kyrrk

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Hello. It's been raining for almost a week, and moist seems to affect my tools and making it rusty. I'm thinking if coconut oil if good? Any insights?

I have pliers, wing divider, prong pliers, and few tools having rust. Although some can be easily wiped off, I still want to put something to avoid the rust. 

Thank you all.

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49 minutes ago, kyrrk said:

Hello. It's been raining for almost a week, and moist seems to affect my tools and making it rusty. I'm thinking if coconut oil if good? Any insights?

I have pliers, wing divider, prong pliers, and few tools having rust. Although some can be easily wiped off, I still want to put something to avoid the rust. 

Thank you all.

Hi...the leathercare product I talk about here: 

...works fine on tools, too. If I have a bit left on a rag after doing my leather treatment, I'll give any tools lying about a quick wipe with it.

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@Alisdair oh my bad, I don't know how to move threads. 

Unfortunately, we don't have turpentine here. I've seen that recipe for waterproofing and it looks like it works like charm. So you mean, I can apply some of my homemade wax to tools I use? It contains almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax and a little of carnauba wax. 

Thank you for taking time

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Dry the tools. Get as much of the rust off as you can. Apply your leather work beeswax mix. Do not put it on until the tools are dry otherwise you will trap the moisture on the metal and they will continue to rust. I used to put beeswax mixture on my woodworking hand tools to keep the rust off them

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Yep, your beeswax mix will work to create a barrier between the metal and the air. 

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I've found that solid waxes (beeswax, carnauba, etc.) work best if the tools are heated a little (hair dryer is plenty of heat) before applying.  This serves two functions.  It eliminates any water that didn't wipe off, and it ensures getting the paste wax into all the small nooks and crannies in the tools.

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We clean rust with oxalic acid and then rub paraffin into a little piece of flannel and polish the tool. Works great.

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