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Petroleum jelly and its use for rust prevention?

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Draven, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Asa Samuel

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    Lol, it's good ain't it? :D
     
  2. Draven

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    Sure is, learned that one in the motor trade :p
     
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    For rust prevention: When my dad used to do a lot of classic car resoration he used a lot of Vaseline on components to prevent rust, and also if parts were going to sit in a box for a while would cover them in a fine layer again, to stop them rusting in storage.

    As for being toxic...I ate most of a tub when I was 7 (it was strawberry flavour) and it didn't do me any harm! The extra eye in the middle of my forhead is perfectly normal ;p
     
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    Erm, eating lumps of it and geting the runs?

    Why would you want to eat lumps of it?
     
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    For me bushcraft is a bit like ultralight hiking and so I like things that have multiple uses. Vasoline can be used as lip balm, burn treatment, fire lighting, rust prevention, lubricating o-rings or bits of machinery and so it sounds like an ideal thing to have along!
     
  6. w00dsmoke

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    You don't put anything on a burn bud.!
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  7. Draven

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    Vaseline shouldn't be put on a burn immediately, as it can trap heat in (apparantly) but it is (apparantly) good for aftercare because it forms a seal over the burn, stopping bacteria getting in and thereby helping to stave off infection. Apparantly :) Never tried it m'self, I try not to get burned :D
     
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    I don't know about rust prevention, but vaseline dipped cotton balls are great for fire starting with firesteel. Always good to have a tub around. ;)
     
  9. British Red

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    Hmmm not convinced by that - I put cold running water on burns for at least 10 minutes!

    After that watergel is pretty good on mild burns - my paramedic buddy suggested it and I had a chat with a doctor buddy and he agreed - clearly not for severe burns but the old "hot billy can" moments!
     
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    Aye well I should have stated apart from water BR but I thought that was stating the obvious... :rolleyes:

    On the last course I did, the instructors (paramedics) stated that nothing went on a burn except water to cool it and if you had to keep it clean, then clean plasticbject. Anything else including vaseline would be treated as a foreign object by the body and/or accelorate infection.
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Curious,

    Again I have had different training. Clingfilm for example as a good burn covering.

    This is the Waterjel stuff I have been advised to use - having tried some (on minor burns) I have found it very soothing. Clearly its not going to resolve full thickness burns or replace proper tratement. But as a sooth to a minor but painful burn I have to say I'm impressed

    http://www.waterjel.com/

    I'd be interested to hear if others have tried it or have an opinion

    Red
     

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