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Old 11-08-2013, 08:09 AM
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Hello, I have some tools that don't get used all that much.. and even tho. they are well cared for (never left out, always cleaned after use) the humid summers cause light rust, enough that electrical pliers will be tight or not move at all.. and need to be soaked in oil etc..
even found some very very light rust on my tap and dies . what is a good long lasting coating I've heard wd40, pam cooking spray/etc but both tend to make a mess of the tool box, and don't last on tools hanging on a peg board.. I have no issue with putting rags under the tools in the box, but then they soak up the coating leaving the tools back were I started..
any ideas??
insulating the garage and heating it is out of the question as it's half way on 2 different lots.. and because of this I have no will to spend any money on it. other than the roof.. I'll build an other on the house lot..
thanks for any ideas..

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I would try to get some fogging oil.
I use it in my boat engine when I do winter layup. I think is is a spray oil, with a high wax content, and a solvent, that evaporates, leaving a thin layer of wax behind.
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There is a product that is a paper impregnated with chemical(s) that prevent rust (corrosion inhibitors). If you've ordered metal or certain tools form a company that uses it you'd recognize it. It's called VCI paper.
Anti Corrosion, VCI Paper & Packaging Solutions | Green-VCI.com is one such company.

I contacted this other mfg'r for a prices and they only had huge quantities. But they did have a "sample" roll for $20. I don't remember the size but it was enough to do 4 very large pro tool boxes and still have half left over. I'll try and take a look at the roll for the company name if you want.

Anyway, I lined all my boxes with this stuff and then laid the non slip toolbox liner over it. The kind with holes. Corrosion is a thing of the past now. It's been in there 2 years and counting, still works fine. Granted my shop is heated but it still helps a lot using this stuff. I have a tool box in the car trailer/hauler as well and it sits outside all on it's own. No heat. The tools I have in there are doing great. So I know the stuff works and lasts a good long time.

That's my suggestion. No mess, inexpensive, long lasting.

EDIT: I looked for you, the company that has 'sample rolls' for only $20 is

Armor VCI Paper

http://www.theruststore.com/Rust-Preventers-C4.aspx has all sorts of products also and might be a one-stop for all such items (or amazon too, lol)

http://www.metalrescue.com carries a water based spray product that I have also used for items out in the barn that are hanging or loose. One application lasts about 2 years.
Metal Rescue - Dry Coat

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gearheadslife,

I used to live in Ohio. We moved to Colorado 10 years ago. The stuff I get away with in my shop now in the arid high plains of Colorado never would have worked 11 years ago in the humid climate of the midwest.

I gotta ask, where are you located?

John
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I use a lanolin-based product called Fluid Film. It's designed to do exactly what you are asking. It'll protect your tools and any bare iron/steel surfaces from rust without leaving them greasy or oily.

Hope this helps...
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gearheadslife,

I used to live in Ohio. We moved to Colorado 10 years ago. The stuff I get away with in my shop now in the arid high plains of Colorado never would have worked 11 years ago in the humid climate of the midwest.

I gotta ask, where are you located?

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Thanks for the tips/links guys
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What would be wrong with putting this (or the paper mentioned above) in voids in the car body to keep rust from forming over time?

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I also noticed that Kobakt offers a toolbox that inhibits rust; the plastic walls are infiltrated with "Zerust corrosion inhibitor.". I purchased one to use at my main business which is located in a harsh environment. So far this past summer, I did not see rust on the tools kept in the toolbox.
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I did a little resarch and the best deal on the Zerust liners appears to be at Lowe's (when you factor in shiipping, etc).

Zerust also makes car covers which provide corrosion pretection for 5 years and , while expensive, are interesting.

And they have a 63" x 45" x 19" "table saw" tool cover for $59.95 and one for ATVs, 92" x 53" x 51", for $49.95.

Interesting stuff.
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