I often get the opportunity to work in the Eliot, Maine branch of MB Tractor and in doing so I have recently met some folks that have come into the store and asked specifically for Fluid Film. One gentleman was so excited we carried it that he wiped us out of product and told us – “get more I’ll be back”. What is this stuff, and why are these people so excited about it? Well let me tell you, if you use Fluid Film you will be excited about it as well.
Fluid Film was developed in the 1940’s to combat and inhibit corrosion in the ballast tanks of World War II supply and attack ships. The main ingredient in Fluid-Film is wool wax (lanolin). It has NO solvents therefore it will not evaporate, it is NOT water soluble, so it will not wash away with severe road moisture, it will NOT dry out making it ideal for all exterior applications, such as vehicle and truck undercoating. Fluid Film will NOT freeze, therefore all snow and ice management professionals have a great non toxic rust inhibitor for all of there equipment.
As with any product you will want to follow the manufacturers instructions – but here’s the rundown. Fluid Film is approximately the same viscosity as latex house paint. It can be applied by brush or roller in bulk form, or from standard aerosol or spray pump cans. Standard airless sprayers will work well as long as they can apply latex paint without it needing to be thinned. If applying with sprayer, as with all liquids, proper fan size is imperative. There are 3 numbers associated with sprayer tip sizes; these represent both the fan and orifice size. For example a 515 tip will give you a 10” material spread with gun 12” away from surface being treated, so the “5” represents ½ the 10” spread. The next two numbers represent the actual orifice size in thousands of inches or .015. A tip size of 313-515 is recommended for applying Fluid Film. As far as I am concerned the applications for this product are endless.
If you are in construction Fluid Film can help with any moving part in any machine on the job site, as well as small equipment that is stored in the construction trailer or shop. If you are a landscape professional you can extend maintenance intervals on cutting and shaping equipment without fear of polluting customers land. Automotive enthusiasts will go crazy with this stuff, I personally am addicted to it. Locks, slides, door hinges, hood hinges, tailgate pivot pins, clutch pedal linkage, shifter linkage, and suspension components oh my god, suspension components are the best. I have an old Ford F-series pick up (1978) and after supporting and applying Fluid Film to all shackles and spring perches and in between each spring, I swore that the ride quality in my truck doubled. I needed verification of this badly, so I told my wife that I wanted to take her for a ride, get a coffee and just sit and talk for a bit, almost in disbelief of this suggestion she proceeded to check me for a fever and irregular heart rate. Once I checked out OK and we were getting ready to leave she realized that she would be the one to verify the increase in ride quality of my beloved F-series. Michelle being the java junkie that she is, joined me for the cruise and told me that “yeah this rides like a dream” I ignored the sarcasm and enjoyed my coffee.
Fluid Film comes in a variety of sizes, 11 ¾ oz aerosol ($10), 12 oz pump sprayers ($12), one gallon containers ($45), five gallon containers ($210) and if you really love the stuff you can get fifty five gallon drums for around $1,500.00. Go to www.fluid-film.com or just stop into your local MB Tractor & Equipment store, and if you do you will be like me – looking for a “couple of friends” to go in on a 55 gallon drum. Maybe Michelle is reading this and will get me a 5 gallon container for my Birthday, you never know.
- Joe Elliott -