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Forum topic by OhDear posted 07-09-2012 08:16 AM 1136 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2012 08:16 AM

It’s rusty!!

I tidied it up again and made sure it got a good soaking in the stuff and this morning, still rust!

I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but I’m beginning to think that it might have something to do with the 3in1 oil? (although, I’m sure I read somewhere that that stuff is fine?)

My lovely old No. 3 feels crustier than it did before the clean-up now. I just knew looking after my tools was a bad idea!

Has anyone else had trouble with 3in1 before? I keep reading about Camellia oil but all I can find it massage-oil, is that still the right stuff?

Thanks everybody!


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#1 posted 07-09-2012 12:41 PM

You can spend all ya want on exotic/unusual oils, but I just use a plain (no pun) old oil on all my tooling. I doubt that 3 1n 1 is a culprit unless there has been a major chemical screw up somewhere.
How did ya clean the plane?


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#2 posted 07-09-2012 01:04 PM

Johnsons floor paste wax

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 01:23 PM

I’m curious as to what you do to clean it. Nevertheless, make sure when it’s clean that you dry it completely.I’ll usually finish it with Johnson’s paste wax or bee’s wax but no oils of any sort.keeps it dry and has a protective film on it

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#4 posted 07-09-2012 01:30 PM

Photos would help. Generally, oil will help loosen up surface rust, but then you need to soak/brush/rinse with some type of degreasing cleanser to get all the gunk off. I use Simple Green.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-09-2012 01:30 PM

I keep a rag charged with jojoba oil that I wipe down my planes w/ after use. I periodically wax them too.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 07-09-2012 02:12 PM

I use Camillia oil to keep rust off my planes. If there is an asian market near you, it will be easy to find and a LOT less expensive than Rockler, Woodcraft, etc. I’m also a bit confused. Are you using 3 in 1 oil to remove rust from the plane. I don’t think it will work for that. If you want to remove rust by sokaing the part, you’ll need Evaporust, citric acid, vinegar or one of the other soaking type remedies.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#7 posted 07-09-2012 02:24 PM

Sorry, I think it must of been my bad then.

I lapped the sole and sides to about 200 and then went straight in with the oil (although, the first time I cleaned it with naphtha -to get rid of any fingerprint gunk) and then applied the oil). I didn’t realise there was another step in-between this one, I’m at work at the moment so I’ll try and get a picture later.

Thanks for the help folks.

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