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GOK
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Mail repair question

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My partner has 'rescued' a great mailshirt, unfortunately it's horribly rusty. Is there anything that can be done to repair it, such as sandblasting, then dumping it in an oil bath....or something? Any advice will be hugely appreciated.

Thanks in advance. :)

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Post by latheaxe »

Put it in a barrel with sand and kick it around....or put sand in a cement mixer with your mail and turn it on...Some people say the mail will catch on the paddles but i have never had a problem.... :wink:

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Post by m0rt »

If you dont have a handy cement mixer, take it outside onto some hard ground (like a driveway), dump ito on and old sheet, then rub coarse sand into it with the sheet, this should take some of the surface off. If it's mega greasy, which old maille often is, I recommend gunk which is an industrial de-greaser. brush it on according to the instructions, and let it do its work, then clean it off thoroughly! You may want to leave some grease on there to protect it against the elements.

another option is to hang it up and srubbing it with a coarse brush to get the surface rust off.

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Post by GOK »

Thanks chaps - much appreciated. I have passed the info on :)

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Post by Colin Middleton »

Once you've got the worst of the rust off it, wearing it and fightinga lot will take the smaller bits off. Just make sure that it's dry when it goes away to stop it re-rusting. Pehaps a little oil to help keep the water off too...

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Collect the silica gel packs from electrical equipment/shoes etc and keep them in the same bag as your mail to keep ambient moisture at bay to a certain extent.
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Post by stephen wootten »

cheap coke and fine sand ina bucket, hang and rotate with a drill. cleans easy.

cheap coke and come back every now and again to chek on progress..4/5 days ish.


or buy stainless steel maile and do your lancelott impressions.

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