Sharron, I have an old roller made in Taiwan that I bought nearly 30
years ago. I paid less than $50 for it when rollers made in the west
were going for more than $500. It also has square wire slots!
I too have suffered the rusting problem…though the rollers are
otherwise in very good condition. What I have learned to do is dampen
a paper towel or soft cloth with light oil…3 in 1 household oil is
good, and simply ‘hang’ it over the top roller so it drapes down to
the guide. Essentially that encases the rollers in an environment of
lubrication. Further, when not in use for a few days, I cover the
roller with an old kitchen appliance cover…in this case for a
These two things seem to keep the rust away…haven’t had to sand the
rollers in several years. This roller is, as I say, nearly 30 years
old but it…just keeps on rollin.
Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry!