Originally Posted by flutterbi
It was my first hookah and even though its a cheapy its still precious to me and if at all possible i would like to save it.
there is Two ways one is to retire the Hookah and let it Rust in Peace the other is to open the heart and remove the rust and then try and close the heart. On my first one I opened the heart by prying the folded over lip up with a flatbladed screwdriver I then used a small wirebrush on a drill to remove the rust. I purchased an O-ring that is the same size as the base of the heart(plated piece) and used the the down stem to hold the heart together again after trimming the excess metal from the pried up lip with a grinder. That hookah is for show only and will not be used again for once it starts rusting it will again.