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Old 06-26-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Odd question, but does anyone know how to get white efflorescence off lead weights that have not been used in awhile? Muratic acid?
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:05 PM   #2
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5ft dropper and rub it around in the sand for a while?
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:17 PM   #3
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Somebody is gonna ask so it may as well be me....Why do you want to remove the patina of the lead??
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #4
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Stop neglecting the lead and it will clean up real nice, heck you might even catch a fish.....
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:37 PM   #5
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odd question, but does anyone know how to get white efflorescence off lead weights that have not been used in awhile? Muratic acid?
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:12 AM   #6
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You're best off cleaning them mechanically (brush or rag with wd40 as suggested) rather than chemically. If you try and etch the surface you'll either create lead waste solution which really shouldn't go down the drain, or fail to remove the oxide since neither lead chloride (muriatic acid) or lead sulfate (battery acid) are very soluble. A rag with vinegar actually works okay since acetic acid dissolves the oxide, but be sure to not wash it down the drain.

If you do any dry brushing of the lead be sure to do it in a well ventilated area and always wash your hands and work area well after handling it. Lead poisoning is a legitimate concern especially when handling corroded lead.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:14 AM   #7
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Somebody is gonna ask so it may as well be me....Why do you want to remove the patina of the lead??
I don't get why someone would want to clean their lead either. I prefer dull patina'd lead. I want my fish to concentrate on my bait not my shinny lead.
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