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Refinish, Refinished

Refinish, Refinished.  Replacing an unwanted finish with a new finish on a medallic item. A tarnished medal may be refinished by stripping away any lacquer and progressing through the finishing process again. This often includes oxidation (sulphatization), relieving and highlighting, or replacing a patina finish. A knowledge of tarnish is necessary for the refinisher to treat any piece with usual blotches. Also a knowledge of chasing is necessary, as in most instances refinishing an existing medal may have a few dents or nicks. A medal without any major abrasions can be treated to its original finish, but a medal with severe imperfections may look worse because these imperfections may be emphasized.  See repairs and restoration, finish and finishing.

excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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