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Multitool TLC 45060

Newbie Posts: 8
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.
Full Member Posts: 103
Re: Multitool TLC
« Reply #91 on: September 06, 2016, 02:46:37 AM »
Just had a funny picture run through my head. I know some people with access to an air compressor use them to clean out their tools. I don't have any to use, and I was thinking about where I could go to use one. I remebered that they have compressors at gas stations to fill tires, and then I just pictured myself standing in a parking lot outside a gas station using the compressor to clean multi-tools...  :D Truly absurd! What won't I think of next.

If you do it, make sure to post a video on YouTube! Be sure to include people's reactions after they walk up and ask you what you're doing!  :facepalm:


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Newbie Posts: 7
Re: Multitool TLC
« Reply #92 on: March 05, 2017, 09:30:19 AM »
hi guys, anyone here has got problem with their LM developing spot rust? I currently own a Wave and started noticing that the LM is having rust spots all over it. I have taken it apart once and tried to remove as much of it as possible. However a couple of weeks later, the spots are back. And this time round I think they bought a couple of backups along. Any idea on how I can prevent them from appearing? Kinda reluctant to soak the whole unit into oil. TIA. Cheers ;)
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Re: Multitool TLC
« Reply #93 on: June 04, 2017, 10:47:04 PM »
Most stainless steels are stainless because the chrome will react with oxygen on the surface and make a thin surface film that prevents rust. If that surface film is disturbed or scratched the exposed chrome will again react with oxygen and form a new film. This works great in air.

It might still rust in environments or in spots if the surface is contact with something that breaks down the film faster than it can heal. That might be case if coming into touch with aggresive acids or salts - and in particular if combined with blockage of oxygen, or generally little oxygen in the environment. (Most stainless will suffer in common sea water). Basically cleaning and polishing so nasty stuff don't get stuck often helps. (Victorinox doesn't polish their stuff just to make it look shiny).

Another common issue is surface contamination with non-stainless steel. Such inclusions will rust, and they are easier to get than you'd think. Brushing using non stainless steel brushes, or tools/ sharpeners used with normal steel, rough contact with normal steel, or even worse welding spatter, will tend to start surface rust going.

Not sure if any of those apply to your case, but things to have in mind for the common stainless steel types.

« Last Edit: June 04, 2017, 10:50:33 PM by Vidar »

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Re: Multitool TLC
« Reply #94 on: September 05, 2017, 12:27:18 PM »
It is TLC related...  :whistle:
What's the highest sandpaper grit you need when polishing sak tools and scales?  :think:
1500? 9000?

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Re: Multitool TLC
« Reply #95 on: September 11, 2017, 07:01:35 AM »
I guess no one reads El stickies.  :D

Hooked, like everyone else. :D

Small knives do what big knives do, just slower.

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Re: Multitool TLC
« Reply #96 on: September 11, 2017, 07:08:19 AM »
I guess no one reads El stickies.  :D
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