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Forum topic by laxbograt posted 11-17-2011 06:17 PM 1125 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2011 06:17 PM

I have noticed some of my metal tools have gotten rust on them even thought they have not gotten wet. I live in SW Florida and it is very humid here most of the year. I am curious if anyone else has had this problem and come up with a solution.

My shop is in my garage and unfortunately not climate controlled.

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 06:29 PM


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#2 posted 11-17-2011 09:11 PM

Bee’s wax?

I got a set of second hand router bits and they were dipped in a thick almost plastic coating? It is solid at room temp though? is that what they were dipped in?


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#3 posted 11-17-2011 11:01 PM

Paste wax (Johnson’s, etc) is your best bet. I use it on most of my tools and other metal equipment, and it prevents all rust. You only really need to reapply once or twice a year (possibly more for high humidity environments, though).

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 11:11 PM

I’ll second Johnson’s Paste Wax and add some cloth covers. Just make sure the cloth covers are breathable and don’t touch the floor; this allows air to circulate and prevents condensation from building up under the cover.

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 11:12 PM

Johnson’s Furniture Polish or Beeswax is a nice rub on application that will prevent rust from humity problems. Also there is an anti rust spray you can get to just spray on the surfaces you don’t want to rust, however you will need to wipe off excess before using on wood. It will leave a stain.

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 11:29 PM

All of the above, and good ventillation (as in a fan) will help. I’m in NE Mississippi, and have ceiling fans in the shop. There is also a product called “oil”. Not bein’ a smarta$$, but wipin’ things with a lube will help.


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#7 posted 11-18-2011 04:43 PM

Thanks everyone,

I will probably try out the Johnson’s wax.

Bill: Yeah I am familiar with this “oil” you speak of, I also notice it has the habit of sometimes staining the wood that you are working on.

Still curious what the wax / “plastic” coating on the router bits I got were, it works great and must be a liquid that hardens or cures somehow. Anyone know what this product is?

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 05:16 PM

I second the Johnson’s paste wax. If I’m away for any amount of time I cover my larger machines up with moving blankets.

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 05:32 PM

I live in St Pete. Fl so I am familiar with your problem. Paste wax is good, but I prefer Boesheild T9. It was developed by Boeing to protect and lubricate airplane parts. It comes as an aerosol which you spray on, allow to dry, then buff off. I think it runs about $14 a can, but it lasts a good while and is a lot cheaper than elbow grease.

Sorry, I know what you are reffering to on the router bits but don’t know the name. The local guy who sharpens my saw blades uses the same stuff after he finishes them.

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