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Cleaning rusty rings
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Anybody got any good methods for cleaning rusty parts of tack? I got a great pair of saddlebags at a discount because the rings that you'd tie to your saddle-strings are all rusty, and the rings and buckles on cinches and breastcollars are easy to get rusty when they're in contact with lots of horse sweat... what's the best way to get that clean? Any way to *keep* them clean?

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#2
You might try Naval Jelly to remove the rust, which you can get at hardware stores. I don't think it would be too hard on the leather, but better be careful to start until you see. Then maybe finish it off with steel wool. To keep the rust off, maybe some type of varnish or something similar that would make a seal to keep the air out.... no oxygen, no rust.
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I have that problem, too, so I was very interested in your advice, hmeyer!

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What Harv said about oxygen made me think that it's actually moisture and humidity that causes rust. If you have room somewhere in your house at least in the winter time when most of us don't ride much to store your gear, I would think that would keep the humidity down and help eliminate the rust. You know, cut off outside air [Wink]. Just a thought.
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Originally posted by Red Hawk

What Harv said about oxygen made me think that it's actually moisture and humidity that causes rust.
Not true Red Hawk. Rust is iron oxide, reaction between iron and oxygen. Moisture is just a catalyst. If you can seal out the oxygen you can stop the rust.
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Originally posted by hmeyer

quote:
Originally posted by Red Hawk

What Harv said about oxygen made me think that it's actually moisture and humidity that causes rust.
Not true Red Hawk. Rust is iron oxide, reaction between iron and oxygen. Moisture is just a catalyst. If you can seal out the oxygen you can stop the rust.


Yes, that does make sense. Thanks for the explanation, Harv. So moisture just speeds up the rusting process? If I understand you correctly?
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Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
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