How To Clean Rusty Weights: Barbells, Dumbbells And Plates

Buying your own gym weights can be one of the best investments you can make in yourself. The convenience and privacy of being able to exercise without having to commute – or worrying about gyms being overcrowded – may be all you need to reach your fitness goals. With a large number of people now working from home, why not work-out from home too, right?

You may have thought about using the set of dumbbells, barbells, and weight plates you had bought years ago when you were slightly more disciplined, only to find that they are now covered in rust and corroding away.

Buying a whole new set of weights and equipment may not be the best use of money, so here are 3 steps you can take to clean old, rusty weights, barbells, and dumbbells:

1.  Physically scrape off large bits of rust

The first step you should take to clean your rusty weights is to get rid of any large bits of rust or paint. You can use a steel wire brush, steel wool, sandpaper, or anything else that allows you to remove excess rust or paint off of your equipment. This will help make the next few steps easier and effective.

2.  Use a Gel Rust Remover to remove the rest

After you have removed any large bits of rust, you can now use a gel rust remover to chemically neutralise the remaining rust on your weights, barbells, and dumbbells. Make sure that the surfaces of your equipment are cleaned from any traces of oil or grease prior to applying the gel rust remover to allow the solution to be most effective.

Removing rust with a gel rust remover can be as easy as swabbing or brushing the gel onto the rusted surface, then allowing it to remove the oxidation for 20 minutes until the surface returns back to bare metal. Rinsing the solution off with clean water and then painting the newly deoxidised surface within 48 hours will prevent the rusting process from starting again. The whole application of a gel rust remover can take less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

To prevent damage to the surrounding areas of your weights and bars, it is recommended to use a rust remover that is non-toxic, such as Neutrarust® Highly Effective Rust Remover Gel.

3.  Prevent your weights and bars from rusting again

The final step is to make sure that you don’t have to go through this process again. The easiest way to prevent your weights, dumbbells, and barbells from rusting again is to store them correctly.

Keeping your equipment away from humid or moist environments like your garage will stop the rusting reaction from taking place again. If you cannot find a suitable place to store your weights, it may be best to find a way to cover them or store them in a bag while you are not using them.

We hope that these 3 steps have informed you and allow you to add value to your old gym equipment!