The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar. 24, 2010
    Posts
    1,127

    Default Cleaning the green goo on tack! Cleaning buckles.

    How do you do it? I recently acquired an old Pessoa martingale for a great price.. leather is super soft and over all the martingale is in great show condition except for around the buckles. There is green gunky tarnished 'residue' around the metal, I've been able to pick some of it off but there is still quite a bit left. It's hard to get to it with a sponge and I've used a toothbrush too but it's still there. The metal appears to be stained.

    What do I use to get rid of that crap? Also, what you recommend for shining up the metal buckles on tack and bits and other metal pieces in general to make it nice for showing?

    TIA!



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 10, 2007
    Location
    SE Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,051

    Default

    I use toothpaste on bits because it's nontoxic to horses and they like the taste. Cheap store brand paste, not gel. For other metal, I use Nevr-Dull, which is usually cheaper at somewhere like Farm & Fleet or TSC.

    Kim
    I loff my Quarter horse clique

    I kill threads dead!



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar. 24, 2010
    Posts
    1,127

    Default

    Oh wow! Does the toothpaste get the bit to shine? I've heard of that before.. but always kind of pictured it making the metal dull, but I was I wrong!



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar. 24, 2010
    Posts
    1,127

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tikihorse2 View Post
    I use toothpaste on bits because it's nontoxic to horses and they like the taste. Cheap store brand paste, not gel. For other metal, I use Nevr-Dull, which is usually cheaper at somewhere like Farm & Fleet or TSC.

    Kim
    Sorry, one more question. Is never dull OK to use near leather? Like, can you use it on the tiny buckles on bridles and martingales? The buckles in question are right next to the leather straps and are full of gunk right down to the leather.



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul. 8, 2009
    Posts
    216

    Default

    I don't know how thick the gunk is but you could try a hoof pick. It usually works pretty well.



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar. 24, 2010
    Posts
    1,127

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by rwh View Post
    I don't know how thick the gunk is but you could try a hoof pick. It usually works pretty well.
    The area is quite small (it's on a martingale), but the gunk has actually stained the metal too. (Tarnish).



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan. 1, 2008
    Posts
    4,825

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by equidae View Post
    Oh wow! Does the toothpaste get the bit to shine? I've heard of that before.. but always kind of pictured it making the metal dull, but I was I wrong!
    Throw your bits in the dishwasher. They come out sparkling.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan. 1, 2008
    Posts
    4,825

    Default

    I think I read somewhere that you get the green gook on the metal because they use nickle alloy, not stainless (what they use to make flatware). High quality leather goods will use the stainless for the buckles, hence no green gook.

    Maybe google nickle alloy and see what cleans it? I can't remember, now. Do they make nickle cleaner?



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun. 22, 2010
    Location
    Stephenville, TX - from Green Bay, WI
    Posts
    99

    Default

    Mag's aluminum polish - can be found in the car section - I use a nail brush with a little bit of water to scrub on the buckles to get any "goobers" off and then use a rag with the Mag's on it - the rag will actually turn black from pulling the tarnish off. I've used this on bits/buckles and never had an issue.



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep. 5, 2005
    Location
    Mass.
    Posts
    6,605

    Default

    You can buy dental picks at a hardware store. They are great for getting into corners of buckles and things.
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb. 10, 2007
    Location
    SE Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,051

    Default

    Toothpaste will get the mouthpiece of the bit to shine, yes, and you don't have to worry about getting the rest of it off.

    And Nevr Dull is fine to use near leather--it's a kind of cotton that's been treated in polish, not a liquid or anything, so it won't drip on your leather. At least, I haven't had any trouble with it--I just wipe any off with a towel.

    Sorry it took so long to reply.

    Kim
    I loff my Quarter horse clique

    I kill threads dead!



Similar Threads

  1. Tack Cleaning
    By Eventer007 in forum Eventing
    Replies: 53
    Last Post: Nov. 14, 2012, 09:27 AM
  2. Tack Cleaning.
    By Tiffany01 in forum Off Course
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Sep. 28, 2012, 10:39 AM
  3. Tack cleaning help
    By HalfArabian in forum Off Course
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Feb. 21, 2011, 02:10 PM
  4. Tack cleaning, My way
    By Kitari in forum Off Course
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Apr. 2, 2010, 03:22 PM
  5. Tack Cleaning...
    By ThirdCharm in forum Eventing
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: Jan. 28, 2009, 06:08 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness