[meteorite-list] Meteorite Care 101

Kevin Heider kpheider at attbi.com
Sun Apr 25 19:18:15 EDT 2004

Hello Group,

I am new to meteorite collecting and have just purchased my first meteorite.
I purchased a 5.81kg NEW CAMPO meteorite!  Since it is large specimen I will
be using it as my center (main show) piece.

I have checked on the internet about taking care of meteorites and found:
As a Newbie I have a few questions:
How often should I apply Mineral Oil? (every 6-12 months?)
Do you prefer Mineral Oil over Sheath, and Rust GuardIt, WD40?
Should I apply the mineral oil to my finger and then to the meteorite,
or would you recommend applying it to a a paper towel and then the meteorite?
Should I EVER use 95+% ethyl alcohol to clean my New Campo?
Where do I go to purchase a Plexiglass container? (Walmart, rock shop, hardware store?)
Where do I purchase desiccants? (hardware store?)
Sorry for all newbie questions, but I want to do this right.  I don't want my center
piece rusting.

Kevin Heider
Sacramento, CA

(Keywords: Meteorite, Meteor, Iron, Rust, Care, Preserve, Preserving, Protect, Oil)
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