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Wire cage rusting

Post by Kaelico on Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:09 pm

I have an old wire cage that I was thinking of using for mice but I noticed that near the corners on a few of the wires, the protective coating has worn off and the metal underneath is a little bit rusted. Does this make the cage unsafe to use? I'm assuming rust isn't safe for mice to ingest if they happen to chew on the bars. Is there any way to get rid of the rust or should I just buy a new cage? I'm not sure how to upload pictures or else I would.

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Re: Wire cage rusting

Post by CallaLily on Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:46 am

I saw this thread the other day but I didn't have an answer for you. Bumping today in hopes that someone else does. Smile

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Post by Peachy on Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:00 am

Removing rust from wheels and cages is pretty easy, but it will come back if you leave it bare, so you'd have to do it every time you clean or whenever it's needed. I just keep up with it until I can splurge for a new one.

I take off rust with aluminum foil (there are other ways too, but I always know where the foil is! lol) and then wash it well.

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Post by CallaLily on Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:21 pm

@Peachy, could repaint it in something safe? I know some reptile keepers that clean and repaint rusty mesh lids...but with mice it would definitely have to be something safe since they chew so much. Plastikote?

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Post by Peachy on Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:45 pm

I actually looked into this previously when I wanted a pink wheel. Razz I have no experience with Plastikote, but a bird forum recommended a child safe Rustoleum spray paint to touch up bars that birds have peeled and scratched. I did experiment on a wheel, spent forever sanding and priming, but it wasn't perfect. Not sure that I would do a whole lot of a cage, but the ends of bars would probably be fine.

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Re: Wire cage rusting

Post by Kaelico on Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:15 pm

Thanks for all your help. I decided not to use that cage anyways so I won't have to deal with the rust. I dug up a bin cage that I built a few years ago that's also a lot bigger, so I'll be using that instead.

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