My two shoulder planes keep getting rust marks even though I coat them
with wax and a liberal coat of T9. nothing else rusts in my shop and
it's not from humidity; it's from my fingers. Short of wearing gloves,
what might I to coat the sides of these planes with so I don't have to
keep removing rust. the soles are fine; it's just the sides where my
sweaty hands have touched.
Maybe nothing Dave. This is something that guitar players have moaned about
forever. People like me have sweat than just seems to rust things and we'll
rot a set of strings in no time. I have to change my strings almost 3 times
as often as other people I play with. Fortunately, I don't worry much about
keeping my tools shine like new, or I'd drive myself crazy.
Not to mention attack finishes, peel plating, etc... Some of my
basses have some parts with corrosion so scary, I can't believe it
came from my body.
On a side note, I've seen bicycles with aluminum parts so corroded by
sweat that they literally crumbled and broke.
One of my friends (a smoker and a lab chemist) has sweat as corrosive as
something from Alien. A great many silver-plate ornaments have suffered
his black fingerprints o'doom and there's even one etched into the
chrome plated traverse handwheel of the lathe.
Maybe you could gun-blue your shoulder plane ?
I'll second Bob's suggestion. I prefer to oil my tools than put a coat
of wax. Paste wax is hard and won't penetrate the metal's surface
(unless it's liquid parafin wax). You touch your plane while you're
applying the wax and I think the wax is sealing in the sweat from your
fingers. If you can't find camellia oil online you can use any
vegetable oil though I prefer camellia oil because it's thinner and
isn't as sticky. A little goes a long long way.
On Sat, 15 Oct 2005 19:48:37 GMT, "BillyBob"
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