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WING"TIPS" #44 Iron/Rust removal

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by wingman, May 3, 2012.

  1. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    Hello Everyone, Once again its been a while since I posted up another WING"TIP" as time in my world flies. :) I have several Photographed up and will post them up as time allows. I picked an easy one to "write up". ;D

    I don't get iron stained birds in to often BUT in some areas of the country they are quite common. The West coast seems to have the "issue" along with some of the Gulf States. I used to use "Whinks" but found it to be rather spendy and difficult to find as of late. I was looking through the Iron removal products in Walmart and found the Product I now use with GREAT Results. Wink would remove the iron immediately as it was applied, this stuff takes a few moments BUT does as good a job. Here's the procedure IF you and your client wish the rust to be "Gone" :D

    Soak the birds with the Iron stained plumage in warm soapy Dawn water, Once the plumage is soaked through pull them out and add about 4 ounces or 2 small Dixie cups of the IRON OUT.

    Stir the Iron out into the wash till it dissolves, it is a white powder that has a rather strong odor, Don't breathe the dust/Fumes!

    Immerse the birds into the "wash" and let them soak for 10-15 Minutes

    Once the stain is obviously gone to your satisfaction remove the birds and put them through a good rinse to remove any remaining rust remover

    I then hang them by the bill till they quit dripping and then skin as usual.

    A couple things to be aware of, I found soaking them in this "wash' yields the best results. I was applying the powder directly onto the plumage without having the best results, I talked to Rick Acker about it and he suggested the "wash" It works very well. I DO pull them out as soon as the Iron is removed as I don't want the product to do any further "bleaching" to the plumage. Doing this method removes the rust from the entire bird not just areas. I assume the bird could be skinned and still have the same results, I just prefer to pre-soak the birds before skinning.

    The following photos explain it visually, Good Luck! :)

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  2. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    The "SOAK"

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  5. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    The mounted birds, Sorry :( not a good photo to show how truly "white" they get. The only pic I ended up taking of the two birds. :)

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  6. IU Doug

    IU Doug Member

    Impeccable Timing Wingman!!!!

    I have a rust stained Pintail I am mounting today and low and behold here is this tip. I too, always dump the same product (even a Pintail yesterday) you use straight on the bird and seems I always have to do it twice as I miss a spot. This method worked great. Amazing how things this easy get by me ???.....not really. Thanks for the tip and really enjoy your amazing work. Doug
  7. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

    thats a fantastic pose on the sprig on the left!!! I can see in the hanging photo the difference
  8. AR1527

    AR1527 New Member

    Tried this today and it worked great. Thanks wingman!
  9. Ptrrorem

    Ptrrorem New Member

    Thanks Eugene. Been using this this year with God result as well.. hope things are well with you.
  10. fireduck

    fireduck Member

    in the above post you said at the iron out with soap and water. how much.. then you said add two dixie cup full to it. So you add the Iron out twice.

    Awesome post always wondered about that. My clients will be mad at me once they know I can get that stain out. LOL....GREAT POST WINGMAN
  11. fireduck

    fireduck Member

    Disregard. I miss read the post.. Soak bird first then add Iron. Got it
  12. brazosboyt

    brazosboyt Member

    This ross had a lotta staining so I decided to give it a try. As you can see by the first picture before the iron out you can see a lot of rust stains. 10 minutes and a 4 ounce solution sink full of water and it really made a big difference.

  13. srholmes30

    srholmes30 Living each and every day

    Thank's for posting
  14. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    The iron out is a great product, but as stated, do not breath the dust in when adding it to that wash. It is very harsh on the lungs.
  15. hambone

    hambone Well-Known Member

    Nice to see the WingTips again.
  16. babak

    babak Active Member

    thanks wingman to continuing the "WINGTIP"
  17. Thats awesome Eugene! Does it work on bad blood stains?
  18. IDForkHorn

    IDForkHorn Common sense just isn't that common anymore

    Glad to see the WINGTIPS are coming again! Thanks alot! Tyler
  19. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    I agree, thanks for keeping up with the great tips Eugene!