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Ethanol and acetone are the most effective but are toxic and have lower flash points.

2) Sealants for Iron Conservation & Preservation Once the iron artifact has been taken out of the acetone bath, and acetone has evaporated, contact with air should be minimized before the artifact's surface is given the final sealant or insulating coating.

Application of any rust inhibitor must be carried out in a well ventilated area (or better - outdoors!This protective layer insulates the iron from the effects of moisture, chemically active vapors, and gases (oxygen especially).In general, the sealant selected should be: 1) impermeable to water vapors and gases 2) natural-looking, so that it does not detract from the appearance of the artifact 3) reversible, so it could be replenished or replaced 4) transparent or semitransparent, so any corrosion of the metal surface can be quickly detected Depending on what you have planned to do with your iron artifact, you can treat it with any of the following proven-to-be-effective sealants for iron conservation: For QUICK PROTECTION against oxygen and moisture, cover the artifact with a generous coating of WD-40, or light oil, which can be easily removed by solvents if necessary.In this case, the moisture absorbed by the artifact easily evaporates.There are a few ways of dehydrating iron artifacts: solvent dehydration, heat drying, or vacuum desiccation.

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