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post #21 of 24 Old 04-14-2019, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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From what I read while researching...3 in One oil (the original formulation) has no silicone in it. When using the rag in a can on a tool, you feel no detectable oily feel, but it sure makes a difference when gliding over a board with a metal plane. I don't use it on my wooden planes...I use bees wax.
Glad you pointed that out, I was worried that I wasn't putting enough on my tools as I couldn't feel it. Holding them to the light shows a slight difference though

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Rust - Polyurethane, Paint, wd40, sewing oil, silicone grease

Museum wax stuff sounds cool and oil cloth. Many of my tools are for mechanical or rough construction almost nothing for finished projects. I live next to a canyon with heavy condensing moisture which will displace virtually any oil or grease given time. Many of my small hand tools are rusted rehabs - so I wire brush, sharpen, if applicable, then paint them, or apply a favorite - clear oil-based polyurethane.



Also, Linseed oil for both wood and metal.WD-40 on the metal of concrete tools.
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Top-Kote works great, your hand planes will fly over your wood! I use TC-11 oil in a Paul Sellers can; it is a Marine product from Hawaii, specifically for protecting metal in marine environments via some sort of paraffin that doesn’t interfere with finishing. That said, I find that after several months of the oily wipe down, there will be a grimy buildup that I take off with mineral spirits.

BTW, I find that WD-40 is too light and strips away heavier oils. After a short while, the metal still rusts, sometimes worse than if I had not bothered with the WD.
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That clear polyurethane suggestion is good too. In fact some tools, like cheapo combination squares, come with a thin coating of clear epoxy paint, which is going to be the toughest coating. However, even epoxy wears through and refreshing it can be brutal, so it’s probably best used for lower wear areas like the sides of the planes.
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