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Author Topic: Mineral (baby) oil vs. olive?  (Read 2524 times)

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Offline feltemp68

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Mineral (baby) oil vs. olive?
« on: May 22, 2006, 06:59:44 pm »
I am new to collecting (about a month) and I have seen a thread started similar to this one but never saw a definitive response.  The "mass produced" kit of old coins that I first bought recommended mineral (baby) oil over olive oil, it seems primarily because the author perceived that the olive oil causes the coins to darken.  I saw responses on here saying that olive oil was fine to use on coins and there was no darkening, but I never saw any response on the relative merits of mineral oil.

Has anybody actually used mineral oil and compared the results to olive or other oils?  I used mineral oil to start mine per the directions on my kit, but I am thinking about starting a comparison group in olive oil.

Offline Carolus Magnus

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Re: Mineral (baby) oil vs. olive?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 10:35:10 pm »
Olive oil is slightly acidic, so it will clean faster. Mineral oil will also soften dirt and encrustations, but over a longer time frame. As far as darkening coins, olive oil will definatly do this over a long period of time. I personally like the result. Others may not.............. Chuck T

 

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