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Forum topic by Robert Randolph posted 10-11-2014 04:12 PM 933 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Robert Randolph

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10-11-2014 04:12 PM

Everything I touch corrodes. My stringed instrument strings last a week or less, steel strings won’t even last me a session. My tools develop rust spots within minutes of touching them. Various hardware through my house has visible ‘rust prints’ from where I’ve touched them.

I’ve tried everything I can think of for rust protection including boeshield, wd40, paste waxes, shellac, lacquer etc… I have carefully researched the application of each specific product and experimented with varying method of application. Boeshield has worked the best for protection by extending the working period of my tools from a few minutes to tens of minutes.

Besides the musical issue, I constantly have issues with chisels and my bandsaw top. I have to de-rust them after every use. My various chisels will have clear ‘finger spots’ of corrosion within minutes of using them. My bandsaw top behaves very similarly. All my ‘minor’ tools are hopelessly corroded.

I do live in florida, fairly close to the water. I am also on a strict high-sodium diet. I suspect both of these are a factor.

Any ideas of what I can do? This has been driving me crazy for most of my adult life.

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#1 posted 10-11-2014 04:20 PM

I was going to suggest changing your diet but sounds like that’s not an option.

I’d recommend rubbing some sort of lotion or oil on your hands before working with tools. Don’t know if it will work but it might. The problem is I don’t know offhand which products might work the best. Perhaps camellia oil would be good as it’s probably non-toxic and is decent at preventing rust.

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 04:24 PM

Besides trying it on my tools, I did actually have tried ‘pre-treating’ my hands with camellia oil.

It did seem to help, but it was also rather uncomfortable and it didn’t last long at all. I didn’t think of trying anything else though… I will look into that, and I’m open to suggestions!

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#3 posted 10-11-2014 04:55 PM

Years ago I when I was an auto mechanic, I used to buy a product at the NAPA stores that you slathered on your hands and it would dry (kinda like the lotions the wife uses). The trick was to really work it into your hands and under the fingernails. It formed some sort of barrier that was impervious to the grease and oils that came with working on cars.

When my hands got dirty, I would simply wash this off and the grease literally disappeared under the faucet. I haven’t seen or had any in a very long time (but then again I haven’t been looking for it either). I seem to recall it may have been called “STOP” ... Came in a squeeze bottle, the bottle was white with red lettering.

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#4 posted 10-11-2014 05:24 PM

Lots of options out there…
google for – grease barrier lotion -

peace, T

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#5 posted 10-11-2014 07:44 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I bought a small bottle of ‘invisible gloves’ which seems to be in line with the products being discussed. If that doesn’t work for me, I’ll try ‘hand-e glove’.

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