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Barbell Care & Maintenance

We are very excited that you are the owner of a Rogue Barbell. This bar will require some maintenance.
1) Black Oxide will give the bar best feel on the knurl because it is not a plating
2) Black Oxide is a mild protectant against oxidization
We recommend the following maintenance to keep the bar steel healthy -frequency will vary based on climate:
1) Use a plastic bristle brush and a mild detergent to clean the knurl - This is just like cleaning the leaves out of your gutter, if you leave them in there bad things happen.
2) Wipe down with 3:1 oil and brush into the knurl with plastic bristle brush.  The steel will soak the oil in and the bar will stay healthy
3) Wipe off any excess oil with a dry towel
What to expect over time:
1) The bar will most likely get a patina over time
2) Barbell will last a lifetime
Please email us with any questions or concerns

We are very excited that you are the owner of a Rogue Barbell. This bar will require some maintenance.

We recommend the following maintenance to keep the barbell steel healthy—frequency will vary based on climate:

1) Use a plastic bristle brush and a mild detergent to clean the knurl. This is just like cleaning the leaves out of your gutter, if you leave them in there, bad things happen.

2) Wipe down with 3:1 oil and brush into the knurl with a plastic bristle brush. The steel will soak the oil in and the bar will stay healthy.

3) Wipe off any excess oil with a dry towel.

The advantages of Black Oxide:

1) Black Oxide gives a barbell the best feel on the knurl because it is not a plating.

2) Black Oxide is a mild protectant against oxidization.

What to expect over time:

1) The barbell will most likely get a patina over time.

2) The bar will last a lifetime.

Videos on caring for other bar finishes:



Cleaning Bare Steel Bars

Cleaning Aluminum Bars

Cleaning Zinc Coated Bars


Rogue offers our very own Barbell Cleaning Kit, suitable for all of the finishes we offer.


Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns