How to Remove Rust From Dumbbells and Weight Plates

rusty olympic weight plates

When my husband and I decided to buy a house, one of his only requirements was that it had room for a gym. Fortunately, we found a home with space. When we started buying weights, we learned that, to get a good deal, you sometimes have to settle for rusty plates and dumbbells.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard to remove the rust. So, If you’re trying to get a discount on weights, don’t let the rusty ones deter you from buying them. It’s a smelly process, but totally worth it.

Follow the instructions below to try it yourself.

 

Supplies needed to remove rust from weights

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • stainless steel brush
  • Large tote or plastic box
  • Rust-oleum spray paint (optional)*

 

When we got the weights they looked like this. Not totally covered in rust, but they were not in the best shape.

 

steel brush the weights

Step 1: brush off the rust

Using a steel bristol brush, scrape off as much of the excess rust and chipping paint as  possible.

 

Step 2: Soak the weights in vinegar and water

Pay attention to the recommended dilution ratio on the vinegar you buy. Use that ratio of water and vinegar and soak the weights for about 3 days.

I recommend keeping them somewhere you don’t have to spend much time because it smells bad. I’d recommend a garage or basement.

Also, when you’re finished and dump out your solution, make sure you pour it down a large drain and not in your yard. The vinegar will kill your grass.

Note: We used 4 bottles (64 fl oz) of vinegar. We also took some of the less rusty weights out earlier and got similar results. If your weights have a lot of rust, they will need more time in the solution.

 

weight plate after rust removal

Step 3: Dry the weights

Take the weights out of the vinegar solution and dry them really well. If they’re exposed to moisture, they’ll begin to rust again.

The plate in the image above is the same plate pictured in step 1. looks much better now. It has not been spray painted. I was shocked to see the difference!

 

spray painted weight plates

Step 4 (optional): spray paint the weights

In the image above, the first plate has been spray painted. The other was just removed from the vinegar solution and dried.

 

When you’re done, you’ll have some fancy, seemingly new weights. And they look so nice!

 

weights soaking in vinegar/water solution

Look at the round iron dumbbells. Super rusty, right?

 

spray painted York dumbbells

These are the same ones!

So, if you’re considering buying weights, don’t avoid the rusty ones. And if you’re considering getting rid of your rusty weights, don’t do it! Use this process to fix them up instead.

Hope you enjoyed this one.

Happy crafting!

DIY Gemstone Bar Earrings

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

Hi. It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? I feel like I need to re-introduce myself or something. I promise I’m not abandoning Make Something Mondays, but it’s been a crazy 2 months. In short, my husband and I bought a house and moved, along with a bunch of other goodies. It’s taken a while to get packed, moved unpacked etc but, I’m back in action!

I have a great new lineup of craft projects! This week I’m showing you how to make some fun gemstone earrings. It’s an easy and functional craft project which, to me, makes the best ones.

Follow the tutorial below to make your own!

 

gemstone earrings supplies

Gemstone earring supplies

  • gemstones
  • earring rod
  • earring hooks
  • jewelry pliers

 

gemstones on earring rods

Step 1: line up the gemstones

String the stones onto the earring rod. Leave some space at the top.

 

bar earrings gemstones

Step 2: loop the earring rods

Using your jewelry pliers, create a loop at the top of the earring rods like in the above image. Don’t completely close the loop.

 

gemstone earrings

Step 3: attach the earring hooks

Slide the earring hooks into the space you left in your loop in the last step. Close the loop.

 

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

You’re done! Plan a date night and flaunt your new, fun earrings.

Hope you enjoyed. Happy crafting!