid solution....
Alcatel Network Sytems, Raleigh, NC Minds are like parachutes....
My opinions, not Alcatel's they only function when open.