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Cleaning Antique Metal Fighting Hands

I bought some ancient, as in really old, metal fighting gloves. When I received them they are covered with rust. I cleaned them with paper towels, then used olive oil. There must be something better to clean and preserve. I had to scrub the rust off my hands. I didn't want to wash the metal because I thought it might hurt them. I've attached a picture.

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T Lehew from Dallas, TX

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July 22, 20070 found this helpful

I have not tried this but a friend told me about this site see what you think. You have a great find. Good Luck!

http://antiquea  adrian/rust.html

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July 26, 20070 found this helpful

OK. Those are weird!

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July 26, 20070 found this helpful

from watching antiques roadshow and others like it they always say leave the antique as it is. if you must get them cleaned i would take them to a reputable antique dealer and ask them.

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July 26, 20070 found this helpful

iNTERESTING, but creepy.

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July 28, 20070 found this helpful

Call a museum and talk to the curator. I'm sure he'll refer you if he cannot answer your questions.

I think they're really a neat peice of history.

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August 2, 20070 found this helpful

Those ARE some scary looking gloves! What about using a dab of some 3 in 1 oil and rubbing it in with a soft cloth?

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

Soak them in plane white vinger. Keep them in it till all rust is gone. It might start getting black with foam on top but keep them in it till rust is gone then scrub with a plastic or nylon scrubber. They will look great. This works on old rusty cast iron pots too

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