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Removing oxidized lead from jig before painting

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I should know this, but it has never happened to me before. A wjile ago - probably 8 months or so - I poured some jigs and I was going tompaint them like I usually do. Unfortunately, I have not had any time to work on them, because I got REALLY busy in my job. Now I have a bunch of jigs sitting around where the lead is a bit discolored because of oxidation. Should these be cleaned before I paint them? If so, how can I clean them?

 

Thanks,

Pete

 

P.S. BTW, is it my imagination, or have there been changes on this site? I have not been here in quite a while. 

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Discolored doesn't matter. If they have any powder on them, you will want to remove that. 

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3 hours ago, mark poulson said:

I don't know how to clean lead, but I do know that the site has changed in appearance.

Yes I think Curt has been busy on this site.

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Let it sit in vinegar for about and hour, rinse with water and let dry thoroughly before painting again.

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5 hours ago, psilvers said:

Thanks! I am going to try the vinegar treatment. I will keep you posted.

pete

Pete forgot to mention this but once your jigs turn grey, you will never get them to turn shiny again like they were freshly poured.

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Thanks! I will let you know how it goes. I am not worried about having them shiny, I just want to get a good paint job on them. I was concerned that with the oxidation, the powder might not leave a good coat.

 

Pete

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