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Using old Engine Oil to protect Nuts / Drum Brake

Hi, my old engine oil from my 1.5 DCI was nice and black. My neighbour wanted some to paint his fence. Apparantly it protects it for the next 10 years or so. I decided to use some to paint the outside of my brake drum and coat some nuts. Amazing its like show polish on an old leather shoe.

My question is would this be ok to coat the underbody and wheel arch? May attract more dirt sticking to it?

Anyway thought its worth asking, as some parts especially under the rear shock absorbers is really rusty....and I hate rust...
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 19th September 2010
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My dads neighbour used to spray the underside of his 79 fiesta with used engine oil every autumn. Some 20 years later his son crashed the car, all of the bent metal looked like new under the cracked paint
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Re: Using old Engine Oil to protect Nuts / Drum Brake

hmm, not something ive heard of or will ever try. i would be quite concerned about the possibility of oil getting into the brake drum??
i will stick to cuprinol red cedar for my fence i think.
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Re: Using old Engine Oil to protect Nuts / Drum Brake

It will let some degree of dirt stick to the car, but wont do harm unless you get it on the brakes or rubber parts, the rubber parts will get sticky and soft like a melted toffee if it gets prolonged contact with oil
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Re: Using old Engine Oil to protect Nuts / Drum Brake

Used engine oil especially that from a diesel is carcenogenic. On other words it can cause cancer and other nasty illnesses- that's why you are advised to dispose of it safely.

In my view anyone who decides to contaminate the environment by spreading it around cars or fences is irresponsible to say the least.

Better still applying it anywhere close to a braking system is crazy.
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