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Forum topic by adot45 posted 08-26-2018 09:21 PM 1528 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2018 09:21 PM

So after refreshing hand planes, what is the best step to take to keep them looking nice?
I read a lot of old threads here but was hoping something something has come along.
I like WD-40 as a rust remover but really haven’t had much luck with it as a preventive.
Please don’t suggest unicorn fat, it’s just too expensive in my area.

-- David -- sent from my linux box

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#1 posted 08-26-2018 09:49 PM

Some use 3n1 on a rag in a can like Paul sellers. I use JPW. Just have to reapply every couple months. I’ve found both work better wd40 long term.

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#2 posted 08-26-2018 10:00 PM

WD40 is a solvent not much for rust prevention. My shop, 3 in 1 on a rag, super light coat every time the tool is used.
?? how many times did you use your #4 this week?

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#3 posted 08-26-2018 11:32 PM

David, as mentioned WD-40 is good for displacing water and penetrating, but for preventing rust, plain old 3-in-1 works well, as does the jojoba oil that Lie-Nielsen sells. And in a pinch, even 10W-40 will do the trick.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 08-26-2018 11:48 PM

Almost any kind of oil works. I use fluid film. Spray it on, wipe it off.

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#5 posted 08-26-2018 11:54 PM

Hi Dave, I think I’m going to use 3 in 1 on some metal and JPW on similar metal and then see what gives the best results. Thanks

-- David -- sent from my linux box

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#6 posted 08-26-2018 11:56 PM

Thanks Don, I’ll check that out too.

-- David -- sent from my linux box

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#7 posted 08-27-2018 01:21 AM

LJ newwoodbutcher did a review last year for CRC 3-36 Multi-Purpose Lubricant and Corrosion Inhibitor. It’s about $30 for a gallon on Amazon. I bought the spray bottle figuring I’d get a gallon and refill it when it ran out, but here in Tucson there’s not a lot of rust to inhibit and I haven’t needed to refill yet.

Take a look at his review and see if it’s something that might work for you.

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#8 posted 08-27-2018 01:55 AM

I agree with Rich. CRC 3-36 is a rust inhibitor and will not affect any raw wood that requires a finish.

-- Wuddoc

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#9 posted 08-27-2018 02:18 AM

3n1 probably works better than wax. Has a pleasant smell as well.

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#10 posted 08-27-2018 03:05 AM

I use cheap mineral oil from the pharmacy, and wipe tools with an oily rag after use. That, lubricating with wax, abrading with wood, and climate control work pretty well.

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#11 posted 08-27-2018 04:21 AM

I am conducting an experiment with rust. Neighbor left his shovel, yet again, in my yard just tossed aside. Threw it behind the back fence. Waiting to see how long before it rust out.


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#12 posted 08-27-2018 10:04 AM

Unicorn fat? OH NO, every time some one mentions it, the price doubles again!
oops, guess it is 4x now. :(

Rust prevention for hand plane depends on many factors?
How you store it, how often you use it, How you sharpen blades, and where you live.

I store my planes in felt lined drawers under by bench, and simple coat of wax on cast iron works here in arid desert of Arizona. Usually wipe blades & chip breaker with oil after each sharpening, as I use water stones. Only put oil on cast iron body when packing away in long term storage as want avoid drawer felt getting soaked with oil.
Have noticed that if I use a freshly sharpened plane for a couple passes, then not use it for 3-6 months; that the cutting edge can develop some light surface rust. Not wanting to re-sharpen for next use, will use a small 1/4 inch foam make up applicator (borrowed from wife) with drop of oil and re-touch the cutting edge when the planes will be ignored during the grueling summer months.

I used to store my planes fully exposed in a wall mounted till when I lived in Missouri weather. A coating of wax AND oil was mandatory on every plane part to stop rust forming due constant cycling through dew point in temp uncontrolled garage shop. Especially when not used everyday.


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#13 posted 08-27-2018 10:39 AM

I use Jojoba oil, that’s what Lie Neilson sells for that purpose and it has no effect on the subsequent finishing. I keep a cloth in a plastic container and use to wipe the planes down after use.

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#14 posted 08-27-2018 12:54 PM

Thanks for all the information gents, just what I was hoping for.
I appreciate all your comments.

-- David -- sent from my linux box

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#15 posted 08-27-2018 01:44 PM

I use car wax.


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