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Subject: Desalination of canned food

Desalination of canned food

From: Anna Shepherd <akshepherd<-a>
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We are currently looking into desalinating a range of tin cans from
the early 1900's, some containing food and others empty. The surface
of the cans have been tested and found to contain chlorides. We want
to desalinate these cans, however we are hoping to hear from anyone
who has had experience in this field: what solution was used and at
what concentration; whether there was found to be any problems with
corrosion/redeposition of the iron whilst in solution; if any
problems were encountered with paint, etc. In addition, if anyone
knows of any articles that could be referred to I would be most

Anna Shepherd
Objects Conservator
Sydney, Australia

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:37
                 Distributed: Friday, December 19, 2008
                       Message Id: cdl-22-37-028
Received on Tuesday, 16 December, 2008

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