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 Post subject: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:10 pm 
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Hi my bite quarter is beginning to look a little dingy and although no one notices when I do the switch it still bugs me when I practice with it. Does anyone no anything good for shining dingy coins. If not I'll just go get some tarnish stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:17 pm 
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Two words:

Warm Coke.

Seriously. This is how I keep my coins looking good. Just microwave a cup of coke for 3 minutes and leave your coins in them overnight. When you take them out they'll be as shiny as the day you got them if not shinier. Another good mix is vinegar and baking soda, but I find the coke works best.

As a side note I've used coke to clean battery acid off a battery terminal in my car, so I know this stuff works.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:13 pm 
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Any "tomato" product works....Many yrs ago I used to use Taco Bell hot sauce. Now I don't sweat it, I like my coins with a little "patina". I haven't cleaned a coin in about 3 years now.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:27 am 
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I use Easy Off BAM cleaner (In the purple bottle). Put some in a glass bowl drop your coins in for about 5 seconds, take them out and rinse in water. It works great!

I used to use Never-Dul wading polish but it left residue in the milled edges of the coins, leaving them dark colored.

Tabasco sauce will polish metal too. When I was in the Marines we used to use it to polish all of our brass items.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:57 am 
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The secret behind tabasco, hot sauce, and other tomato based products is the vinegar. It's acidic so it cleans. That's why the coke works too because of the acid in it. Think about the fact that you drink that stuff, but anyways anything acidic will work.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:29 am 
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Best stuff for all metals...

"Blue Magic" metal polish.

Found in most auto stores.

Getting back into magic after a haitus of several years, much of my coins, okito box, etc., were in pretty bad shape.
I remembered that back-in-the-day I used Blue Magic, so, after trying several other polishers, I found some at my local auto store.
Brought everything back to like-new.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:23 am 
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Jeweler's cloth

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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:25 am 
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Great tips, Thank You for bringing this thread back up. It reminded me that I have an Akito that could use a brightening.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:27 am 
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it was recommended in bobos modern coin magic

to not shine any gaff coins, too keep them looking dirty and ordinary as possible :)


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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:11 am 
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If you don't shine them at all I think they get too dirty and begin to look like they aren't handled often. If you are pulling off switches, it would be inconsistent to have an un-shined coin suddenly be shined. I think you just don't want them to be completely shined. Just enough to make it look like it is handled regularly. Just an opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I shine up my bite out quarter
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:25 am 
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I enjoy mine as shiny and brilliant as I can get them. They look attractive and provide the best contrast that way. If you want them to retain their shine and reduce "talking" (noise during sleights) brush on a couple of coats of clear nail polish. If it's decided that the polish isn't desirable it removes well with nail polish remover/acetone.


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