Restoration: Old Tins and Metal
I love old tins and toys from the early 1900′s, so I thought I would share this little tip with you. A large number of antique metal objects are going to be rusty, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. If I could survive 100 years with nothing worse than light surface oxidation, I would be a happy man.
It isn’t always possible to remove rust from a tin using wire wool, because surface illustrations on old tins can be very fragile. I use a sponge and methylated spirits to remove any surface dirt and rust, and then apply a couple of coats of clear acrylic car wax. Remember to polish the inside and outside of the tins, because the interior surfaces of a tin are often exposed to the elements and prone to rusting. Leave each coat of wax to dry for a few minutes, then buff to a shine with a soft cloth.
The car wax really brings out the details in the illustrations, and helps to prevent rust by forming a barrier against the atmosphere (and the oils in human skin).