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October 26, 2001

Easy Cleanup

This is an easy way to remove corrosion from metal swivels and hooks.

So you finally located that missing package of brass barrel swivels: in the bottom of the bilge and turned a nice shade of "corrosion green." I have a simple yet effective solution that removes corrosion from brass, hooks, and metal lures or spoons.
Place the corroded items in a large, lidded plastic bowl with a handful of beach sand. Put the lid on and shake. After a few minutes the green corrosion, rust and dull salt scum will be gone. Rinse with fresh water; sharpen the hooks and spray with your favorite lubricant.
It's amazing how well this works, and the cleanup becomes easier than keeping track of your swivels.
Donald A. Crain
MM2, U.S. Navy