View Full Version : Long term storage options...

02-18-2007, 12:40 PM
I just acquired a 1919A4 kit that I need to put away for awhile. (All this recent gun building activity is starting to cut into my beer budget which is a serious problem.)

I am looking for options that do not require copious amounts of grease. Grease works great, it is just a pain in the rump to remove later.

I'm thinking WD40 applied liberally to the part, wrapped in WD40 soaked paper towels and placed in zippy bags.

Yes? No? Suggestions? (I know WD40 is one of those love it/hate it things.)

02-18-2007, 1:33 PM
WD 40 contains too much solvent to preserve metal for the long term. If you dont want grease and you plan on storing for more than 2 years I would use heavy weight oil like 90W. It will make a mess so wrapping your future project in thick yard bags might help contain the oil. Good luck :D

02-18-2007, 2:00 PM
motor oil?

02-18-2007, 2:20 PM
I'm thinking of 6 to 9 months as 'long term'. (Depends how long I can resist.) Would the solvent aspect of WD40 cause problems in that kind of time frame?

02-18-2007, 2:21 PM
CLP makes a good long-term storage solution if you don't want heavier cosmoline-like grease.

I have a number of parts in plastic bags with a medium coat of CLP that have held up fine for years. It's pretty easy to clean off, too.

They're all double-bagged to avoid seepage, but so far, no issues.

WD40's really not designed for that kind of thing, and doesn't have any staying power. Any standard oil would perform better.

02-18-2007, 5:09 PM
+1 on CLP or I also like Boeshield T-9.

02-18-2007, 5:11 PM
Burlap bags drenched with 90 weight non detergent gear oil and then into plastic bags.

OR Cosmoline in plastic bags.

02-18-2007, 7:48 PM
Grease her up & put her in a vaccum sealed bag :D