Help Prevent Rust

Thu Dec 01, 2005 10:08 pm

A fella I know gave me a tip and I've tried it this year. To help keep tractors and emplements not in use from rusting he takes a garden sprayer and mixes motor oil with kerosene and sprays down whatever. I've got plenty stuff outside cause I'm out of room inside and usually I paint with cheep black spray paint many items to protect but the spray with oil is alot faster for big items and cheep too. So this year all the big items outside have been sprayed down with 30W. I'm going to keep an eye out to see how long the protection lasts. This fellow also sprays down whole tractors when they first come in before they go to the barn. When they are ready to work on them they get a power washing to remove the oil. I'm figuring the oil bath might have some penetrating benifit also. I noticed when applying the protection that it seems to wick its way into every noock and cranny. Anyone else ever see or do this?

Thu Dec 01, 2005 10:22 pm

Sounds like a low tech "Cosmoline"


Thu Dec 01, 2005 10:53 pm

30W non-detergent applied without diluting will work even better. Non-detergent won't weather off as easily if you can find it. Heating the oil will help it spray easier. I did it several years ago and used a metal garden sprayer and placed it on a hot plate to heat the oil until it started smoking slightly. So far, so good. Then I inserted the pump and pressurized the tank. When the hot oil got to the (overlooked) plastic hose it blew up like a balloon and it burst instantly blowing most of the hot oil in the air. :( :( :( Exciting is an understatement! There is no way to stop the excitement.

After replacing the hose with a rubber one I re-started the project with a new batch of oil and it worked very well.

I was using the hot oil to treat my previous pickup to stop and prevent further damage from road salt and it worked well. I'm sure it would work well for implements stored outdoors.

Sun Dec 18, 2005 10:07 pm

thats the same stuff they use on concrete forms to keep the cement from sticking

Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:20 pm

I use diesel and old oil, does the trick.