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Unread 01-27-2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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Axls and Leaf springs coated with Boiled linseed oil

So here is my plan to wirewheel the axls and leaf springs then slather a bunch of boiled linseed oil all over them (mainly because i am super cheap and it is only going to cost me like $15) . I have not heard of of a many people doing this most use POR 15 or some other paint/rust preventitive.

So my questions are will boiled linseed oil work?

and

Is it that much better to use por 15 or a similar product?

Thanks in advance

semaJ

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Unread 01-27-2010, 12:10 PM   #2
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Are you SERIOUS ???
Linseed oil will have every speck of dust dirt and whathave you clinging to it.
Your axels arent wooden are they ??
If they were it would soak in but metal ????

If you're goin thru the trouble to wire brush them down why not shoot a couple cans of derusto from wallyworld about 10 jeep bucks
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Unread 01-27-2010, 12:19 PM   #3
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I think he's refering to guys who coat the inside of their frames with linseed oil as a rust preventative. This is obviously because you can't get to the inside of the frame to paint with anything. Linseed oil is better than nothing in this case.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 12:43 PM   #4
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Yeah I think a couple cans of Rust-o-leum is a better alternative and should be just fine... Linseed Oil is a stopgap measure for inside frames as BioTex said.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 01:12 PM   #5
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Sweet guys that is exactly why I asked. I knew there was a reason.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 01:17 PM   #6
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That probably won't work. Your axles and springs are going to be exposed to a lot of harsh conditions exposed as the are to the elements. Linseed oil will probably be fine as a coating inside a frame where it's more protected. I'm an engineer on ships. There is an old school use of linseed oil as a preservative on uninsulated low pressure steam pipes out on the weather decks. The pipe would be heated with an oxi-acetylene torch and then coated with linseed oil. It worked, but not for too long. It would have to be re-coated once or twice a year. This was used a lot on fishing boats.
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