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Protectants/Penetrants for bare steel parts

Ok, so I had a good testimonial thread on things I tested as far as WD40, Liquid Wrench, Fluid Film, household oil etc for protecting metallic parts that rust a couple years back on another forum, which is no longer around so I figure I would do another one for those people wondering.

I will start with Fluid Film. Here is a piece I covered half in Fluid FIlm and left the other bare and put it out in the weather for about a month and half. The pictures say it all.

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This one is Household oil, WD-40 and Liquid Wrench. Same amount of time in the elements.

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The Household oil did alright, WD-40 did the best out of these tree and the Liquid Wrench did the worst. The oil pretty much made its way off the piece of steel where L.W. and WD merely evaporated to a point. One thing you need to remember is if you are using something like this you must look at if its majority a solvent, which evaporates. If you are using oil you must recoat your items every so often. If you use grease, you don't have to worry about it running off.

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This one is Lucas Oil's Tool Box BUddy. As you can see the coated side of the testing piece. This product did around the same level of protecting as the household oil IMO.

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Here are two products from Krown. As of Dec 24th 2013, it was raining when I put these outside.

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April 20th 2014 after sitting out in a snowy winter.


There is an obvious thing between all products I have tried so far, anything that sits on the protectant will make it disperse quicker by contact and movement. As far as before the snow was flying the rain had about the same effect on other products however it doesn't seem to be exactly like Fluid Film. Krown does 'bubble' when you apply it to the bare metal, albeit it doesn't seem to embed into the surface as much? That is what I see any how.

As other products I come across, I will continue to post. Reminder, these will not be a 'cover-all' protectant, you must STILL use something else to shield from the elements if outside storage is the only option. Poly tarps work well, however the single layer ones shred from the wind and eventually from weight of anything overtime. Buy dual-layered tarps for any equipment outside PLUS either one of these on bare metal surfaces!!!

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