- Steel Frame – Internal Protection
What is the consensus on how to look after the inside of a steel frame?
Does anyone apply any type of frame saver (ie waxoyl)?
What about post ride washing – how do you keep the water out of the seat tube or remove it afterwards?
I’ve got a Genesis Altitude 30 853 steel frame which is too good to let rot set in.Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I bought some waxol stuff in a spray can from Halfords and squirted that into a steel frame.
I’m sure the next owner would appreciate it, it did make an awful mess though.
It was only a few quid so I suppose it’s worth it for peace of mind but sounds like there isn’t much to worry aboutPosted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
You can buy a can of ‘frame saver’ Done it to steel frames and for the sake of a can, worth doing in my eyes. A mate has had a frame rot through, but was a thin tubed KHS and he rode it and rode it. I did many years ago spray the inside of a steel road bike with Waxoil. After a while I had a weird creak. I took the BB out, to find that the waxoil had dissolved the threaded areas of the BB, in line with the chainstays , so ovally shaped, which was a bit weird. Never used it again in a frame.Posted 4 years agobob_summersMember
All my steel frames (5 of them…) make a noise when I turn them upside down. I assume it’s loose rust in the tubes but never managed to get any to come out. Wish I’d used framesaver now, especially as one frame is a grand dearer to buy now than it was when I bought it 😥Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I’ve never treated any of my frames, even big patches of worn off paint externaly don’t rust at any noticeable rate. Certainly my chainstays heel rubbed areas ‘rust’ probably 100x slower than aluminium equivelents wear out through heel rub.
And if you ever try and powdercoat (or even paint, enammel, or any other process that inolves even slightly above ambient temperatures) you’ll have a nightmare as it all runs out.Posted 4 years agoemanuelMember
Some tubing is more susceptible to rust than others. Columbus Niobium (spirit and life) is amazing tubing, but more rust prone. That and spirit tubes are 0.38mm in the centre. normal lightweight tubing is about0.5mm. old steel quality tubing is a bit thicker 0.6mm. stovepipe is 1mm, even 1.2mm.Posted 4 years ago
I?m doing some tests for a line of steel fatbikes I’ve been asked to make. the test is quite simple. coat samples of steel tubing and chuck them in a bucket of salted water.
most substances do a decent job,the difference is that some of them are pretty easy to remove, the best ones dry up and form a coat, not just a wet film.
I’d say it’s not necessary. But it doesn’t hurt, doesn’t cost much and it’s not a bad idea.
having said that, I can never remember to put it in my personal frames when I build them up.nicko74Member
Boeshield T9 for me, after I noticed rust-coloured water running out of the holes in the frame. It’s a bit of a faff, but I haven’t noticed rust-coloured water running out of it since.
Of course, to know if it’s worth it I would’ve hadto’ve had an identical frame that I didn’t spray. But hey ho, for peace of mind alone it works for mePosted 4 years ago
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