Restoring Rusty Horshoe


Old 06-11-17, 10:24 AM
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Restoring Rusty Horshoe

Our neighborhood has a horseshoe pit and every year they are painted and end up looking like crap after 1 year. I want to remove the rust, paint and preserve the metal so it will last longer. What is the best way? I have a feeling they are just spray painting them with rustoleum.
Old 06-11-17, 10:47 AM
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You could try dipping one in undiluted Zep Purple cleaner and letting it soak. Warning wear heavy rubber gloves, long sleeves and eye protection. This is a concentrated lye solution.

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Old 06-11-17, 11:10 AM
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You could have them sand blasted before trying to paint. The paint will still chip but rust will be gone.
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I don't think the rustoleum spray paint is the main issue but more than likely lack of proper prep along with a multiple coats of paint [just spraying another coat each year]
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What about peeping it using a rust converter and then a small can of oil based rustoleum paint?
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How many times you think they get thrown in a year... and how many times do you think a horseshoe can hit a). a metal stake b). other iron horseshoes c). the concrete pads... before they get chewed up and look bad? (No matter what type of paint is used, they are going to get beat up.)
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The only thing that might last longer is maybe something like Plasti-dip, but that could get pretty pricey and you'd lose the "clank".
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Shoe paint

You might try a can of the coatings that are used for pick up truck beds, most auto stores would carry it, the POR15 bed liner product is good. Dries very hard. Some chassis paints used for auto restoration, the moisture cured urethane coatings, do well on rusted metal, but will dull from sunlight, so you would also spray a top coat of conventional paint after the urethane base coat has cured as well.

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