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Old 02-04-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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Hmmmm. That wasn't the right link. It doesn't explain much. Just google rust removal electrolysis.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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Are you sure it will damage it? Maybe email rogue and ask?

Otherwise I say go with the Dremel.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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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..
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:21 AM   #7
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Re: Resurfacing old metal weights

http://www.lowes.com/pd_77807-1069-9...stripper+wheel
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:14 PM   #8
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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!
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:31 PM   #9
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Re: Resurfacing old metal weights

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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.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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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.
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