I've been using Camelia oil on my hand tools for a few years now to
protect them from rust. I've noticed that some tools which I've
treated with the oil and have had in storage for many months develop a
sticky, brownish waxy film on which is fairly difficult to remove.
Has anyone had this happen before using Camelia oil? I'm wondering if
I am applying it to heavily, or doing something else wrong with its
I believe that this oil is used as a skin moisturizer, but I'm
If it is indeed Camellia oil, clean with Kerosene.
I'd use light machine oil instead of Camellia oil for protection.
On Feb 4, 3:58 am, email@example.com wrote:
Camellia oil is a naturally occuring oil (from a nut that grows in
china) that contains about 10% linseed oil. So, the sticky film is
probably the linseed oil starting to harden. Once that hardens, it is
tough to dissolve. Maybe some type of paint stripper?
I've never heard of camellia oil containing linseed, although the
typical toolshop retail grade of it is a scented fish oil. If you want
the genuine camellia, try Chinese hairdressing supplies. The fishy
stuff is great for hot oil bluing though.
I've never noted camellia (either sort) going gummy either. It does do
so after a couple of years on the paper lining the bottom of my oil
case, but that's a pathological example. certainly not for rational
coatings on steel.
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