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Safely Cleaning Aluminum Horse Shoes




Q. I am a hobbyist who works with aluminum horse shoes. I have tried several methods for cleaning them and feel there must be an easier way. I have used soap and scrubbed with a steel brush, sand in a concrete mixer, aluminum polish, Nevr-Dull [affil links], and was told recently to try an acid wash. The acid wash sites look a little to dangerous for my hobby. The shoes are 99% aluminum with a small amount of lead in the top. Thanks for any suggestions. I do this to support 5 old horses.

Carol S Hublar
hobbyist - Goshen, Kentucky
2004


A. You can use next solution:
Dissolve 30 gms of borax [affil links] in 1 lit water.
Add a few drops of ammonia(25%).

According to Scientific American Cyclopedia of Formulas, New York 1910.( website www.thelitterbox.org/librum/i-sacof/337.gif)In this book you can find some other solutions for cleaning aluminum and other metals.

Goran Budija
- Zagreb , Croatia
2004


Q. I am trying to make some special gifts to be given out at a wedding. I would like to take horse shoes and decorate them after they are cleaned. What would I use to clean not aluminum horse shoes but steel ones?

Thanks,

MaryAnn Hessels
- British Columbia, Canada
2007


A. I weld horseshoe crafts for a side hobby, and I prefer the used horse shoes because they are so much cheaper. To clean them, soak them overnight in a bleach [adv: bleach/sodium hypochlorite in bulk on eBay or Amazon (affil link) ] and water solution to remove the dirt buildup. After they are dried, you can use an angle grinder [on eBay or Amazon (affil link) ] with what they call flap discs. This is very effective at making them look brand new. I am wanting to try to clean them with a wire wheel on an angle grinder. I bet that would be a great way as well.

RL Robertson
- DFW, Texas
September 25, 2009




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