Removing Scratches from pins

Discussion in 'Pin Guides & FAQs' started by iamdisneydan, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. tinkerbellfan117

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    That is a great idea.
     
  2. imatronaholic

    imatronaholic Daft Punk Rocks

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    Has anyone tried using J-B Weld on pin backs? It's a steel reinforced epoxy. I have some, but don't want to mess up my 'broken' pins. I have some pins that the post (just the thin pointy part) on the back snapped off into the rubber Mickey pin back. Help!
     
  3. tiggermickey

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    I use Krazy glue pen..its pointy enough to get where the POST is wobbly or loose
    Judy
     
  4. kvlar

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    Careful with the polishing on GOLD underlayed pins. The gold could come off rather easily and then you end up with a shiney but silver pin on a gold back.
    I have also managed to get a few silver ones (such as the tink magic dust pin) looking nice and shiney, but now with a copper look to them...
    And I used a microfibre cloth (the costco kind).

    The offending substances used are Maguires scratch-x and Tech wax. Just because it works on the car doesn't mean it won't harm the pin... :-(

    That said, marks like the one Margareth had, are faily easy. I second the goof-off suggestion, but WD40 and/or Isopropanol work as well. If one doesn't the other usually works.
    Oh and be careful with screenprinted ones and alcohol. I had the travel pin with "Olbia" on the bottom, and alcohol took that right off. Nice, clean, and ... gone.

    Maybe I should just stick to turtle wax...

    On the dremel, I'd argue a nice brass brush, slow speed and silver back may work well. Some blemishes came right off, and the surface looks like new. Just don't stay on one spot.

    At the end, a short blast of simple green and a soft toothbrosh will clean off any greasy or dusty residue.

    But your mileage may vary.
     
  5. jchampl

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    Tried this with two pins. The one that was lightly scratched worked great, the grand canyon of gouges did not.
     
  6. jchampl

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    I would also recommend super glue. It's a lot less messy, I would go for the class sg, and not the gel
     
  7. locostitch

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    This needs to be BUMPED!!!
     
  8. calimero

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    great tips!
     
  9. Suzziesue

    Suzziesue Crazy for Disney Pins

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    Thanks for the info. Good to know!

    Sue
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  10. ILuvAriel922

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    Thanks for this Dan! I'm definitely going to have to try it out on one of my less-expensive pins that show a little wear.

    This almost looks similar to what happens to collectible coins when they are handled too much. The oils in your skin can saturate the metal and cause discolorations. A jewelry cloth might do the trick, but it might take a while. I just try not handle my pins too much and when I do I use a jewelry cloth to wipe them down before putting them back in their packaging.
     
  11. BugCatcherJenna

    BugCatcherJenna It doesnt have to be a snowman

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    So, I traded for this pin off a CM at wdw a few months back.... He was too cute to pass up...

    [​IMG]
    How do I fix this?! I don't have any of the tools listed in the OP.
     
  12. BugCatcherJenna

    BugCatcherJenna It doesnt have to be a snowman

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  13. tw1080

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    I like the recommendation of the jeweler's cloth! That's great....I even have one here, I just never thought of using it on a pin! I will test it on some traders I have laying around first, but I don't see that it could do any harm. I'll buy an extra cloth to keep with my pin stuff if it works. Sometimes, FYI, if you go to a local jeweler they will have these for cheap, or sometimes for free (as like an advertising giveaway) and they are not to be washed, just use them till they're worn to shreds. I have had mine for about 11 years, when the owner of a local jeweler gave it to me. I use it on my delicate jewelry all the time (my wedding band is imported sterling silver, and unfortunately it tarnishes and gets light scratches all the time very easily). Thanks! By the way, if you can't find one cheap locally, if you search "rouge jeweler cloth" on Amazon they have some for less than $7!
     
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    Before...
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    After...
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    I just cleaned it with some tooth paste and a microfiber cloth...
     
  15. Cjvandever

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    Wow, that really looks a lot better. I will have to try that on my Buckeye pin.
     
  16. CosettePontmercy

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    Great threa! Thank you!
     
  17. CosettePontmercy

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    I agree, that's how I fix a wobbly or broken pin back. And the key is to glue it and leave it to set, not play with it, i.e. keep checking if its dried or not. Do it, and leave it over night.
     
  18. PinMaster13

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    This will be something I need to try!
     
  19. disneysuze

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    this was pretty helpful thanks! :pooh:
     
  20. OogieBoogieRay

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    Thanks! This was really helpful!
     
  21. Annesosilly

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    I have a little rust on a pin - only on the back. Any ideas?
     
  22. Disneycollector4994

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    whats the best polish to use on pins?
    what about wax?
    can someone make a video on the process?
     
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  24. HeatherFeather

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    So I've seen wax mentioned a couple of times but has anyone tried it? I'm talking like hard car wax...Turtle Wax for example....the kind in a tub. It seems like it would fill in any light scratches and then buff to an even and smooth shiny surface. Unfortunately, like waxing a car, it is probably something that would need to be done periodically.

    As far as discolorations on the backs of pins, I've used Barkeeper's Friend, a soft toothbrush, and a microfiber cloth with great results. Barkeeper's Friend is a gentle non scratching powder cleaner that can be found in grocery stores. I just make a paste with a little of the powder and some water and gently rub it on the back of the pin with my finger. Then I wet the toothbrush and again GENTLY scrub until the stains go away. Dry and polish with a microfiber cloth and make sure to really dry your pin well as you don't want rust. (oh, and this method actually removes rust too!)

    I'm curious if any of you have had this happen to pins. I have some pin on pin and dangle pins circa 2005 or so that were taken off cards and placed in my pin book on the old style black, thick, velvety pages. When I went to move them, they have some weird greeninsh white looking corrosion on the backs where the pin on pin or dangle elements connect. It almost looks like when you have corrosion on your car batter but to a much lesser degree. Just wonder if anyone else has had this happen and maybe what causes it...the pins? the book? the pages? bad luck?
     
  25. minniemad0110

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    Does anyone know of a UK version of 'Goof off'
     

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