Restoration of the steel award SS / NSDAP / SA

Restoration of the steel award SS / NSDAP / SA

Hi experts, in this article I will share with you my personal experience of the restoration of the Great Iron Eagle lying in the ground for more than 70 years.

So I think it’s worth starting with the fact that the eagle was strongly and deeply corroded because it lied in a very aggressive environment.

After being extracted from the ground, the eagle looked like this:

steel award SS / NSDAP / SA

steel award SS / NSDAP / SA. Photo Apolon.

You can find an article about how this eagle was found by clicking on this link .

Restoration process

To remove corrosion, it is customary to immerse the eagle in a solution of citric acid.

Proportions of the solution – 100 grams of citric acid for 1 litre of hot water .

The state of the eagle after two days in solution is in the photo:

SS/NSDAP Eagle

Two days in solution.

Read: Wound Badge

Due to unsatisfactory results, the eagle was immersed in the solution again. The state of the eagle after four days in citric acid solution is in the photo:

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Four days in solution.

The next step was the mechanical cleaning of the remnants of corrosion on the eagle by means of a brush with a metal comb.

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Mechanical cleaning of the remnants of corrosion on the eagle by means of a brush with a metal comb.

After complete cleaning of the corrosion of the eagle, it was necessary to preserve it in order to prevent the re-occurrence of corrosion on the surface.

The preservation process was carried out by wax. To do this, I melted 200 grams of wax on a fire and put an eagle in it. After drying, the eagle looked like this:

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After drying.

As you can see in the photo, during brushing, the nose of the eagle was broken. This problem was quickly solved with a special adhesive for metals.

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The eagle’s nose was glued using special adhesive.

Thus, the restoration process took about 14 days and led to the following result:

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The result of the restoration of the eagle.

After more than 70 years in the ground, this wonderful relic has taken pride of place in my collection.

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The relic has taken pride of place in my collection.

Summing up, I want to say that this method is quite effective, but not suitable for everything.

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