cleaning/restoring tin?

Molly AdamsNovember 18, 2003

Any info out there? I have some small old tin items that are a little corroded, and some that are just very dull. Thanks for any help! Mol

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lindac

Are they tin or tin plated? Tin is very soft and wears away or scratches very easily.
Could they be galvanized?
Linda C

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 10:20AM
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Molly Adams

oh boy, i don't even know! I have tiny old ice cream spoons, the kind that came with hoodsie cups before they switched to flat little wooden spoons. How do i tell tin from tin plated from galvanized? I need tin 101, i guess...thanks for your help,Linda. Mol

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 10:31AM
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lazy_gardens

Use a magnet ... plated items are zinc or tin on thin steel. The magnet will stick.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 11:27AM
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Molly Adams

so, they are zinc or tin plated-now, how to clean/refinish? Thanks! you folks are the best! Mol

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 11:38AM
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lindac

Wash gently with soap and water and dry them well. They are likely tin plated steel....and not stainless at that. They are old....they look old....isn't that the way antiques are supposed to look?
Linda C...an antique herself!

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 12:25PM
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lazy_gardens

And you might want to apply a good automotive paste wax for protection.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2003 at 8:54AM
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