Rusting away

Wrapped in lemon and vinegar

The results starting to show

As expected, our presses having been a little neglected by past owners had developed quite a coating of rust over the last few years. So, after a bit of trusty internet research (often from the miles of letterpress discussion on the Briar Press) and some conflicting opinions, we found a traditional method. Nice and simple; mix up four-parts white vinegar to one-part lemon juice, then dampen kitchen roll in the solution and wrap up the press. Mind you wrapping up a press is no mean feat. But once it was done, like magic the kitchen towel started picking up the colour of the rust – its pretty amazing to watch. And now to unwrap it…

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