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    Good work Mikee!

    So the question is, how do I get Frame Saver OUT of my Waltworks?! Ha ha. It's actually a bit concerning because I can't imagine what's happening inside my frame at the moment given the moisture it's subjected to for the most part of the year?!

    The good news for me is that the Fluid Film product is readily available and a lot cheaper than Frame Saver...

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    Just J,

    You bring up a good point.

    I was actually thinking the same thing and was wanting to do some other experimenting with things like rubbing alcohol/brake clean/different degreasers etc. to find out which one would easily wash away these products. I just simply havent done any testing yet...
    I would consider trying doing this with rubbing alcohol.

    Sidenote:

    This testing was “EXTREME”
    I’m confident that your tubing is safe right now with framesaver.

    But it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade in the future

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    Thanks Mikee, yes I'd be inclined to slosh some Isopropyl Alcohol around the insides of the frame. Next time the frame is stripped, I will take a good look and report back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    Good work Mikee!

    So the question is, how do I get Frame Saver OUT of my Waltworks?!
    It looks like you could use battery acid to get it out.
    Latitude 61

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    FWIW I've used Fluid Film over existing products. I would think treating over Frame Saver should be fine. If you did want to remove Frame Saver I'm sure Laquer Thinner would do it but then again it would remove paint too. Maybe a project for the next paint job.

    Thanks again to the OP for running this test! I can't say I'm too surprised. I tried several products on my cars before I settled on Fluid Film. I have cars that have seen a decade of Cleveland winters and the Fluid Film is keeping them very rust free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sryanak View Post
    It looks like you could use battery acid to get it out.
    LOL good idea, why didn’t I think of that?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeetheviking View Post
    Thanks bucksaw87!

    Glad you are enjoying this!

    If anyone has any product recommendations for a 2019 shootout
    do share!
    Maxima chain wax. It goes on very liquid like kerosene. Sake your bike around and let it drain out the holes. It then dries like the stuff car brake rotors come coated with. (I also use it on new vehicles in the cracks and crevasis) I even used Maxima chain wax inside my aluminum frame to prevent corrosion for ocean beach rides and salty winter Michigan roads. I don't like to use it to wax my chain however. Squirt lube works better than any previous wax I have used except maybe boiling the chain in paraffin.(waxing since 1975)

    Cleaner - use brake rotor cleaner to get any of this oil out of your frame. (basically the same stuff dry cleaners use)

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    Lol sryanak

    Yes ferrstein, I think you have the right idea just spraying Fluid Film right over the Framesaver should work.

    k.b. “Maxima chainwax noted!

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    Cool thread and great test! I've used Fluid Film for a few years now. Great product. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I read that it's non toxic, all natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshtee View Post
    Cool thread and great test! I've used Fluid Film for a few years now. Great product. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I read that it's non toxic, all natural.
    Indeed. It is basically lanolin, so it does have the risk of making your skin really soft. The spray cans have propellants that are probably not harmless but this stuff isn't nearly as toxic as most things of this nature. I do wear a respirator to keep from inhaling the mist when I apply it... but then again I pretty much always wear a respirator when I'm making dust or fumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrstein View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by joshtee View Post
    Cool thread and great test! I've used Fluid Film for a few years now. Great product. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I read that it's non toxic, all natural.
    Indeed. It is basically lanolin, so it does have the risk of making your skin really soft. The spray cans have propellants that are probably not harmless but this stuff isn't nearly as toxic as most things of this nature. I do wear a respirator to keep from inhaling the mist when I apply it... but then again I pretty much always wear a respirator when I'm making dust or fumes.
    Fluid Film produces a number of products: "lanolin-based brand of corrosion preventive and lubricant". The one tested is available in an aerosol and non-aerosol. Description on site includes:
    • "a non-toxic, long lasting, thixotropic liquid"
    • "formulated from specially processed wool-wax, highly refined petroleum oils and selected agents"

    The SDS lists ingredients of the aerosol version as:
    • Refined petroleum oil, hydrotreated heavy paraffinic
    • Petroleum gases, liquified, sweetened
    • Benzenesulfonic Acid, Di-C10-18-alkyl derivs., calcium salts
    The non-aerosol drops the middle ingredient.

    I assume those are the ingredients in addition to Lanolin?

    (wikipedia on Lanolin mentions "Commercial products (e.g. Lanocote) containing up to 85% lanolin are used to prevent corrosion in marine fasteners, especially when two different metals are in contact with each other and saltwater.")
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    Fluid Film produces a number of products: "lanolin-based brand of corrosion preventive and lubricant". The one tested is available in an aerosol and non-aerosol. Description on site includes:

    • "a non-toxic, long lasting, thixotropic liquid"
    • "formulated from specially processed wool-wax, highly refined petroleum oils and selected agents"

    The SDS lists ingredients of the aerosol version as:
    • Refined petroleum oil, hydrotreated heavy paraffinic
    • Petroleum gases, liquified, sweetened
    • Benzenesulfonic Acid, Di-C10-18-alkyl derivs., calcium salts

    The non-aerosol drops the middle ingredient.

    I assume those are the ingredients in addition to Lanolin?

    (wikipedia on Lanolin mentions "Commercial products (e.g. Lanocote) containing up to 85% lanolin are used to prevent corrosion in marine fasteners, especially when two different metals are in contact with each other and saltwater.")
    Based on this thread, I purchased a can of Fluid Film (I have been using T9 to coat my frames.... seems like I could do better). I applied a generous coat to tubes of Salsa Fargo, and it really smells strongly of lanolin (gamey).

    I regret my decision. I sometimes go bikepacking in bear county (Sierras), and am genuinely concerned that the strong smell will attract bears. Bears have a better sense of smell than dogs, and this bike now is redolent of calorie-dense animal fat

    I may try taking the bike apart and trying to rinse off the Fluid Film with alcohol, then apply WD-40 Specialist Long Term Corrosion Inhibitor.

    Does anyone else share my concern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NudeRanch View Post
    Based on this thread, I purchased a can of Fluid Film (I have been using T9 to coat my frames.... seems like I could do better). I applied a generous coat to tubes of Salsa Fargo, and it really smells strongly of lanolin (gamey).

    I regret my decision. I sometimes go bikepacking in bear county (Sierras), and am genuinely concerned that the strong smell will attract bears. Bears have a better sense of smell than dogs, and this bike now is redolent of calorie-dense animal fat

    I may try taking the bike apart and trying to rinse off the Fluid Film with alcohol, then apply WD-40 Specialist Long Term Corrosion Inhibitor.

    Does anyone else share my concern?
    No.
    But that doesn't mean there isn't something to it.

    I was working on reviving friend's kid's bikes this evening, after they were left out in the rain & snow all winter. Since this is likely to remain the case moving forward, and having a can of Fluid Film handy in anticipation of treating my frames, I decided to use it to treat various rusty parts, wiping a thin coat into many a rust spot and joint. We'll see how it protects going forward.

    All the chains were rusty. So I tried some on those too. Except for one chain that's a write-off, Fluid Film seemed to revive them very well: smooth, quiet, but I've no idea on abrasion or chain wear in the future with all of that ferrous oxide lubed around those joints. Most of the joints in the write-off chain revived well, with many initially reluctant, some had to be forced to move (and shortly worked well), while a few stayed seized. I'll certainly try it on the replacement chain I get, as I'm certain the bikes will be spending their entire time outdoors in the weather.

    I used it to lube a seized brake line I got to move. Once lubed with Fluid Film, it improved movement, but not enough for my liking, so that line will be replaced. I'll try a bit on the replacement line, and a few others, to see if this stops these kids bikes from rusting/seizing at the low point in the lines. Not something we're usually concerned with regarding our bikes that get regular maintenance and aren't left outside 24/7 to rust in the weather. I'm hesitant to try it on my quality lines, which I've never had any issue with.

    So with a number of treated parts and surfaces on three bikes, with a number of over lubricated points, one absolutely soaked chain and thoroughly treated hands (that I'm certain won't rust for a decade), there was no discernible smell left once the aerosol smell evaporated away. None of the pets showed any interest in the bike, spray can or drippings - nor my hands. I wasn't attacked, followed nor propositioned by any coyotes nor bears on my way home, nor by any of the misquotes that was bothering the kids' mom.

    Despite lanolin's reputation for making for supple skin, I easily washed it off with soap and water. My hands do feel nice: smoother, softer than usual, but not oily nor greasy. I can't say that I discern any return of youthful elasticity. Your results may vary.

    Perhaps you could treat a bike and hang it in the woods in front of a trail cam.

    I suppose you could add something spicy to sprinkle on the lanolin in the tubes, then hope none of the bears were former dump-bears and learnt to like Mexican.

    (I did find one alleged incident of the use of Lanolin attributed to causing an angry dragon to approach a smurf, but I believe that report should be regarded with some suspicion.)
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    I've never had an issue with bears and oiled wool sweaters, but not a lot of time in bear country with them, and who knows what other smells I may have had that were a deterrent. Haven't heard of any issues either.

    There is this, regarding the making of bear lures.
    When using skunk essence, three ounces of pure tincture can be mixed with a pound or more of lanolin or a smaller amount of glycerin.
    https://archive.usgs.gov/archive/sit...h/NCDElure.htm

    And lanolin turns up in supply sources as a base for making lures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NudeRanch View Post
    ... I applied a generous coat to tubes of Salsa Fargo, and it really smells strongly of lanolin (gamey)...
    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    No.
    But that doesn't mean there isn't something to it.

    ... there was no discernible smell left once the aerosol smell evaporated away. None of the pets showed any interest in the bike, spray can or drippings - nor my hands. ...
    wow
    definite smell
    Left the can in the back of the van in the sun.
    • I'm just back from some more work on another of those kids' bikes. This included applying a tiny bit of Fluid Film to some parts (a few bolts, rims, spokes). Occasional smell coming and going. Went, "what's that smell?"
    • Sprayed a fresh bit of Fluid Film out onto a bit of paper towel. Very gamy smell, almost trying to be putrid. Smell lingers in the air for a while, then subsides. Smell on hands subsides.
    • Pets showed no interest nor aversion to it. No discernible reaction at all. Not even to check it out. I find that very odd, as they'll check out most new smells; however, the previously treated bikes are in the same yard.
    • Hands washed clean with soap and water, no smell.

    I have no idea if the in-sun bake caused or enhanced the smell, or if I somehow missed it the first time using Fluid Film. Considering how distinct the smell is, I can't imagine missing it, but who knows.

    • Rusty parts treated the other day look great and work great. No discernible smell.
    • Wiped in a tiny bit of Fluid Film to a new brake cable before running it through a new housing. I know this one will be in the rain, with the housing end facing up, so we'll see if it gets water pooling in the bottom loop of the housing and rusting like the last one. Cable is a jagwire die-extruded stainless left over from a box I had. Housing is CGX-SL. We'll see how long it lasts with that abuse.
    • Found references to using Fluid Film on motorcycle chains. They liked it. No longevity reports.
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    Great experiment! Seems to back up my at best mixed results with Frame Saver especially in my ROS9, seatpost fit is not as tight in that one and get some water intrusion thru stress relief slit on front side of the seat tube. Original owner also seemed to have submerged the frame as water came out of chainstays and rust everywhere else but pretty easy clean or rust reformer application thru frame holes and buffed out the inside of the seatpost a bit with a Dremel. But it was a cheap score on ebay.

    Nabbed a can of Fluid Film yesterday at O'Reilly auto and treated the ROS9 and ROS9+ this morning. Didn't detect any "gamey" smell(at least not the like the shit I've killed and/or field dressed) just the lanolin smell. Had switched to a combo of marine grease and wax based lubricants.
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