My long weekend was over last night. Today was a long day at work, so I didn't get too much done on the loom when I got home.
Last night, I started soaking the warp beam straps in straight vinegar. They have overall style buckles on the ends that were quite rusty, so I left buckles in the vinegar till I got home today. I still had to use the wire brush to get the rust off, but it was easier and a lot more came off than with just elbow grease. One precaution to take if using vinegar, is to rinse it well, and then use a baking soda and water rinse to neutralize the vinegar.
I also oiled up all the screws, bolts, and nuts that were painted. I'm calling it a day!