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perserving mild steel tools in marine enviroment Answered

hi,
I am planning to be living in a boat this summer, and will need to bring along sufficant tools for any maintenance I will need to do, and will need to bring screw drivers, spanners, saw, hand drill, plane, etc. it's a large boat compared to my tool collection so I'm not worried about weight, also, i'm not going to bring any power tools.

I was thinking i'lll wrap with all in oily rags. will this be enough?

cheers. Dominic

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RangerJ

7 years ago

Coat the metal surfaces with paste wax. Obviously, you can only do this on tools you can oil in the first place. You can't oil a file, so don't wax it either.

Once you get them all waxed, find a place to put them in that will keep them dry. Find a sizable packet of silica gel (or a bunch of little ones) to keep in there with them, to absorb moisture. I keep every pack that comes in any electrical or electronic device I buy, but you might be able to scrounge some from a retailer.

Take some wax with you, and apply it regularly, especially after using the tools.

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matsojr22

10 years ago

Also be careful not to get water in your jar of oil. It will still make your bits rust... if you see bubles of seperated stuff in the oil, like salad dressing, you need new oil.

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LinuxH4x0r

10 years ago

should be. If not use some fine sandpaper to clean up any rust that forms. Keep drill bits and other fine pieces in a jar of oil

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NachoMahmaLinuxH4x0r

Reply 10 years ago

. And if you get salt on the tools, rinse them in fresh water before putting back in the oil.