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nomadiclifeguide
Just aquired a nice Devonian fish from Scotland but its last owners were clearly smokers and it STINKS.

Any suggestions on how best to clean it?

Was going to wipe it down with acetone but though I would ask first.
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Brittle Star
Hi

I suppose it depends on how stable it is and if it has been coated with anything such as paraloid.
My first thoughts were spritz it with Febreeze. the same as you do furniture.
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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nomadiclifeguide
Certainly never considered fabreeze. There is no coating on it and the specimen is stable. The detail is very good but one can only examine it with a hand lense for a short time because the smell really is that bad!
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Brittle Star
I would not like to spray it unless the fossil itself was coated, maybe use an appropriate damp cloth and wipe it gently, perhaps removing the surface matrix all over would remove the smoke smell if the fossil is well embedded. Or coating the whole thing in Paraloid would seal the smell in.
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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nomadiclifeguide
Going to start with a damp cloth and move up from there. Thanks for the advice.
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CurtKnap
Maybe over time in a smoke-free atmosphere the smell would gradually dissipate on its own.
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nomadiclifeguide
Its been sat on the work bench for a few days now and is already much better so I'm hoping that you are right and that I wont have to do anything.
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taylog1
I bought a wooden object last year, stank of smoke. Left it in a bag with lots of bicarbonate of soda powder for a few months did the trick.
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