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Help remove wite-out

Everyone in Orchidland,

Help! I love the trick I learned from you (there were a few people
who mentioned this) about using the water-based wite-out as an
anti-flow for previously soldered joints. The trouble I’m having
with it is that I can’t get the stuff off! I’m using a citrus
pickle. It does a great job for me with fire scale etc., but no
luck in getting this wite-out off. What’s the trick? I was going
to try to sand/polish it off, but there’s too many nooks and
crannys, I hate to even think of that. (I use my tumbler with
stainless steel shot for a final polish.) I’m working in mostly
fine silver and a little sterling too if that matters any. A fast
reply would really be appreciated because I’m working on a project
now where time is pretty limited. Thank you all ever so much. I am
grateful to have Orchid/Ganoksin -and all of you! in my life.


 but no luck in getting this wite-out off.  What's the trick? 

Hi Penny,

I use the same thing, and have the same experience. I use Sparex
pickle, and it doesn’t actually remove it. I end up putting the piece
in the ultrasonic for a few minutes, then gently scrub with a
toothbrush. I suspect warm running water would work almost as well as
the ultrasonic in this instance.

All the best,


Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)

A tooth brush with a little detergent solution should do the trick.
For the stuff in the fine nooks that can’t be reached by the
bristles, a few minutes in your ultrasonic cleaner should pry it

Hi Penny; I’ll assume you don’t have access to an ultrasonic cleaner.
Why don’t you try soaking the articles with the white-out in a
little mineral spirits (paint thinner) for a while, then see if it’ll
come off with a tooth brush? I know you can remove white-out with
turps or paint thinner before it’s been heated, so perhaps it’ll help

David L. Huffman