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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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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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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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