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How to apply linseed oil(3 posts)

How to apply linseed oilmgolebiewski
Jun 27, 2003 10:40 AM
I am looking at treating my new frame for rust and decided to go with linseed oil since alot of places don't carry Frame Saver.

First off I assume that what I want is linseed oil from any hardware store.

Second I assume I pour it it into the seat tube and rotate the frame around to get it to run down the stays and main tubes. Then I do the same from the head tube.

Do I need to completly strip the frame to do this, or can the bottom bracket stay in? I do alot of my own tuning.., but do not have tools or practice removing cranks and the BB, and don't want to unless I have to.

Given its aresol nature is Frame Saver easier to get into all of the tubes and would using it allow me to keep the BB in the bike?
I think you have toMR_GRUMPY
Jun 27, 2003 10:52 AM
If you poured linseed oil down the seat tube, it might get into the BB bearings. Same thing with frame Saver.
You can get Frame Saver on-line and linseed oil at the hardware store.
I think I'd pull the BB either way.Silverback
Jun 27, 2003 3:31 PM
I've never done linseed oil, but I've seen it done (and I have a 5-year-old can of the stuff in the garage I bought when I was GONNA do it, if that counts). Use boiled rather than raw oil; it dries in days instead of weeks), and you have to tilt and turn the bike to get it into every cranny. When a friend of mine treated his old DeRosa, he hung it in the garage and fiddled with it for a week or so to be sure he got down to the ends of the stays and everything. Not sure if it really takes that long, but he didn't want to miss anything.
Frame Saver, which I have used on a couple of frames, seems easier to apply, and you can squirt it into the drain holes easily. But I really have no idea how well it covered, because you can't see in there. I used almost a whole can, so if nothing else I made the bike heavier.
Either way, though, I think I'd pull the BB--that's pretty goopy stuff, and you don't want it running around the moving parts, plus you can pour it into the tubes where they join the BB shell. You could leave the fixed cup, and just pull the bearings and spindle.