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Waterstaining on an early Vizner vase for Sklo Union

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You know how it is: You buy a piece of glass, no mention of damage. It arrives. Seller does not respond to queries.

You have a fine/desirable piece of glass, but with waterstaining/iridisation on your glass. Do you get philosophical and think; "Ooooh, what a opportunity to try out preparation X, (X, I said, concentrate, Corporal Jones), and if that fails, substance Y (white crystalline, mildly corrosive (Vim, what else did you think I meant)) or some marvellous spherical objects, (prefer a nice Calvados myself) to gently swirl round inside the glass, in the hope all your troubles will just disappear?

Or is it better just to go " oh happy day", and sling item in the bin?

Go on, who has a proven method to save me from despondency???




Mod: This thread has  information on chemicals to try to remove water damage, all of which is repeated elsewhere, but also has snippets of info about Sklo Union at the end.

:cry: :D :cry:

Try various cleaning tricks, if that fails, fill it with water and put a bunch of flowers in it. Fill it with coloured water, put in the bathroom. Fill it with pebbles and stick sticks in it. Fill it with hydrating jelly stuff and plant a bulb in it. Give it to the cats as a drinking bowl/eating bowl. Use it to fill various things with water - the bird bath, other pot plants. Give it to a charity shop, but point out the damage, if you can't bear to look at it any more. Read the thread about nice ebay stories and think about your nice ones.

Go and cuddle your Vizner lamp base. :D

Remember the people who matter. :D :D :D

Here's a list of solutions I have used on all sorts of staining, limescale etc. Some have worked brilliantly - but not on all marks - depends on the severity and if it has eaten into the glass.  What works on one kind of stain, doesn;'t work on another.  I have spent a fortune trying to remove staining from one particular item and would have been better off if I had spent £30 on having it professionally done...but here goes:
Coca cola
Vinegar and bicarb of soda
Cillet Bang (household product)
Viakal Lime scale remover
Harpic - toilet cleaner
Oxalic Acid - dangerous and hard to get now due to health and safety regs.

Have left all above solutions in glass for up to 48 hours.  Nothing is guaranteed until you wash it out leave to dry and see the result if any.

If you care about it that much - have a professional do it is my advice!!!
Will look forward to other solutions that may be suggested!

Hi Marcus

I so hate this - I have a beautiful Bengt Orup clear glass with round red top decanter - thing is the glass is effected same as yours, not mildew or scaling. Something more insidious (maybe the water, lime content) put in it over the years has caused an etched effect - almost acid treated look. I can see the build up/or etching in like a map.

I have about six other items like this, including a very expensive Murano Faceted sommerso vase and a piece of Flygsfors.

It so annoys me that I can't have them on show - I have been told the only solution (sic) is a light polishing  :roll:  :roll:

Adam P

Erm Marcus...water damage is permanent, it's eaten into the very fabric of the glass, so you're pretty well stuffed if your item has that.  You can only cosmetically cover it, unless you get it tumbled.

I've had a spate of damaged goods on Ebay recently.  It really ****** me off too!   :evil:  :evil:

Edit:  :idea:  I'm thinking of becoming an Ebay Buddhist.  Then I won't care about it.


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