Applying waxoyl to a bike frame

chug666

Active Member
Hi all,

I'm building a croix de fer as a do it all bike and having read a bit on the pros and cons of pre- build frame protection I thought I'd give it a go. Went for waxoyl aerosol because I had some in the garage and it gets as many mentions as other options. My thoughts on the process:

1. It is messy! I tried heating up the can of waxoyl so it went on a bit less clumpy (put it in a measuring jug of hot water) and that possibly helped, but it still went everywhere. Easy to wipe off mind.
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2. The bendy plastic tube to get into angles isn't that bendy. Felt like most locations it went straight in, so only the metal immediately alongside each hole got a decent blast.
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3. It is impossible to see how good a coverage you achieve. I mean you could dissect each tube, but that would be inadvisable.
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I'm letting it dry before I pass further judgement. The whole process didn't take too long and I'm glad I've done the seat tube, bb shell and fork head tube, but the rest felt a bit hit and miss. I guess if I strip the bike down in a year or two and it's rust free it will have been worth it!

Interested to hear from any other waxoylers, and how your technique differed from mine...
 

Cycleops

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That would never occur to me but if you are expecting the bike to last into the next century I guess it's a good idea. More power to your preservative.
 
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User6179

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Used waxoyl years ago, If it is still the same stuff then it will not dry in and just scrape off if it contacts anything.
 
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chug666

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Thanks for feedback all. As mentioned, I chose waxoyl as I had some to hand but appreciate there are plenty of other options and many who feel this is all unnecessary!

Had a look this morning and it is still quite loose, but interestingly when I gently wipe off the foamy bit it leaves a thin transparent layer- presumably this will do my frame some good (if it lasts and doesn't wash off at the first sign of water!). Coverage in the stays etc is a question mark but I'm now cracking on with building the thing.
 
How much use is this after you've got rust in the frame?

Asking for a friend, obviously...
 
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chug666

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I'd have thought it depends how much rust!

Think it's supposed to stop (delay?) the rot so if it isn't too far gone and everything is dry I can't see it doing any harm (but i'm clearly not an expert!).

Good luck.
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
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You could always add some spray lube as well if needed. Tip the frame up to spread it. When I remove the BB on my two 25 year old steel bikes, all I get is a lovely waft of lube/anti-rust spray.
 
Dynax S50 is easier to use, as ithe aerosol can comes with a long injection nozzle. I think it's mail order only. I did my old Harry Quinns with it.
 
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chug666

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Everything's easier to use than Waxoyl, to be fair :laugh:

I wouldn't say it was that hard to apply really (heating it up seemed to help) - could be completely ineffective but it only took 20 mins!

Thanks to all for the recommendations, might get hold of some for the next strip and refresh.
 
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