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Honestly I don't think you'll need to do electrolysis, there isn't much build up on it. The wire wheels will remove whatever is on the surface pretty aggressively. I highly recommend a full face shield. It's a very nice Hales, good score.Hi,
As many of us I would like to document my Hales Grenade restoration as well. Since I have to work a lot nowadays I don't have enough time to take care of my grenade so I keep postponing it. But I'm still reading about different methods, trying to figure out what to do. Among all of the many tips and videos I saw I would like to use what I saw at newmagrathea 's thread. I really enjoyed his videos and I love the results of his work so I will try to achieve the same results on my grenade as well.
Right now I'm in the tools and ingredients collecting phase. I have a small Dremel-like rotary tool at home but I'm not satisfied with it so I ordered the more industrial type flex shaft tool that Dustin recommended oh his blog. Now I need to wait for it to be delivered, which I think going to take around a month. Meanwhile I'm looking for metal brushes and wire wheels.
The other process I would like to make happen on the grenade is the electrolysis, so I gotta buy and prepare the tools for that as well.
This is where I'm starting from:
View attachment 1054860 This is the state how I got my grenade delivered.
View attachment 1054858 Thankfully I could take it apart without much hustle, I used some WD40 and thats all.
I tried to clean it a little, it didn't seem very rusty so I tried to de-rust it with vinegar first, but it didn't seem to work. So I used my rotary tool on it, but the tool itself is not strong enough for proper work so I stopped.
This is where I am right now:
View attachment 1054861
This is after I washed it clean with Acetone then well sprayed with WD40, hopefully it keeps it safe from rusting until my tools arrive. I already got my super blue and wax for later treatment.
I'm not a native English speaker so I'm sorry for my grammar mistakes. Also I'm not an expert in any of these processes so please tell me if I'm doing something really stupid Hopefully I can continue the work soon, then I'll be back with the updates.
I agree with Ridire Firean vinegar and picking will be enough to get those crevices clean. Overall I think you have a pretty clean frag body and neck. I'm interested to see how the wax finish turns out.I was thinking those black marks(?) are left from a previous bluing and there might be rust under it I really loved how clean the Hales 3 became and you used electrolysis on it so I felt like I should give it a go But then I will wire wheel it first and see how far I can go to achieve Hales 3 shininess Thanks!
For shielding I'm planning to use the micro-crystalline wax recommended by the British Museum
Write an email to them and ask I'm almost sure if they know they will tell you how is it preserved.I'd love to know what they used, wax or otherwise, on the Flat Sided Hale's Grenade at The Imperial War Museum, the patina on it is so pretty...
... it almost looks like burl wood! It has all sorts of wonderful little smokey smutch thinly layered on the metal.
Hey onderon ! I did just that! Unfortunately they brushed off the inquiry.Write an email to them and ask I'm almost sure if they know they will tell you how is it preserved.
Thanks for sharing those secrets!Nice work. When electrolysis has not worked well for me it usually comes down to not enough current is going from the object through the water to the sacrificial metal. The things that I've done to fix this have been to make a hanger that makes more contact with the surface of the object, and add a lot more washing soda to the water (enough to make the water cloudy).