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Forum topic by groland posted 776 days ago 648 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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 776 days ago

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 776 days ago

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 776 days ago

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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