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Waxoyl is a rustproofing fluid used to prolong the overall life of steel car chassis and bodywork. It works by excluding water and air from bare metal and by slowing the progress of existing surface rust using phosphoric acid rust inhibitors. The fluid is a suspension of waxy particles in white spirit, which evaporates after application.

Rustproofing is the prevention or delay of rusting of iron and steel objects, or the permanent protection against corrosion. Typically, the protection is achieved by a process of surface finishing or treatment. Depending on mechanical wear or environmental conditions, the degradation may not be stopped completely, unless the process is periodically repeated. The term is particularly used in the automobile industry.

Steel alloy made by combining iron and other elements

Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon, and sometimes other elements. Because of its high tensile strength and low cost, it is a major component used in buildings, infrastructure, tools, ships, automobiles, machines, appliances, and weapons.

Car A wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation

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Waxoyl was developed in the United Kingdom in 1972 by Allen Forster, founder of the Hammerite paint company. [1] It is now distributed in the United States and Europe.


Hammerite is a brand of hammer paint made by Hammerite Products, a subsidiary of Imperial Chemical Industries.

Unlike the more common products which are asphalt/tar like, Waxoyl must be applied in warm ambient temperatures or heated in application, or alternatively thinned with white spirit in order to reduce its viscosity. Heating is usually done by placing its metal container in a bucket of hot water. The color of the product/solution varies. Waxoyl possesses a gold/amber tone (though black is also available) in solution, and after it is thinned by heating it is sprayable. It can be applied by brush without thinning or heating. It is also available in aerosol cans.

Waxoyl underseal is bitumen-based to resist damage in high impact underbody areas and contains the same anti-rust formulation. It is also designed to remain viscous for extended periods.

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  1. History, Hammerite Products Ltd., accessed 2015-08-01