Cleaning a Medal and Remembering My Father

By: plapman , 1:16 PM GMT on September 21, 2012

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Today will be clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of rain. The high will be 11C(5f). It will be with winds from the WNW at 20 to 35 km/h(12-22mph) shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. There will be a 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts near 0.5 mm possible. That's hardly enough to wet the streets.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. The low will be -1C(30f). it will remain breezy with winds from the NNW at 10 to 25 km/h.6 to 15.5 mph)
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Yesterday's project was to clean one of my father's WW2 medals. Years ago I had done a stupid thing and sprayed it with urethane . The protective coating was beginning to yellow. I didn't want to use a chemical stripper on the precious artifact without advice so I went to a local paint dealer who I have known since high school. He suggested I don't use the stripper but soak it in water until the coating lifted. The impatinent person I am I still wanted to try the stripper after checking it out on the web. I tried soaking and old 1950's silver dollar in the stuff and it showed no harmful effects after 1/2 an hour so I did it. The urethane came off beautifully and left the medal intact. A quick polish with Silvio returned the medal to a like new condition. Further research on the web said WD-40 would keep it from tarnishing. I'll give it a try. The WD40 will be easy to remove and I can polish the medal again. The medal isn't for acts of valor but shows that he volunteered to give his life if necessary to keep freedom for future generations. That is a brave act in itself!
My father was wounded in Italy, near Ortona, on December 13th 1943 and spent the remainder of the war in a hospital in Scotland recovering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. He was honorably discharged in 1945 being unfit, physically, for further service.

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5. GardenGrrl
6:13 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
Glad the medal cleaned up nice. Even better is that your Dad came back from the war.
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4. Alleyoops
5:58 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
Hi Tony, glad everything worked out for you regarding the cleaning of your Dad's medal. Stayed in bed until noon today. Just did not feel the urge to get out of that warm sack and face the world. Was up at my usual 5 AM to feed the kitties but went back to bed at 6:30 after a bite to eat and a coffee so I could take my meds. Hopefully now I will feel more like joining the human race and get some stuff done around here. Have a great day dear ones.
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3. unclemush
2:49 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
Hi Tony.Glad your Dads medal came out good!All those people gave us our freedom!I got shot in the side and it came out my back.I was in the hospital for six months.Two operations to fix me.I'm still nuts,but the rest of me works OK.:)
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2. Skyepony (Mod)
1:53 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
Worthy act for a brave man!

WD40 is some amazingly versatile stuff.
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1. Ylee
1:42 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
Good morning, Tony! Glad you could get your dad's medals cleaned. I'm sure that those medals are made from quality materials, and wouldn't tarnish from contact with paint stripper.

Hope you got some ice melter handy, in case the sidewalks freeze over tonight!

Take care!
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