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Before and after of a Waco Thieves bottle and a blob top from Belton Texas, home of the famous Rooster hutch.
 

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I am very interested in "tumbling" bottles to clean and polish them. My question is what does this do to the value, and can you tell when a bottle has been tumbled? I know in coin collecting if anyone cleans or attempts to polish a coin the value diminishes to almost zero. Are bottles different? Thanks KK
 

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Some think it decreases value & don't like them & some think it increases value & like them. All just a matter of opinion. In my opinion I think more People prefer a cleaner nicer Bottle (even if tumbled) over a beat up ugly looking sick Bottle. LEON.
 

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Thanks Leon

So, Jar Doctor is the preferred source for the equipment and supplies to tumble bottles?

KK
 

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In all my previous tumbling posts those bottles never had an acid bath. I’ve started doing that now. A before and after of a New Braunfels hutch as well as some blobs I previously tumbled but just now gave the acid bath.
 

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Most people do 50% muriatic acid 50% water. In the container I use I just eyeball it so I’m probably 20-30% acid to 70% water. I’ve noticed a little bit goes a long way.
 

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Here is a hard to find one from McGregor Texas. Before and after.
 

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I cleaned this bottle for a friend who requested that I remove the worse of the stain and to not polish it. This Belton Rooster hutch is probably one of the most desirable Texas hutches and I doubt I’ll ever get to hold one again let alone tumble it.
 

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