Re: Multitool TLC
« Reply #90 on: September 03, 2016, 09:54:22 PM »
Personally I swear by ballistol (a rather good oil) on edc items once every couple months. other items once when it looks like they need it. its the duct tape of oils imho (plus you could probably drink it its that food safe) another upside is it eats rust!
was not familiar with this product, it does look safe, but the warning is sort of odd
Ballistol does not contain ingredients considered hazardous by the FDA. It does not contain any ingredients which may be harmful for warm-blooded organisms, reptiles or aquatic organisms (if used as directed). If swallowed, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING, ASPIRATION CAN OCCUR. CONSULT A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY.
if it is so safe, why do I need to contact a physician?
Balistol has mineral spirits as an ingredient, fairly safe for external use, not good for internal use.
It's one of my favorites for use with my "wood & steel" guns. It is safe for most finishes and handy for treating and removing rust. That said, it's okay for a protective oil. It can be washed off, but pretty durable otherwise.
I've been tempted to run my LMs through the dishwasher, after a citrus degreaser. But usually, I rinse them in clean water and apply a good gun lube to the pivots. Then work the lube into the pivot, wiping the dirt/rust/grime away as it works out of the pivot joint.
This usually works well for several months, but I try to do this every 3 to 4 months. It's a habit I got into being in a trade that uses hand tools all the time.