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Posted 05/16/2016   6:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add greghoro to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
THANKS
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Posted 05/16/2016   6:52 pm  Show Profile Check rlmstamps2012's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlmstamps2012 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You are also able to go back into your post by way of the
edit button above each post, to add a thought as not to make
so many individual posts. Not to be critical, just something
I learned, not so long ago.
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Posted 05/16/2016   7:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add greghoro to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
ok thanks for clues.........thank you .. I can say only one thing., you are great ..
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Posted 05/16/2016   7:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Waazwi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Please reconsider trying to get into chemical baths and such especially since you've only gotten into the hobby a short time ago. Whether you experiment with chemicals and INEXPENSIVE stamps is one thing. It's strongly frowned up to try to "clean" a stamp of some value to make it look nicer. Looking nicer but chemically treated is not nearly as nice in having a genuine postal stamp having seen and performed it's duties and come out of it all battle scarred by looking dirty.

In fact, since you are starting off with more or less inexpensive stamps why not just collect the nicer looking stamps to begin with?

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Posted 05/16/2016   7:22 pm  Show Profile Check rlmstamps2012's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlmstamps2012 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This forum, SCF is great. I am one of the newest and most inexperienced of all. You will not find any stamp forum as respectable. Good to see your interest!
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Posted 05/20/2016   1:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Waazwi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And while we're waiting to see if our new collector indeed tried to "clean" his stamps with chemicals - does anyone have anything they'd like to share about what they tried once upon a time, and failed. Lessons learned - humorous or quite costly.

Years ago when I first started collecting I had a few inexpensive "grungy" stamps that I wanted to try cleaning. Fortunately or not, I don't recall all the details other than I was also interested in chemistry at the time so I did a lot of wild things.

Having no idea whatsoever on what I was doing, there was no internet to do a world-wide search, I tried a lot of things: vinegar, beech, oven cleaner, baking soda, boiling water, salt baths, machine oil baths, kerosene, lighter fluid and, well, you get the picture.

Naturally nothing helped but it did provide a great learning curve about. I ended up with dissolved paper fiber, bleached out colors resulting in a fragile white postage stamp piece (the cancel remained however), darkened papers, changed colors and so on. I probably should have taken notes about my experiments for my amusement today.

Anything anyone else wants to share?

Waazwi
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Posted 02/03/2017   1:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add patrasf to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Did someone here, used in order to sell, justcollecting.com?
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