Does Water work better than Penetrating Oil for Rusty Bolts? Let's find out!

  • Published on: 29 April 2019
  • Does water work better than penetrating oil for removing rusty nuts and bolts? Also, can water or penetrating oil climb a vertical surface and creep into a rusty nut or bolt? I've had quite a few viewers recommend water over using penetrating oil for removing frozen nuts and bolts. What about diesel? In this video, water, diesel, 3-in-1 oil, Gibbs, Free All, and Mouse Milk compete to see which product is best using 3 separate tests. The Project Farm channel is not sponsored by any of the manufacturers of the products tested. I purchased all of the products tested in this video. Hope you enjoy the video and hope you provide comments on future video ideas! Thanks for all who recommended this test. 100% of the videos on this channel are viewer recommended ideas.

    Previous video on penetrating oils (Liquid Wrench, PB Blaster, Kroil, WD-40, Acetone/ATF, and Royal Purple): Which Penetrating Oil is Best? Let's find out! - YouTube

    Penetrating oils tested: Brake Fluid, Seafoam Deep Creep, Fluid Film, BG In-Force, WD-40 Rust Specialist, CRC Knock'er Loose.

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  • Runtime : 11:40
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  • Darian Atkins
    Darian Atkins   8 hours ago

    50/50 acetone automatic transmission fluid mix. The best ever.

  • Craig Heislen
    Craig Heislen   1 days ago

    I’ve always had a 50/50 mix of Acetone/ATF work the best.

  • marks mopar
    marks mopar   4 days ago

    I would have liked to see chain saw gas as a penetrating oil,I use that for freeing up old engines.

  • Dustin Schloesser
    Dustin Schloesser   1 weeks ago

    Try SOK penetrating oil. It’s hard to find on shelves at stores but can be ordered. It works like magic

  • Prashant Gawande
    Prashant Gawande   1 weeks ago

    Petrol, Soda Cold Drinks (coke, Pepsi etc.), please try these too.

  • Ali
    Ali   1 weeks ago

    Test h2o2... and h2o only( deionized water) ...

  • SetTheCurve
    SetTheCurve   2 weeks ago

    I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but I want to know if an engine will run lubricated with actual snake oil

  • J G
    J G   2 weeks ago

    Love all the videos this guy makes. Been watching him for awhile now. Informative, creative and extremely interesting

  • Reel-Lentless
    Reel-Lentless   3 weeks ago

    Great video. We have always soaked our chains from tow to chain saw in diesel. We run a lot of saw chains for trimming trees. Just pull them out of the diesel bucket, use them, throw in dry bucket, sharpen, throw in diesel again. Also dump old diesel in barrels for posts and other fence material. Diesel works great on 3 pt hitch adjusters, 5th wheel slides, or any other in the weather item that seizes up. You have great real world videos. We dont need expensive "penetrants/lubes" but they do work well. I remember a buddy in high school who lived in town and had no idea about really working on anything. He brought his mustang out to the shop (yes we had real V8 mustangs) to put new shocks on it. He could not get the rubber bushings on the shocks and I said SPIT ON IT. To this day 35yrs later he still laughs and says "spit on it" when we get together.

  • ZeruS117
    ZeruS117   3 weeks ago

    Should have added croil works like a charm

  • TheElgreko
    TheElgreko   4 weeks ago

    We have WD-40 does everything...

  • Sonny Dey
    Sonny Dey   4 weeks ago

    Why don't you test spring water & distilled water ??

  • Raman Kumar
    Raman Kumar   1 months ago

    U r very hardworking ....U diserve 10milion logical sub base....

  • Shadow 3091
    Shadow 3091   1 months ago

    At least these brands can say "Use our brand. We're marginally better than water"

  • Larry B
    Larry B   1 months ago

    Very nicely done video. SUMMARY: ALL of the penetrating oils are approximately useless. Based on the variance in the torque to loosen the nuts, I doubt any are reliably better than the control. And THAT seems to coincide with my experience with these products.

  • Jim Breedlove
    Jim Breedlove   2 months ago

    One part type 1 atf 1 part kerosene 1 part acetone. Been a heavy machinery mechanic for years works great.

  • Adi S
    Adi S   2 months ago

    All in all it seems that there is not much difference in removing the nuts; it seems that they pretty much came lose with the same amount the got torqued.To me that means that the rust did not creep deep enough into the threads yet. Besides that, keep up the good work, I love your tests.

  • Mark Hide
    Mark Hide   2 months ago

    You also forgot lanolin or Aussies call it possum piss 👍🏻

  • Rage4Me
    Rage4Me   2 months ago

    We use Zep45. Seems to work just fine and doesn't smell bad.

  • K M
    K M   2 months ago please test the penetrating lube from the link. Thank you.

  • Cool as Ice
    Cool as Ice   2 months ago

    I don't think water had fair shot. The people using water are not letting it soak. They're most like using it on a bolt or nut they taking off immediately.

  • John Juneau
    John Juneau   2 months ago

    Why not include the old stand by, WD40?

  • AlainHubert
    AlainHubert   2 months ago

    I know it's not supposed to be used as that, but for years I've used WD-40 as penetrating agent to loosen rusty bolts and nuts with moderately good success. I would have liked to see it compared to specialized penetrating oil products.

  • Virgo
    Virgo   2 months ago

    Is the finale showdown up yet?

  • Robert Sepulvado
    Robert Sepulvado   2 months ago

    How does heat affect these products? I often use a torch to free larger nuts in severe conditions such as farm equipment.

  • The Noob Plays It
    The Noob Plays It   2 months ago

    Have you considered applying heat in conjunction with the penetrating oils? It would be interesting to see how the different products react.

  • neonhomer
    neonhomer   2 months ago

    You show Zep45, but you didn't test it... nor can I find it in a previous test.....

  • Chris Philhower
    Chris Philhower   3 months ago

    I worked as an Auto Tech for years. Never heard of Mouse Milk, Gibbs and Free All. Maybe they're Regional?? Always seemed to have better luck with PB Blaster.

  • Jason Harvey
    Jason Harvey   3 months ago

    The best stuff is a 50/50 mix. Auto trans fluid and acetone. Works better than everything.

  • Martyn Watson
    Martyn Watson   3 months ago

    Water caused the problem in the first place.