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Removing Black Gunk on Pins

Flax | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi every body,

I have a little dilemma, When I use my strait pins and safety pins they all leave a little black dot where they penetrated the fabric. I am assuming that it the reaction of the metal rubbing against metal from being in their containers. But I work on wedding gowns and this is extremely unacceptable. Does anyone have any good suggestions how to remove this gunk and how to keep it from reoccurring?



  1. starzoe | | #1

    Are you using steel pins? Very important not to use cheap pins, they are made of some inferior soft metal, not sure what it is though.

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      Flax | | #3


      I have been using nickle plated steel could that be the problem?

      I looked into it and it looks like my other options would be, anodized steel,  Nickel-plated brass, Solid brass giltgot any advice?

      Flax  :o)

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    The black gunk comes from oxidation of the metal, so starzoe is correct in suggesting that you carefully check the composition of the ones you are using. 

    If you live in a humid climate, you might want to put a packet of silica gel granules (found in some dried pasta or spice packages) into airtight pin boxes to absorb moisture and reduce oxidation.

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