- Nov 20, 2011
If you soak it in oil (I just use mineral oil) it will turn the “red” rust to “black” rust.Finds like that are certainly exciting.
Found this guy a couple summers ago.
We had 7" of rain overnight, caused washouts all over the place. This was laying on the edge of a field 50 yards from where the old western reserve railroad used to be. I think they built that around the 1850's.
Someone told me I should not clean it off to avoid causing damage, I stuck it in a filing cabinet and forgot about it.
Now I have noticed a few spots where the rust has expanded and exposed fresh metal.
Any advice on what I should do to preserve it from here?
Red rust is fast moving oxidation black rust is super slow - as in you probably won’t notice any further degradation.