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Cleaning Oxidized Lead Sinkers ?

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About 10 years ago I left a Mojo/Split Shot Kit in my cousins boat and the slip sinkers and Split Shots became oxidized or covered in a calcium like powder. What's the easiest way to clean up this old unpainted lead ?

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Soak them in baking soda and warm water over night and rinse and dry. If any residue is still on them soak in 50-50 white vinegar and water,  rinse  and dry.

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I use straight white vinegar over night, then rinse with clean water and dry.

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And then cover them with an oil based bass scent and it will not happen again.

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Ya'll sound like the kind of guys who would scrape the patina off Lady Liberty. Why are we doing this?

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For the time and effort compared to the cost of new lead, why not just buy new?

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Thank you for everyone's input....it's about $40 dollars worth of Mojo Weights and they are the color of chalk....if I can remove the oxidation then it's a success and a savings. Plus I'm very particular about how my tackle looks and works.

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2 hours ago, J.Vincent said:

Thank you for everyone's input....it's about $40 dollars worth of Mojo Weights and they are the color of chalk....if I can remove the oxidation then it's a success and a savings. Plus I'm very particular about how my tackle looks and works.

Man....For pennies you will be able to use those sinkers again without worrying about it.

That powder/corrosion is lead oxide, which is toxic and more easily absorbed than lead in its metal state.

Don't breathe it in when moving it around.

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You don't want to brush the oxides off the lead they become airbourne and toxic. 

The white oxides are a corrosion bye product from impurities within the lead caused by poor air circulation. 

After cleaning and rinsing wash your hands. You can spray the clean lead with WD-40 to help seal the lead and store sinkers in containers with holes to help air circulation. Air tight boxes are the problem storing lead sinkers.

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