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Old 01-11-2020, 08:18 PM
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I have tools I keep on the boat in one of those orange watertight boxes and I have to replace some of them every couple of years because of corrosion. Screw driver bits are the worst, they corrode fast. I bought some desiccant pouches to put in the box because I am going to buy new tools, will the pouches help keep the corrosion to a minimum? Any other suggestions on what to do?
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Wipe them down with Corrosion-X
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:22 PM
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take the box off of the boat when you are not using the boat
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:23 PM
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I take a can of wd40 with the red straw and spray down the wrenches in my tool box periodically. You could do the same. Wd40 doesn't have much of an odor and does a good job keeping them from rusting. Maybe buy a little carry on tool box and just give it a spray after you're done using them.
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I wrap my tools in a well oiled rag then put in a ziplock, and stored in a plastic orange water tight amo box. the key is to have the rag well oiled. it works for me. so does a bottle of dawn soap to get the oil off my hands!
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Harbour freight is your new best friend. Cheap enough to buy again and only get used in a emergency.
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Originally Posted by Daisylo View Post
I wrap my tools in a well oiled rag then put in a ziplock, and stored in a plastic orange water tight amo box. the key is to have the rag well oiled. it works for me. so does a bottle of dawn soap to get the oil off my hands!
I was always taught that oily rags are self combustible...but what do I know, Im a boomer.
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Originally Posted by Delduck View Post
Harbour freight is your new best friend. Cheap enough to buy again and only get used in a emergency.
this has been posted in a lot of these tool box threads but this is how I built out my box. HF actually has socket wrenches that are made of a polymer material with only the ratcheting portion metal. I keep the blue anti corrosion tabs (from flambeau tackle boxes) scattered throughout my box. Also wipe down all the stuff in there with a rag that I’ve sprayed some sort of oil on. Wd40, penetrating oil, etc. I’ve avoided products like fluid film because they seem to leave a tackier/thicker layer of residue.

some combo of repeated oiling and relentless effort to keep them dry/salt out of the box does the trick.
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I use Corrosion Block or Bio Shield depending on the tool and use. I have to use it on tools in the shop since we live on the water in Florida. Good plated tools or SS tools do well.
On the boat I keep the individual sets of tools in zip lock bags and then in two canvas satchel bags. There Isi a box by the helm, with a pair of Vise Grips, 6 in one screw driver, ratchet box wrench for a common sized nut used in several adjustable items, needle nose pliers, set of Allen wrenches. etc--tools which are used every day or needed in an emergency.
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I like Flitz metal polish and wax
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
I have tools I keep on the boat in one of those orange watertight boxes and I have to replace some of them every couple of years because of corrosion. Screw driver bits are the worst, they corrode fast. I bought some desiccant pouches to put in the box because I am going to buy new tools, will the pouches help keep the corrosion to a minimum? Any other suggestions on what to do?
Chinese garbage ,buy good ones.....
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I've had the same tools on my boat for over 5 yrs now, they look as new as they did the day I bought them. I have a Food Saver vacuum sealer, make the bag the size you need and seal the tools inside, place sealed bag inside an orange containers and your good to go. If you make the bag a couple inches longer than it needs to be, you can open it right along the sealed seam and have enough bag surface left to reseal them in the same bag. Wrenches go in one bag, screw drivers in another, allen wrenches in another and so fourth. They are tools, not emergency items, so if it takes a few seconds to get into them, it's no big deal. They are only for use away from the dock, if I'm going to be working on the boat on the trailer or lift, my regular, non boat tools get used.
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Try this:

https://www.boeshield.nl
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Originally Posted by Diverboy View Post
I've had the same tools on my boat for over 5 yrs now, they look as new as they did the day I bought them. I have a Food Saver vacuum sealer, make the bag the size you need and seal the tools inside, place sealed bag inside an orange containers and your good to go. If you make the bag a couple inches longer than it needs to be, you can open it right along the sealed seam and have enough bag surface left to reseal them in the same bag. Wrenches go in one bag, screw drivers in another, allen wrenches in another and so fourth. They are tools, not emergency items, so if it takes a few seconds to get into them, it's no big deal. They are only for use away from the dock, if I'm going to be working on the boat on the trailer or lift, my regular, non boat tools get used.
The vacuum seal idea is what I do and it works great.
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Spray fluid film on them, then wipe it with a rag so the coating is light.
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I spray a lot of wd 40.

Tools like cutters ,needle nose pliers etc. I rinse in fresh water at end of trip, dry a bit and wd40 them. Works well enough for me.

I almost buy better stuff then I recall the times silly things happen and a tool is in the drink. I keep a drawer organizer thingy from harbor freight under the windshield that certain things live in. I pretty much keep a 1/8 inch or so wd40 in a few compartments and it works for me. I plan to build a tackle station. The drawers for tools will have pads to hold wd40 tattoos can rest on. I cant escape moisture even under the hard top. Not horrible but enough to rust things.
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These VCI Pro Chips have worked amazingly well in my boat and camper to keep tools and tackle rust free.
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x2 on ziplock vacuum bag for bits and non stainless tools, then inside the orange water tight ammo style box.
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PB Blaster makes a great anti corrosion spray. Wipe everything down with this and they should be fine.
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Spray some Fluid Film on them.

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