Rusty Bits?

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  1. shymare

    shymare Senior Member

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    Is it okay to use a bit that is slightly rusty or should I put it in the 'decoration only' pile? Is there any way to de-rust a bit? What are the key words to avoid when chosing a bit to pick one that won't rust?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. Shotgun93

    Shotgun93 Senior Member+

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    A lot of people like rusty bits because they help promote salivation.
     
  3. Truce

    Truce Senior Member

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    It all depends on the bit. Some are supposed to rust (sweet iron bits) and some are not.
    What kind of bit do you have? If it's not a sweet iron bit you should definitely put it in the "decoration only" pile!
     
  4. AllAroundRdr

    AllAroundRdr Senior Member+

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    3 letters - CLR.

    I had a Les Vogt snaffle that was on a headstall which somehow got submurged in water and was throroughly rusted, now it's 100% rust free and looks brand new!
     
  5. haunani

    haunani Senior Member+

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    I'm with Truce on this one... it depends on the bit.

    If it's possibly one of the cheaper, plated bits and the plating has come off, then yes, it belongs in the decoration pile.

    If it's a sweet iron bit, it's supposed to rust.
     
  6. magic_rider

    magic_rider Senior Member

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    You can de-rust bits by soking them in vinigar, i think it is ok to use rusty ones but i have never tryed it.
     
  7. shymare

    shymare Senior Member

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    Okay, thanks guys.
     
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    crayon Senior Member

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    does this really work? I have a pretty rusty bit that I'd like to be able to use and I have it sitting in vinegar right now...

     
  9. crayon

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    Actually, I have a bit in CLR now, just soaking... Should I scrub at the rust? And how can I wash it off after so it's safe for my horse?
     
  10. Prestige

    Prestige Senior Member

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    I use CLR and them some steal wool. If the rust is just on the surface steal wool and a little elbow grease will get it out. If it's all the way through, I think it's a goner.
     

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