rust preventer on sole of hand plane

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Forum topic by dbw posted 11-20-2015 12:42 PM 743 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2015 12:42 PM

Is it OK to use rust preventer (T-9) on the sole of a hand plane? I’m wondering what will happen if I apply bee’s wax over the T-9.

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 12:46 PM

Yes. Don’t know what will happen with bee’s wax over it. I use furniture wax on the soles, and bee’s wax or paraffin when using. No rust issues.

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#2 posted 11-20-2015 02:09 PM

The question I meant to ask is: will the bee’s wax negate the benefit of the T-9 and/or will the T-9 negate the benefit of the bee’s wax?

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#3 posted 11-20-2015 02:23 PM

Seems pretty darned expensive to me. I just use John’s paste wax.


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#4 posted 11-20-2015 02:27 PM

I have used T-9 on hand plane soles before and it seems like it wears off pretty quickly in use so I consider it more of a option for long term storage. My understanding is that T-9 isn’t much more than oil and wax in a spray can so I can’t see how putting wax on top of it would cause any issues. I don’t use T-9 on my hand planes anymore instead using a light oil to wipe them down than paste wax for protection. In use I have a paraffin wax block I use to keep the sole slick. That seems to work very well and as long as I don’t get lazy and forget to wipe down the planes after use I don’t have rust issues.

Also I don’t know exactly why but for some reasons a unfinished wood storage cabinet seems to do a much better job keeping rust off my planes than storing them in metal or plastic containers. I can only guess the wood acts to draw excess moisture away from the planes. I don’t think this is new knowledge as a lot of the hand tool chests I have seen either in person or pictures don’t have the interiors finished just the outside.

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#5 posted 11-21-2015 04:04 PM

It makes sense to me as well. The unfinished surfaces of a wooden storage cabinet act like a “sacrificial” moisture absorber.

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