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Forum topic by groland posted 07-14-2012 04:34 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2012 04:34 PM

I live in a damp climate, so rust, mold. etc. are a constant. Some of my Craftsman hand tools develop a crusty white mold as shown. This doesn’t seem to damage the tools at all. It can be scraped off with a thumbnail revealing smooth, clean, clear plastic underneath. However it is unsightly, smells bad and, in the main, ought not to be there.

If anyone has a solution for a.) removing this stuff without having physically to scrape it off and b.) something the handles can be coated with to prevent its development in the first place, I’d like to know what it is.

Many thanks,


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#1 posted 07-14-2012 04:38 PM

since this is over plastic- I doubt there is anything you can coat it with to prevent it (it’s not wood handles).

where are you storing your tools?

I would recommend storing your tools in a climate controlled toolbox and not have to worry about what to coat them with.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 04:43 PM

Buy some dessicant packs to add to your toolbox. Put ‘em in the oven every once in a while to dry ‘em out. Silica gel product.


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#3 posted 07-14-2012 04:45 PM

1) use a Chlorox “dip” to clean them up. Just a quick dunk into the bleach, and wipe dry. 2) Those little packs of Dessicant one finds in Shipping crates and such, put one in each drawer of the toolbox. Coat each plastic handle in a film of 3-in-1 oil before you put it back in the box.

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 05:32 PM

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