there are a couple of new products on the market. one is a liner
that is put in drawers that seal…(if it isn’t relatively airtight
forget it!), it is a black material available at home stores and in
rolls so you cut it to length. I have had some down for about a year
and a half in a fairly new bench, and in a highly humid area.It has
worked thus far.before that I have used cosmoline, dry lithium grease
( on the rolling mill rollers it has completely inhibited any rust or
oxidation and I have htat under a canvas and leather cover only so
air does get into it.
3M makes some anti-tarnish blocks that can go into tool
boxes,bins,etc,and smaller strips- the key is to seal out as much
air as is possible and keep your polished tools polished,eliminate as
much humidity as is possible and when you do see a spot or beginning
of oxides building take it off with some very fine polishing papers.
I have also used cones of chalk as they absorb sulfur by products and
humidity. it must be chaged every year though unless you live in a
cool dry environment., otr a hot dry one!
last but not least is a thin film of oil of wintergreen,or any
lightweight oil you care to use.Some people use wd-40,I don’t
because it stains and I don’t like the petroleum distillates
components, but that too will prevent rust and the consistency is
representative of a light oil Citrasolve is what a friend uses,same
thing: he.likes the distillates for cutting waxy residues,compound
that is not water soluable, and other uses besides he says one botle
cleans his floors,surfaces,oils everything and smells so citrusy
good…Don’t use salad oil,olive they turn sticky and rancid.
I tried silicone,sttraight out of the bottle but it was really
inferior to the dry oil sprays on the market in my opinion,