Until you locate Boeshield, try putting a thin coat of motor oil on the tools.
How about a light coat of WD-40? It was originally designed to remove moisture from ICBMs, so I would think it would also work on hand tools
Rick Fritz said:Until you locate Boeshield, try putting a thin coat of motor oil on the tools.
We have many spray lubricants issued to us, even spray dry graphite. The issue is that it's been drilled into our heads to "never lubricate the surface of a striking tool." I'd be willing to try most suggestions, so I'll bring up the motor oil. Something has to be done with these tools, they're a constant mess.
Timothy Overly said:How about a light coat of WD-40? It was originally designed to remove moisture from ICBMs, so I would think it would also work on hand tools
It will Tim, and thanks for the suggestion.
The problem lies in the fact that the tools are in a constant state of moisture. We often find small puddles forming it the bottom of the compartments. WD-40 is used regularly in the summer and fall with great effectiveness.
Spray on dry graphite has been the most effective lubricant so far. It goes on and dries like a grey spraypaint, except for the striking surfaces that we have to keep 'clean' from everything.
I think it's going to come down to good old fashioned, clean your tools twice a day, station life.
Now, the only challenge is getting everyone else onboard!
Most of us spray the WD-40 onto a rag, then apply it to the bare metal portions of the tool (our axes come painted, except for the blade area and the pick). I was always tought to apply it this way to avoid overspray on the handle.
It wasn't until I started reading forums here at FE that I learned that WD-40 would do so much damage to other parts of the tool! Thanks for the information, I'll be sure to pass it on to the rest of the crew.