I have many "bar" clamps of the "Quick-Grip" variety. They have served me
well for many years but have a tendency to rust. Since I live in Florida and
have a shop in my garage I am exposed to a humidity problem. My present
solution is to sand the bars and then apply a heavy coat of furniture wax.
It works.....for a while. Has anyone found an easy solution to this type of
problem, such as a spray that an be applied periodically?? Being
intrinsically lazy, I am looking for a simple, fast and economical solution.
Presumably, it's steel? You can form a stable black oxide on steel,
removing the wax, heating, and either using a blueing compound or
(really old fashioned) some rags and vinegar. Clean the result,
heat again, and rub down with a waxy rag (paraffin will do, some
like beeswax); the slightly blackened steel will hold the wax better
than the clean post-sanding steel.
A dehumidifier, run in your shop for an hour each evening, will
condensation well enough to keep the steel bits from growing dewdrops.
I use a temperature/humidity "weather station" in the basement to
keep an eye on the hazard to all my rustables, and seasonally adjust
All my tools are kept in the garage for now and I don't seem to have
problems with most tools (I keep the TS covered and use Boeshield on
it) but I have noticed creeping crud on my Irwin bar clamps lately.
I'll try oxalic acid to get the stuff off the black oxide, but what
about using something like Boeshield on the clamps? I still want them
to clamp. ;-)
On 10/21/2016 5:28 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Have you tried to apply car wax to the parts that are rusting. While
it takes a little time if there is heavy rust a very fine sand paper can
remove it with out damaging the surface. when the rust is gone apply car
wax and buff it out.
I use car wax on all of my equipment, such as the drill press and the
table saw. I also use it on some of my small tools that have a tendency
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