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Dan Thomas 02-04-2013 07:27 PM

Resurfacing old metal weights
 
I picked up some steel weight plates from CraigsList a couple days ago. $100 got me:

(2) 45s, (2) 35s, (1) lonely 25, (2) 10s, (2) 5s, (2) 2.5s, (2) 40lb dumbells, an old bolted bar that I think I might refinish, and a combo bench/squat stand thing that I plan to sell.

I love CraigsList.

Anyway, the problem is, the bar's sleeves are ribbed so the inside diameter/insert area on the weights has the matching female rib pattern, and some rust/general nastiness.

I don't want to use those weights on my Rogue bar, unless they're cleaned up/smoothed out a little.

Has anyone ever done this? I was thinking of trying a steel wire wheel attachment (like this wfs)for my power drill, but I'm undecided.

Thoughts?

Matt Thomas 02-04-2013 07:35 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
I soaked mine in Coke for a day and then used a steel brush and WD40. Worked pretty good.

Someone on here posted a way to do it with electricity. Something about rebar, copper wire, and some water. Can't remember what it's called though. Electrolysis maybe? Anybody? Nevermind I found it: http://www.gryphon-sc.com/sedona_wod...s-project.html (wfs)

Some people also suggested Navy Jelly. Not sure what that is, but a lot of people seem to think it works.

Matt Thomas 02-04-2013 07:39 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
Hmmmm. That wasn't the right link. It doesn't explain much. Just google rust removal electrolysis.

Dan Thomas 02-04-2013 07:52 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
Thank you. I've done some reading on rust removal, though I'm more concerned with the uneven/ribbed surface damaging the Rogue bar's sleeves. Not sure I can justify the "why" on that, though.

Matt Thomas 02-04-2013 07:56 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
Are you sure it will damage it? Maybe email rogue and ask?

Otherwise I say go with the Dremel.

Joey Allen 02-04-2013 08:45 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
I also say Dremel. I wouldn't think it would damage your Rogue bar. It very well may scrape off the zinc finish though..

Steve Krebs 02-05-2013 06:21 AM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
http://www.lowes.com/pd_77807-1069-9...stripper+wheel

Dan Thomas 02-05-2013 07:14 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
Thanks for the input, guys. Got it all figured out.

For the plate weights, I started with some WD-40 and 0000 steel wool. Turns out, that's all I needed. They look great, as the rust was almost all on the surface.

For the insert area I was so worried about, I just sprayed some WD-40 in there, then held the steel wool inside the hole and spun the weight until the hole was clean and relatively smooth. Probably in the 30-40 revolution area.

I did have some deeper rust on some 40# dumbbells, that I used some naval jelly on, then WD-40/steel brush combo and finally some good grey primer. They almost look new.

Thanks again!

Jon Hanover 02-06-2013 12:31 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dan Thomas (Post 1133789)
Thanks for the input, guys. Got it all figured out.

For the plate weights, I started with some WD-40 and 0000 steel wool. Turns out, that's all I needed. They look great, as the rust was almost all on the surface.

For the insert area I was so worried about, I just sprayed some WD-40 in there, then held the steel wool inside the hole and spun the weight until the hole was clean and relatively smooth. Probably in the 30-40 revolution area.

I did have some deeper rust on some 40# dumbbells, that I used some naval jelly on, then WD-40/steel brush combo and finally some good grey primer. They almost look new.

Thanks again!

Great work. Usually rusting like that is mostly surface oxidation, so I'm not surprised just a bit of work and using the right tools made it look new-ish again.

Too bad you didn't have any before/after shots. I was curious to see what it looked like and what it looks like now.

Dan Thomas 02-07-2013 07:48 PM

Re: Resurfacing old metal weights
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon Hanover (Post 1134106)
Great work. Usually rusting like that is mostly surface oxidation, so I'm not surprised just a bit of work and using the right tools made it look new-ish again.

Too bad you didn't have any before/after shots. I was curious to see what it looked like and what it looks like now.

You know... about 5 seconds after the last weight was finished, I said "DAMNIT!"


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