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Found a small nugget,1.6 grams.I thought it was a piece of lead and stuck in my bullet bag. Thought I was skunked that day, until I got home to inspect some rocks with my magnifier. The piece of lead turned into a nice nugget! Should I soak it in nitric acid to uncover the gold inside or save it as the specimen? It shows gold in a few spots, but has most inside.

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1 hour ago, Charlie Fox said:

Found a small nugget,1.6 grams.I thought it was a piece of lead and stuck in my bullet bag. Thought I was skunked that day, until I got home to inspect some rocks with my magnifier. The piece of lead turned into a nice nugget! Should I soak it in nitric acid to uncover the gold inside or save it as the specimen? It shows gold in a few spots, but has most inside.

Please post a good photo, hard to say what is best to do with it without seeing it.

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28 minutes ago, Au Seeker said:

Please post a good photo, hard to say what is best to do with it without seeing it.

 

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Maybe a little salt in vinegar to start. Shake it around and the salt will act like an abrasive and the vinegar should shine it up. Just to start off.

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Here's a picture of the Nugget on top of a possible meteorite. It's hard to see without magnification.

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2 minutes ago, nugget108 said:

Maybe a little salt in vinegar to start. Shake it around and the salt will act like an abrasive and the vinegar should shine it up. Just to start off.

Thanks for the help.

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6 minutes ago, Charlie Fox said:

 

 

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It's the strangest nug I've ever found. Must be close to a source?

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Get some "Whink Rust Stain Remover", it containts a low percentage of hydrofuloric acid, very nasty stuff in high percentages, but as long as you wear gloves you will not be at any risk using the Whink, it's made for household cleaning, rust stains in toliets, etc...BUT do follow the instructions on the bottle, you really don't want it to get on your skin, and don't breathe any vapors, and avoid it getting on any glass as it will etch the glass, so use a plastic container to soak your nugget in, also to be on the safe side do this outside.

Since it's low percentage of hydrofluoric acid it will eat away most everything but the gold but very slowly, so you can easily judge when you want to stop soaking the nugget, it can take several days to a week or more.

Whink makes other rust remover products but be sure this is what you get as the others won't do much if anything to  cleanup your nugget.

https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/whink/rust-stain-and-removers/rust-stain-remover 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Whink-Rust-Stain-Remover-16-fl-oz/15716648

Rust Stain Remover

More safety info on hydrofluoric acid.

https://ehs.princeton.edu/laboratory-research/chemical-safety/chemical-specific-protocols/hydrofluoric-acid

https://www.rustoleum.com/MSDS/ENGLISH/1291.pdf

  

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I would have thrown that in the trash, too.  Who'd have thunk.  I can't wait to see what it looks like clean.   It just doesn't have a typical nuggets shape.  

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I've got it soaking. It'll probably take a few weeks to clean it up. I'll post some pics when it's ready. I'm biting at the bit!!

 

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15 hours ago, Charlie Fox said:

It'll probably take a few weeks to clean it up

Wow !   :rolleyes:

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Do a streak test and check to see if it's magnetic...interesting find!  WTG...Cheers, Unc

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On 3/12/2019 at 7:24 PM, Au Seeker said:

Get some "Whink Rust Stain Remover", it containts a low percentage of hydrofuloric acid, very nasty stuff in high percentages, but as long as you wear gloves you will not be at any risk using the Whink, it's made for household cleaning, rust stains in toliets, etc...BUT do follow the instructions on the bottle, you really don't want it to get on your skin, and don't breathe any vapors, and avoid it getting on any glass as it will etch the glass, so use a plastic container to soak your nugget in, also to be on the safe side do this outside.

Since it's low percentage of hydrofluoric acid it will eat away most everything but the gold but very slowly, so you can easily judge when you want to stop soaking the nugget, it can take several days to a week or more.

Whink makes other rust remover products but be sure this is what you get as the others won't do much if anything to  cleanup your nugget.

https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/whink/rust-stain-and-removers/rust-stain-remover 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Whink-Rust-Stain-Remover-16-fl-oz/15716648

Rust Stain Remover

More safety info on hydrofluoric acid.

https://ehs.princeton.edu/laboratory-research/chemical-safety/chemical-specific-protocols/hydrofluoric-acid

https://www.rustoleum.com/MSDS/ENGLISH/1291.pdf

  

That Whink really does the job albeit very slowly.

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The nugget might only need some CLR and a light tooth brushing. The meteor looks interesting, like it was an oriented fall.

Chris 

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