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How to Polish Longhorns

by Eric Cedric
Longhorns are a type of steer.

Longhorns are a type of steer.

Much more than the nickname of the Texas sporting teams, longhorns are a type of cattle. The longhorns themselves come off the steer and are used for decorations around the house, barn or even on the grill of cars. If you have a pair of longhorns that have lost their luster and need polishing, use some simple materials used for car cleaning and household chores.

Apply some linseed oil to the chamois cloth and wipe down the horns thoroughly. Get any dust or residue off the horns. Let the linseed oil seep into any cracks or dry spots on the horns. Let the linseed oil dry.

Dip a clean edge of the cloth into the car wax and rub it onto the horns in a circular motion. Use only a little wax and work it into the horns thoroughly. Rub the inside and outside of the horns completely.

Take a clean cloth and go over the entire set of horns removing and rubbing off any excess wax.

Spray the horns off with the compressed air to remove any residual dust from the cloth or air.

Items you will need

  • Chamois cloths
  • Car wax
  • Linseed oil
  • Can of compressed air

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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