There are a lot of metal pieces to polish on tack!  What are the best ways to do that?




If you know anything about me, you should be able to predict my answer.....elbow grease.  Just kidding.  There are some major time saving tricks out there to help you polish all things metal - EXCEPT the bit.  The bit itself has no need for polish, but the bit rings do.    



Great for polishing tack!  



Polishing cloths are another option!


Use the dishwasher!  You can toss bits, nylon halters, stirrup irons, and spurs into the dishwasher for a cycle.  Nice and shiny when the cycle is over.  


For polishing things by hand, grab yourself the following - a cleaner/polishing compound, soft rag, and toothbrush for the nitty gritty parts.  The cleaner/polishing compounds come in many forms, and usually work on all types of metals, from brass to stainless.  Some are paste, some are more liquid, and some come in a jar with bits of fiber that you break off and rub the metal with.




You can also make your own brass cleaner.  Add one teaspoon salt to 1/2 cup vinegar, and add enough flour to make a paste.  Rub on, leave 10 minutes, rinse and buff out.  Use your soft rag to buff and your toothbrush (an old one....) to get into grooves and attack those sparkly browbands that are popular.   

Many horse folks also use plain toothpaste to polish the metal pieces of their tack.  

What's your trick?