Boeshield T-9…

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    I read somewhere that Mr. Sellers recommended something called Boeshield T-9 to protect metal from corrosion. I wanted to try it out on my cleaned up planes but I couldn’t find it locally. They have it at Rockler and Woodcraft but they’re pretty far from me. There’s always online, but then shipping $$$…

    I did some research and found out they make Boeshield T-9 for bicycle lubrication. Turns out this is quite a bit easier to find locally. If you live near an REI outdoors store they’ll have it. I think I paid 8 bucks (?) for a 4 ounce squeeze bottle. Also check–you guessed it: bicycle stores!

    Now, I do not know if this is exactly the same stuff. But after studying the label, their website, and actually using it for several months, I’m pretty convinced that it is. I think it is just re-badged as bike lube for marketing purposes. And it does work very well as a long-term rust inhibitor.


    Boeshield is good stuff and was developed by the Boeing company I believe as aviation grade lubricate to use during assembly. Another outstanding product that I use is CorrosionX and this too is and aviation grade lubricant, rust inhibitor, and penetrant. I buy mine online at Many of my colleagues are pilots as well as aircraft mechanics and they swear by this stuff in all of their aviation related projects such as building custom aircraft and engines. I use it religiously to protect all of my woodworking tools and other shop tools.

    Retired airPLANE driver. Learning a new lifestyle in woodworking is fantastic!


    Thanks Jeff, CorrosionX is indeed a great product.

    Link for UK members

    david o’sullivan

    nice one Jeff just ordered a bottle .thanks for the link ken. have been using 3 in 1 up to now

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

    John Purser

    I tried corrosionX and didn’t like the feel or the smell. I was considering going with something like gun bluing to keep the rust of non-contact areas of my tools like the sides of planes or hammer heads. Does anyone have experience with this or do you use something else?

    I live in the Pacific North West and just a coat of 3 in 1 oil doesn’t last long enough.


    John Purser
    Hubert, NC


    Try the Boeshield but in dropper bottle form instead of aerosol. That way it won’t get all over the place and won’t go airborne. In liquid form I apply several drops and smear them around with a finger to form a thick film that I let dry (I don’t even bother to wipe it off unless I need to use the tool right away). I have a Stanley #6 that looked like it spent time on the ocean floor when I got it. I stripped the entire thing down to bare metal and I didn’t even bother to repaint it (I call it my Road Warrior plane :-P). I just Boeshield-bomb it every once in a while and it stays rust-free.

    The smell isn’t really all that bad, and I’m pretty picky about chemical smells. It’s a bit parrafin-y in smell. I actually think its odor is less strong than 3-in-1.

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