How to open shakers that are rusted shut?

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AllSeasons
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How to open shakers that are rusted shut?

Postby AllSeasons » Wed Jan 19, 2022 8:07 pm

I have multiple sterling shakers that are rusted shut, apparently due to being packed away in storage for so long by the previous owner(s). I also want to be careful, so as not to damage them. I've applied as much force as I dared, but they haven't budged. Is there an effective and safe way to tackle these stubborn shakers? Thank you in advance.

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Re: How to open shakers that are rusted shut?

Postby JLDoggett » Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:08 am

Have you tried soaking them in hot soapy water? Sometimes adding vinegar will help dissolve the copper salts or table salt that can prevent their being open-able.

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Re: How to open shakers that are rusted shut?

Postby AG2012 » Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:24 am

Heat them; oven temperature cannot damage silver. You can use hair drier or even open fire (jeweler torch - cautiously).
Then spray with WD - 40.
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Re: How to open shakers that are rusted shut?

Postby AllSeasons » Thu Jan 27, 2022 1:36 am

Thank you. I've tried putting one pair of shakers in boiling hot water. That was to clean off some of the tarnish with baking soda - different story and different thread - but I think that actually loosened the top from one of the shakers. The other one I still cannot get open. So maybe I'll keep trying.


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