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    Hi Rip,

    Follow-up question to your barbell maintenance video during lockdown:

    What is the best kind of brush to use for a bare steel barbell - steel bristles or brass bristles? Some folks say steel bristles are too severe but I donít really listen to some folks, only Rip on all matters barbell!

    Thanks for your time, as always.

    Best

    Robin

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    You're thinking too hard about this.

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    I know - itís a curse!

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    I have a stainless steel Ohio Bar and I use a nylon brush and warm water with dish soap. Then just dry it really well. Makes the bar look brand new every time I clean it.

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    Eleiko sent me a brass wire brush when I bought their bare steel IPF competition bar but their care guide literature recommends steel wire brush for the bar. Rogue recommend steel wire brush to clean a bare steel bar. Thatís why I asked Rip for his thoughts. Iíll stick to the steel brush.

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    It doesn't matter. You're brushing the chalk, not the steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    It doesn't matter. You're brushing the chalk, not the steel.
    But if there are options, I could pick the wrong one!!!

    Seriously, though...

    I find a nylon brush doesn't quite do the job of getting the all the chalk out (B&R 2.0, so bare steel), so next time I'll be trying my brass or steel brush. I've noticed some rust spots, so I should probably wipe it with a bit of 2-in-1.

    I've been assuming that there is no set schedule on which I should oil the sleeves, so I've just been spinning them occasionally and seeing if they catch sooner than I'd expect.

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    Never use a steel brush on stainless steel. The brush sheds micro particles that seed rust.

    Use anything on your bare steel bar.

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