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    Restoring rusty plates

    Hey guys,

    Bought a bunch of plates and they are rusty as hell. I used a wire brush and they look 10x better but not perfect.. I'm ready to paint them I think at this stage. Not sure of any additional prep that would be needed.


    Everywhere I read online says to used Rustoleum hammered spray paint. This paint is sold out in every store in my area. Not sure if there is a shortage or what but I cant get my hands on this paint.. the price on amazon is ridiculous. ($50/can srs...)

    What other alternatives can be used to restore weights back to new looking?

    What other products have you guys used with success?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Do you have any pictures? Can soak in vinegar or oxalic acid to get rust off. You don’t necessarily need hammered paint, regular rust oleum flap black would be fine.
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    Has anyone tried the Rust Oleum farm implement paint? Supposed to resist chipping and peeling.
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    I like giving the plates a soak in citric acid (found in the canning section) and water for a day, usually takes the rust right off with minimal effort. One of those plastic kid pools can fit a decent amount of weights.

    I just refinished quite a few plates with Rust-oleum hammered black, and yes, there is a spray paint shortage right now. Took me a while to find enough locally to do my plates, just had to watch the online inventory at the local Menards/Walmarts/farm stores and grab it when it was showing in stock.
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    Originally Posted by CanuckGame View Post
    Hey guys,

    Bought a bunch of plates and they are rusty as hell. I used a wire brush and they look 10x better but not perfect.. I'm ready to paint them I think at this stage. Not sure of any additional prep that would be needed.


    Everywhere I read online says to used Rustoleum hammered spray paint. This paint is sold out in every store in my area. Not sure if there is a shortage or what but I cant get my hands on this paint.. the price on amazon is ridiculous. ($50/can srs...)

    What other alternatives can be used to restore weights back to new looking?

    What other products have you guys used with success?

    Thanks in advance.
    If you intend on painting them, then it sounds like you're ready to go. If you want a more original condition look (which I prefer) you can use 3in1 oil. I use a nylon brush to put it on, let sit for a a few hours, and then wipe off with a cloth. If you want a non-toxic version, Frog Lube is expensive but does the job. Both will prevent rust as well. I also saw a video recently of a guy using vegetable oil on his weight plates haha but I haven't tried that myself.

    If you have more rusty plates, you can get a multi pack of wire brush drill bits that come in different sizes on Amazon for about $10. They save me a ton of time, and the different shapes help get into weird spots on the lettering or raised portions of plates.
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    Originally Posted by murphyreedus View Post
    I like giving the plates a soak in citric acid (found in the canning section) and water for a day, usually takes the rust right off with minimal effort. One of those plastic kid pools can fit a decent amount of weights.
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    I deal with many rusty things when welding, especially farm implements. A cupped wire wheel on a 4.5 inch angle grinder works wonders. Wear eye protection. I've used cheap wheels and when I'm done the front of my shirt looks like a porcupine with all these little wires sticking out of it from the wheel.
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    Originally Posted by murphyreedus View Post
    I like giving the plates a soak in citric acid (found in the canning section) and water for a day, usually takes the rust right off with minimal effort. One of those plastic kid pools can fit a decent amount of weights.

    I just refinished quite a few plates with Rust-oleum hammered black, and yes, there is a spray paint shortage right now. Took me a while to find enough locally to do my plates, just had to watch the online inventory at the local Menards/Walmarts/farm stores and grab it when it was showing in stock.
    Whats the ratio of citric acid to water? I picked up some of that ball brand citric acid but there arent instructions.
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    Originally Posted by BulkMore View Post
    Whats the ratio of citric acid to water? I picked up some of that ball brand citric acid but there arent instructions.
    I use 5 tablespoons per gallon of water for my mixture . How long they soak depends on how rough they are. I’ll check them after 6-8 hours if they’re not in bad shape, the plates I’m cleaning now have been soaking for a couple of days to get 2 layers of nonstick paint off.
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    Originally Posted by BulkMore View Post
    Whats the ratio of citric acid to water? I picked up some of that ball brand citric acid but there arent instructions.
    I use 3 oz of citric acid powder (CAP) to 1 gal water. Soak for 24 hours and then dry well.
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    There seems to be a shortage of certain black paints right now, so if you are doing a hammer finish, you may have to hunt pretty hard.
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    Second the citric acid bath
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    I use 3 oz of citric acid powder (CAP) to 1 gal water. Soak for 24 hours and then dry well.
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    Originally Posted by Skidmarx View Post
    There seems to be a shortage of certain black paints right now,
    I went to a mass retailer yesterday for some spray paint (Wal Mart). The paint shelves were pretty bare. All they had was white, nothing else.
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