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How to Care for your Bar

Required maintenance will vary depending on the application and environment, but no material or finish is 100% corrosion resistant - especially without care. Following these steps, however, will increase performance, appearance and add additional life to your barbell.

Knurling & Bar Shaft:

Use a stiff brush to clean chalk and other residue from the knurling. Other areas of the bar shaft can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild cleaner (if necessary). A quality nylon/synthetic brush is recommended for most finishes, as cheap steel bristles can alter appearances and possibly contribute to corrosion.

If performed regularly, this can be done with a brush alone or with mild cleaning agent/detergent. A quality metal lubricant can also be applied to help remove anything stubborn, such as heavy chalk, corrosion, etc. We find that quality 3-in-1 metal lubricants work well. If you plan to use your bar shortly after it is cleaned with lubricant, simply wipe it down with a cloth and mild detergent.

Bushings:

If chalk is used frequently, it can over time get into the bushings and have an impact on sleeve spin. This is an easy fix and requires no disassembly.

  • Apply the same 3:1 lubricant to the bushings (from the inner sleeve side, standing the bar vertically). Slowly spin the sleeve while the lubricant is applied.
  • Repeat as necessary. DO NOT use anything with silicone added as it can dry out the existing lubricant and bushing system.
Bearings:

Apply a few drops of lubricant to the bearings periodically, depending on your environment. This will help maintain a smooth, reliable spin, as well as help protect against the elements--especially in more humid environments. This requires no disassembly. Apply the same lubricant to the bearings from the inner sleeve side (standing the bar vertically) and spin the sleeve while the lubricant is applied. Repeat as necessary. DO NOT use anything with silicone added as it can dry out the existing lubricant and bearing system.

If your bearing bar is being stored, we recommend using a horizontal rack (not vertical).