Removing rust on horseshoes

I have bought a property that used to be a farriers property many years ago and all over the section are old rusty horseshoes. Any ideas on how to tidy them up?
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  • Ali Ali on Jul 28, 2016
    Put them in straight, cheap white vinegar. It will take from 1 hour to several days, and you will be amazed. Once cleaned, they will be very susceptible to new rust, so be prepared to treat right away with oil, WD40, or some other rust preventative coating. It's very messy. I keep a bucket with a several quarts of vinegar in it and a tight fitting lid. This absolutely works.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 28, 2016
    Put them in critic powered acid, once cleaned put a clear sealer on them.
  • Wonderiris Wonderiris on Jul 28, 2016
    Any acid will do it. Lemon juice also works well.
  • Are627407 Are627407 on Jul 28, 2016
    I used citric acid in water, and soaked one I found on our farm...let it sit for a few days and it was clean as a whistle!
  • Bwarner50 Bwarner50 on Jul 28, 2016
    You can also soak them in pure ammonia - cheap and effective. May need to soak for several days or longer, when clean, just rub them with coconut oil or any vegetable oil and "season" them in the oven just like you would any cast iron cookware - bake at 300 degrees for at least an hr. Let cool down before retrieving them.
  • Janet Ridgeway Janet Ridgeway on Jul 28, 2016
    If you want to maintain their rustic look, use warm water & a wire brush to scrub them up. Then spray with WD40 - an oil based spay and wipe off excess with a J-cloth
    • Lonelydad Lonelydad on Jul 28, 2016
      Agree on the WD40, makes a nice satin surface finish. I do railroad spikes, which is very similar. I use a wire brush or one of those abrasive donuts in my Dremel to get the rust off. Works great and leaves the surface clean but still rustic looking.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jul 28, 2016
    Clean them the same as Cast Iron Skillets. :)
    • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jul 08, 2017
      ALSO: GET a shallow airtight container & fill it half way with Coca-Cola. Let the horseshoes sit in it for a couple of hours & wipe them off. If all the rust doesn't come off the first time, continue soaking until it does. It works because I've done it on baked on pots & pans. It also works on toilets, tubs or stove eye burners. :)
  • Ramiro Ramiro on Jul 28, 2016
    Brush them with a steel brush, rinse with water, soak in white vinegar for a couple of days(it is very cheap by the gallon) dry, and apply a coat of either a clear acrilic or the color of your choice.
  • Steve Steve on Jul 28, 2016
  • Joan Joan on Jul 28, 2016
    The vinegar idea is the most successful.
  • Fhk302643 Fhk302643 on Jul 28, 2016
    Use Naval Jelly, available at Home Depot.
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Jul 28, 2016
    Personally I think the aged affect would be wonderful to retain but you could try soaking them in Coke Cola - that is what my father used to use to remove rust from his tools.
  • Gracie Gracie on Jul 08, 2017
    Once you get the rust off, you'll need to cover them with something - paint or a sealant of some kind. Otherwise, the rust will come right back.

  • Shirley Young Shirley Young on Jul 08, 2017
    Wish I lived near you! I have seen several crafts using horse shoes....I saw a flag but don't remember which craft site I saw might Pinterest....I did find the following picture....
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