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cb303

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I have this ammonite from Portland, Dorset. (Titanites sp?)
Q: Is there a method for cleaning carbon staining without compromising its surface? Its been exposed to the elements since it was found in 1986.
Its about ~1m in diameter, tennis ball for scale.
Currently residing in the garage, until I work out how to sneak it in the house[biggrin]
monsterammonite3.jpg                     Suture detail, just about visible.

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Thanks in advance[thumb]

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Hello and welcome to the forum. That's a lovely find. I would find someone very near you that has the air tools to do it for you. It looks to be in very good condition
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That is really something! Congrats!
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cb303

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Thanks!
Would sand blasting be too harsh? (Speculation, I know nothing about it)
Unfortunately, I don’t have access to air tools- but can rent a steam cleaner if that would work?


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no don't do that, this ammonite deserves professional prep and is worth the money it will cost to do it right.

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cb303

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Don’t worry, I’d never do anything like that![biggrin]
Believe me, I'd prefer to leave it as is rather than risk losing detail and spoiling it.
I am quite keen to do this properly

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Maybe a treatment with bleach could work. I usually use it with shells, to clean them up.
Try a little patch on the rear side.
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Very nice fossil!
If you’re based in Dorset there’s plenty of very competent preppers in Charmouth / Lyme area. It would be money well spent. Soaking in 5% bleach will clean any algae off. Having said that it looks great as is, stains and all - has an “honesty” in the presentation. How are the centre whorls under the tennis ball?
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