The Squeaky Wheel get the Grease, the Rusty Wheel gets the ???

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The Squeaky Wheel get the Grease, the Rusty Wheel gets the ???

Post by tinyhartmouseries on Fri May 25, 2012 10:12 pm

I have several mesh wheels that have gone and rusted on me. I have read that if you use spray enamel and let it sit until it does not have a smell at all, it's safe for birds. Birds are the most sensitive thing in the universe it seems, so it should work for mice? Right?

What do you think?
Has anyone does this with success?
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Post by Rhasputin on Fri May 25, 2012 10:22 pm

I would look up some info on re-finishing bird cages. There's a lot of good tutorials out there with info on how to re-paint a rusted cage to make it animal safe. Happy

I would think that the same methods would work well for wheels!
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Sat May 26, 2012 2:39 pm

I have some mesh wheels with rusty spots, too. Let me know what you find out!
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Post by tinyhartmouseries on Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:32 am

I did some research and it looks like Rustoleum personally endorses their zinc-free spray paints as birdsafe.

It's recommended to clean off all rust with a steel brush or strong tea solution (!) before respraying, and letting all sprayed items sit away from animals for 7-10 days. Hooray!
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:16 pm

Good job, Tiny!
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Post by Teramis on Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:14 pm

There is another item that is ideally suited for removing rust that will spare endless scrubbing with wire brush (which still will miss small interstices in the mesh that are rusted): namely, a thing called naval jelly. It is phosphoric acid in gel form, and its express purpose is to dissolve rust.

You just glob the jelly on the rust spot or all over the item (it will also strip paint off metal, btw), and let it sit for a while (a half hour should do it, maybe less). Then rinse it off. If there are any rust spots left, those you can hit with the brush and they should scour off very easily. You can see the paint and rust lift off - if any still adheres to metal, just let it sit longer and do its chemical magic.

Be certain to wear rubber gloves when handling naval jelly, and let water run thoroughly for a while when washing the remains down a drain.
Naval jelly is relatively cheap and extremely effective for stripping anything metal back down to the metal, clean of rust, paint and other coatings it may have had on it. Google 'naval jelly' and you'll find a lot of listings of it for sale. Google "phosphoric acid" at wikipedia for more geeky info on it.

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Post by thistlebrook on Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:22 pm

I know I'm a bit late but I have used a Rustoleum enamel on a cage for rats. I let it "cure"/sit for 2 weeks after and never had any problems. Happy
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