Hand Tool Care & Maintenance: Paste wax, tool surface sealant, and Waxilit?

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Forum topic by joseff posted 10-29-2010 09:42 AM 6174 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2010 09:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane question

Hi guys,

Earlier, I was reading the pamphlet that came with my block plane and on the care and maintenance section it said to “apply a light coat of paste wax to seal out moisture and prevent rusting”. On another paragraph, it said that paste wax has silicone and, if transferred to the workpiece, could cause finishing problems.

To avoid the finishing problems it was suggested that there are silicone-free products that can be used instead of paste wax, like Waxilit or a tool surface sealant. In addition, it also suggested that light machine oil be used to clean the parts every once in a while.

Before I go to buying any product, I would like to hear your thoughts on care and maintenance. Any suggestions as to what brand of paste wax? Tool surface sealant? Light machine oil? And, if corrosion does appear (which I hope would not), what could can be done?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 09:47 AM

Make your own paste wax.
Then you know what is in it.


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#2 posted 10-29-2010 01:29 PM

Lie-Nielsen recommends Camellia Oil to protect planes from rust and Chris Schwarz uses a chunk of parafin wax to lubricate the plane.

I use Waxilit when gluing inlay to protect surrounding surfaces from glue (it gets cleaned off with DN alcohol later), so I would think that would interfere with finishes as well.

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 05:24 AM

Thank you for all your ideas!! Really appreciate it.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 08:42 PM

I keep a rag soaked with WD40 handy in the shop . I wipe them down before putting them away or at the end of the day.

-- Mickey W Atlanta, GA Metro

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