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    Do you use frame saver or something similar?

    Hey all,

    I searched around but couldn't find much on this. I'm wondering whether or not you guys are using frame saver or something like that on your frames.
    I haven't used it on any of mine, but I'm wondering if it might be a good idea to start.


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    I like boeshield but really you can use lots of similar products.
    Bicycles | Boeshield T-9

    Honestly if you keep the bike inside you will do fine.

    You can also just spray WD40 into the tubes through the vent holes once every few months and/or use other similar products.
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    I'd love to hear what some old-timers think and do about this. I have lived in relatively dry climates but for those in the northern latitudes...may be a different story.

    I do (use Wiegle's Framesaver) just because it can't hurt. It's funny though, if you ride a bike long enough to actually *need* it...I'd be amazed. I had a 1950's era Western Flyer rust through & crack while I was riding it, but I've not heard of newer bikes do that, and my cruiser was left out in the rain & snow for the 10 yrs I had it.

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    I use boiled linseed oil. It's a long used rust protection and even recommended by the FAA.
    It is an oil that polymerizes while drying, forming an hard layer of protection.

    Effective, cheap, classy but a little messy to apply

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    I've used Framesaver on older bikes, but the last couple newer frames I've used T-9.
    Amolan

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    I think framesaver is worth it.
    my experience with T9 in shop applications was very disappointing. Moved on to CRC 3-36, but I haven't really had a chance to test it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar View Post
    I use boiled linseed oil. It's a long used rust protection and even recommended by the FAA.
    It is an oil that polymerizes while drying, forming an hard layer of protection.

    Effective, cheap, classy but a little messy to apply
    How do you apply the boiled linseed oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    How do you apply the boiled linseed oil?

    TIA!
    Well, that's the messy part.
    You need to inject the oil into the tubes, tape all the holes, dance a little with the frame and then pour the excess oil. I use a very large syringe for it

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    Unless you are planning to powdercoat the frame at a later date, there isn't a good reason to not use FS.

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    Thanks for the responses everyone.
    I was sort of expecting a lot of people to say that they don't use it. Interesting.
    I guess I'll look into it more.

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    I like BLO (boiled linseed oil). You could put it in a spray bottle, thinned somewhat by mineral spirits, spray into the tubes.

    Whatever you do, beware, the oil will leak out in weird spots in the bike for a while, keep it outdoors or something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbotron View Post
    I like BLO (boiled linseed oil).!
    Glad to know that I'm not the only one who still uses BLO.
    One other thing, it takes about 3-4 days to dry

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    And if you lay it on too thick, and then tilt your bike forward after day two, it may come out from your headset and make a mess of your floor. (Speaking from experience...)

    This reminds me, I haven't done this in forever to my bikes, I should reapply...

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    So do you just spray this stuff into the open ends of the tubes? Is it like a spray paint that will dry in there or is it more of an oily consistency? I'm working on a steel frame and am looking into using this stuff. Thanks for any info you can give me.

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    One more on the boiled linseed oil.

    Effective, cheap, classy but a little messy to apply
    Nothing to add...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Live Wire View Post
    Unless you are planning to powdercoat the frame at a later date, there isn't a good reason to not use FS.
    Part of what makes frame saver/blo a good rust preventative... Also makes it a pain in the ass to strip for powdercoat/paint.

    Having it property dry internally is a must for paint. A good PC'er will give it an extra stripping or baking cycle to make sure nothing leaches / off gasses into the finish.
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    Would it be better to framesave After PC/paint? New frames I mean.
    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by afwalker View Post
    Would it be better to framesave After PC/paint? New frames I mean.
    cheers
    andy walker
    Unless you are leaving it bare for a while, don't do any of this before paint/powder.
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    Another one in the linseed oil camp. Also great for spoke prep.

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