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    German Marbles with film

    I was wondering if anyone knew of an easy way or the way in general to clear this up? They are cloudy on the surface and I want to bring them back to life.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    Some collectors will say to leave as-is. If you put the marble under water it should give you a quick idea of what the marble/pattern is. For a more permanent solution, polishing the marble (grinding down the hazy glass on a machine) can be done.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    a coat of floor polish will clear them up and can be removed
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    Re: German Marbles with film

    I tried polish and no luck there is a layer of something preventing it. I attached a picture the one on the left is good to go but the one on the right is dull garbage. Thanks

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    I know this has been asked many times so I didn't want to start another thread. Does anyone know of anybody that polishes marbles presently (2019)?

    These marbles don't have a ton of value I just don't like the film all over them and they are only pleasant to look at in water.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    Leroy was the only guy I personally have dealt with, but there are probably a couple others around. Unfortunately Leroy passed away in the last year or so (RIP).

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    Worth adding: some people had decent results by hand using a diamond grit polishing pad. Not ideal method for keeping the marbles spherical but if you just want to take off the layer of rough glass, at least you don't need a machine. I've also seen a rock tumbler used (cringe-worthy) with decent results.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    Here is the problem I'm running into still. The first picture is of nice clear ones and the next two pictures are completely covered over. I have tried floor and marble polish but no luck. They seem to be getting worse I've totally screwed these marbles and really want to fix them.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    Are these sea glass marbles(found on a beach)? If so the only way to get rid of the haze is to have them polished or buffed. They look to be heavily tarnished due to being in salt water. Just a thought. Probably no help, but that is what it looks like to me.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    No these are German and used to be more clear until I screwed them up trying to polish them. This was years ago I’m not even sure what I put on them.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    oxsalic (spelling??) acid sounds like a possible culprit which is a rock cleaning agent. sphere making machine or fire polish can possibly polish them back up.

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    Re: German Marbles with film

    I understand they are german. I own hundreds of german marbles. Many german handmade marbles are found on beaches. I have had some luck using wet sand paper from and automotive store (2000 grit or lighter) takes some time but you still have to polish them out to get them to shine/not be hazy. Probably need polished..Just trying to help... :/
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