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05-17-2017 01:20 PM

Morning folks,

I just flattened the bottom and sides of a handplane i’m restoring and almost immediately it started to rust. What is the recommended process to deal with this and prevent it in the future?



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#1 posted 05-17-2017 01:36 PM

Wax or light oil, I use Johnson’s Paste Wax.

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#2 posted 05-17-2017 01:38 PM

Quick wipe across a Paul Sellers oil can.

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#3 posted 05-17-2017 02:14 PM

Yea, wax. On some of my metal surfaces, like an extended fence on my incra miter gauge, I put a thin coat of spray-on polyurethane and its worked great, no sign of rust and the finish hasn’t been damaged yet. Although with something like a plane face that comes across a lot of friction I really don’t know how well poly would hold up

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#4 posted 05-17-2017 03:01 PM

Quick wipe across a Paul Sellers oil can.

- Dan Hulbert

Ditto. I keep a rag soaked in 3-in-1 in a can that I swipe across the bottom (back to front) and sides before I put a plane back in the till. I also keep some paraffin wax handy to “squiggle” on the sole during use.

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#5 posted 05-17-2017 03:13 PM

Wd-40 seems to work too

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#6 posted 05-17-2017 03:27 PM

WD-40 will work, but wax has the added benefit of helping the plane slide more easily. WD-40, once it evaporates, doesn’t lubricate all that well anymore.

3-in-1 oil or wax is what I use on planes. Sometimes both.

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#7 posted 05-17-2017 09:10 PM

Mineral oil soaked rag. $1

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#8 posted 05-17-2017 09:16 PM

Doesnt get salt (sweat, potato chip residue) on them. Wipe them down with any slightly oily rag when done with them and they’ll be fine.

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#9 posted 05-18-2017 02:37 PM

A big + + + for WD-40!

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#10 posted 05-18-2017 02:39 PM

Camphor oil – I use it on antique blades. Apply a very light coat and then keep the application cloth in with the tools. As the oil evaporates it will keep your tools rust free. Btw – make sure it’s actually pure camphor oil not some weird mix from a health store,

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#11 posted 05-18-2017 03:59 PM

Paste wax on the sole, Alox everywhere else.

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#12 posted 05-18-2017 05:47 PM

If its rusting that fast, you need to evaluate more than prevention.

Like where are you storing your tools? How often are you using them?

If you keep them in a sealed box with a tub or DampRid or camphor, this will help.

I would not recommend wax. This will make them slick but I guarantee rust can form underneath wax.

I keep my hand tools in a climate controlled room and occasionally coat with Jatoba oil. I do not have any problems with my tools rusting this way.

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#13 posted 05-25-2017 07:28 PM

I keep my hand tools in a climate controlled room and occasionally coat with Jatoba oil.
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You mean Jojoba oil?

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#14 posted 05-26-2017 01:50 AM

I use Fluid Film

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