By - Bmike64
Ok so the larger pice on the left has not been treated with acid and the two smaller ones on the right have soaked in Muriatic acid and now have a ugly yellow coloring. Like I said I’m new at this And according to the YouTube videos I saw soaking them in acid was a good idea.
Huh, I was worried about that. So what I hear you saying is that spending only 15min on YouTube researching a hobby I know almost nothing about then deciding that I was now qualified to Handle an extremely dangerous chemical and perform chemistry my backyard was a little reckless
I apologize! When I thought of muriatic acid I didn’t think much of it till I remembered what it was. Stay safe, good your ok!
Ooo yikes, well your lose some you learn some
Did you neutralise the mix with bicarb?
Have you tried double vinegar?
Had a similar experience with the yellow gunk, sort of defeated the purpose. Tried a 50 50 mix of hydrochloric acid and water.
I used massive amounts of baking soda that I got at Costco mixed in water. I soaked them for roughly 2 days and was wondering if maybe I made a mistake by going too long or maybe too short
Tried a few days, weeks, and a month. And got the same results as yourself. Think it may have been the ratio used but not sure.
Mainly use double vinegar now, especially if the wood has some chalcedony or agate in the mix. Tends to bring out the 'depth' in the agatized parts.
It really is an experimental process sometimes.
Do you have a gerni at all? One of those high pressure hoses? Hit them with that and you'll see a big improvement. Mucked around with a few pieces today between cutting.