You expect to find rust on any metal object except your favorite clothes and accessories. Yes, belt buckles are prone to rust like any other metal object. Rust occurs when oxygen comes into contact with metal, a process called oxidation. Exposed or bare metal is especially prone to rust because there is no protective barrier between the metal and the air.
However, rust can easily be removed from buckles using some household items. But keep in mind that the product you use to restore a rusted pipe is not going to be as effective if you use it to restore a buckle. So, you better learn from the best and try the following rust-busting prep which is safe to use, inexpensive and super-effective.

Supplies Need:

  • fine grit steel wool
  • blue painter’s tape
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 1/3 up of lemon juice
  • stiff bristle brush
  • clean cloth
  • nail polish


1. Cover the leather parts of the belt with blue painter’s tape. The tape prevents the leather from becoming stained during the cleaning process.

2. Scrub the heavily rusted areas of the buckle with fine grit steel wool.

3. Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of lemon juice in the bowl.

4. Scrub the rusted area of the belt with the vinegar/lemon juice mixture. Use a stiff bristle brush or a toothbrush.

5. Rinse the buckle with a damp, clean cloth. Wipe the buckle several times until all traces of the vinegar/lemon juice are gone. Allow the buckle to dry.

6. Apply a coat of clear nail polish to the buckle. Nail polish provides a protective coating that protects the buckle from oxidation.