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Motor oil preservative
#1319985 Wed Jul 31 2019 10:38 PM
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The bed I put in my truck 10 years ago needs replacing, and I’ve been thinking about how I can make the new bed boards last longer. I thought about soaking them in a trough of used motor oil for a few days. Is that a dumb idea? Has anyone ever tried it?


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Re: Motor oil preservative
Spotbiltxo #1319995 Thu Aug 01 2019 12:04 AM
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When I was a kid, there was a guy down the street who painted his bed wood with used motor oil. The wood looked awful to begin with and he never took care of the steel so the whole bed rusted and fell apart. Not sure how the oil worked as a preservative but I remember it was slicker 'n owl **** when it got wet.
If you want a wood bed floor that lasts, start out with wood that will last. Osage Orange, Ipe, Black locust will all last decades with no treatment at all. I have pulled fence posts made from Osage Orange that were over 50 years old that showed no signs of decay.

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Re: Motor oil preservative
Spotbiltxo #1320141 Fri Aug 02 2019 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
The bed I put in my truck 10 years ago needs replacing, and I’ve been thinking about how I can make the new bed boards last longer. I thought about soaking them in a trough of used motor oil for a few days. Is that a dumb idea? Has anyone ever tried it?


Ha ha, I can just see the oil slick trail of rainbow-colored puddles following you down the road with every rainstorm!


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Re: Motor oil preservative
Spotbiltxo #1320142 Fri Aug 02 2019 11:28 AM
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I have used diesel fuel on trailer beds before.
But just painted it on. It would soak in and not be as slick as motor oil.
Diesel will leave the wood a lighter color than old black motor oil.
Redoing a deck on a trailer now and will buy treated lumber, then give it a coat of deck sealer or diesel.
Give it a coat once a year.

Don


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Re: Motor oil preservative
Spotbiltxo #1323138 Fri Aug 23 2019 01:14 PM
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Never thought of the oil causing the wood to be slick. I was going to wipe off all the excess oil before assembling the bed. Hadn’t thought of diesel fuel, so maybe that’s a better option. If I buy pressure treated wood then I’d have to find someone to cut the grooves for me, and those type boards are usually not very straight and true. Never heard of Osage Orange wood. Where can you buy it? Thanks for all the comments and suggestions.


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