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Subject: Re: Cleaning Oxidised Copper
From: "\"Uncle Al\" Schwartz" <>
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 1997 07:56:18 -0800

Harris Barnes wrote:

> I am looking for a  environmentally and user friendly way of cleaning
> copper.
> Phosphoric acid does the job, however it is not "green" enough. Acetic
> and glycolic acids don't cut the mustard.

Copper ions are exceedingly phytotoxic.  Copper isn't "green," even
though it is.
Get hold of a good jar of copper polish.  You will find that it contains
a bit of benzotriazole.  Benzotriazole plates out in a monomolecular
layer onto a clean copper surface and provides remarkable chemical
passivation as long as there is no abrasion.

Have you looked at stuff like lemon juice?  Citric acid is a good
chelating agent.  Add a generous helping of elbow grease and patience. 

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