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    Default long-term rust protection of bare metal

    Included with my '32 Coupe are several pieces of sheetmetal, presumably repro parts. There's a RF fender, pair of running boards, a floor pan for the rumble seat area, and the shroud that goes beneath the radiator and wraps around the front inside of the springs, plus a spare tire "well" or pocket that goes in a front fender. This is all bare, unpainted steel, and I have no immediate plans to install the stuff.

    How best to protect it? I'm thinking of spraying it with a light-weight oil of some sort. (ATF?, motor oil?) Everything will be stored inside, but not in a heated area. This protection might have to last 10 or more years.

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    Maybe think about priming it. You will end up re-priming later, but for now it would be a full coating that won't evaporate or wipe off on things.
    I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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    Quote Originally Posted by darryl View Post
    Maybe think about priming it. You will end up re-priming later, but for now it would be a full coating that won't evaporate or wipe off on things.

    Primer doesn't stop rust. Common misconception.

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    LPS3.

    Or if you have trouble finding it locally then look in the motor cycle shops for some chain wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Amick View Post
    Primer doesn't stop rust. Common misconception.
    Every once in a while I'll see a car being driven around with a coat of primer on it and feeling sad knowing the really hard lesson that the car's owner is going to get about why you don't do that.

    Steve

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    to keep my saw blades from rusting I use mothers wax. works on the hand saws and the buzz saw that goes on the back of the tractor.

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    Phosphoric acid rust converter?
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    If you really have no plans for these parts for 10 years, just roll on a quick, thin coat of exterior latex paint. I would feel better stripping that and painting over the panel rather than putting oil or other rust preventative on it.

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