I saw this on the web somewhere...a recipe for homemade Waxoyl....what do you guys think? A good idea, or cheaper/easier to just buy it?
Take a pound or so of parafin wax and grind
it up with a cheese grater. Soak it in a half gallon of mineral spirits
until all of the wax is dissolved. This might require allowing it to
sit in a closed container for a couple of weeks. Stirring will cause
most of the wax to dissolve, but soaking should take care of the rest.
Generally try to dissolve as much wax as the mineral spirits will hold.
After that, dump in a couple of pints of mineral oil ( less of a smell )
or non-detergent motor oil.
If the mixture is thick, thin it further with more mineral spirits until
it is of a sprayable consistency.
You know, Moss has a pretty good profit margin on this stuff. They sell the 2.5 liter re-fill for $34.70 and the 5 liter re-fil for $56.95.
The local wholesale tool sales place here has waxoyl in their catalog for $5 a gallon.
Good one, sam....of course, 99.9% of the people reading this have no idea what you mean.
The markup Harlan mentions is why I think I might try making my own...Im on a budget. My only worry is how to spray it, but Im thinking a garden supply insecticide sprayer and some small dia. tubing might do it...whattya think??
Brad I've made furniture wax this way (using Beeswax and Turpentine) and it will work. As for spraying it in, if you have access to a compressor you can buy a gun for rustspray real cheap (about $25.00 Can.) it come with wands to insert in holes. With the spray bottle or garden sprayer you will most likely have to heat it up slightly. Don't use an open flame, use a hot plate or double boiler or just leave it in the sun for an afternoon. Another alternative to mineral oil is winter weight (thinner) chainsaw oil (it used to lubricate the bars) the stuff is realing sticky and cheaper then mineral oil. Some guys up here use it all by itself for oil spraying cars. It can be a little messy as it red in colour.
You don't need a thick coat to do rustproofing with something that dries to a soft wax. I've kicked the idea of beeswax around for a while because it never gets brittle. Parafin with a little oil wouldn't either. In stead of heating it, just thin it to near the consistancy of water and it can get into the voids between spot welded panels by capillary action. Even if the seam is vertical and overhead it will go up into it if you get it wet enough and it won't clog your drain holes. I extended the wand on my undercoat gun to get the full length of the rocker panels, but an extended garden sprayer will do. Put cardboard under the sills and spray upward and to the sides with a twisting action from one end of the panel to the other. Note which way the nozzle has to point and mark your handle so you know which way the nozzle is aimed when it's out of sight. Give it a good douching until it runs out the drain holes. After it dries a day or so you can clean off the excess with mineral spirits and trash the cardboard.