Quick Weekend Project: Dip Your Tools With Flex Seal Liquid
Has your screwdriver ever slipped your grip due to sweaty palms? Or maybe you’ve resorted to throwing away that 10-year old, worn down hammer?
If so, ditch those habits and start dipping your tools with Flex Seal Liquid. For almost any surface you want to cover, Flex Seal Liquid will adhere itself onto anything you need a flexible rubberized coating. Flex Seal Liquid makes your tools look as good as new, prevents rust and corrosion, and protects them from future damage. Not to mention, Flex Seal Liquid creates a non-slip grip.
You don’t have to be a professional to use it. Just set aside time for an easy weekend project.
Before you start, make sure you have these essential materials:
- Flex Seal Liquid
- Drop Cloth
- Cleaning Solution
- Rubber Gloves
Step 1: Prep Your Project Area
Pick a well-ventilated area to dip your tools. Garages work well so long as you leave the door open. Or, use a room in your house with opened windows and a fan running. If you’re more of an outdoor handy guy (or gal), try your backyard. Just make sure you pick a dry weekend to do your project. No rain, sleet, snow, dew in the forecast!
Next, will need to take a rope and hang it from two permanent structures in your area that will hold the weight of your tools. Make sure that the rope is tightly secured.
*Flex Tip: Use any type of clothesline in lieu of the rope. What matters most is that the rope is strong enough to hold the weight of the tools.
Once you’ve secured your rope, use clamps (size varies according to project size) to secure your tools to the rope. Be sure to have the handle of your tools pointing in the direction of the floor.
Read carefully: Place a drop cloth under the hanging items. Unless you don’t mind having Flex Seal Liquid on your floor, please don’t forget this step. The drop cloth will be there to absorb any of the extra liquid that may fall off of the tool handles. If you don’t have a drop cloth, you could use newspaper or a tarp. Just make sure your entire area is covered.
Step 2: Clean and Dry Your Tools
Once you have chosen your well-ventilated location, you have some options for further prepping. Make sure you pick which option works best for you:
For wooden-handled tools, get rid of all stickers or existing tape on the handle. Grab your sandpaper and with moderate pressure, sand off the handle until you no longer see paint or varnish on the tool.
For metal-handled tools, grab a bucket and fill it with water and cleaning solution. Let your tools soak in the bucket for 30 minutes or more. After you put on your rubber gloves, scrub your tools with a wire brush. This will get rid of any dirt or grease buildup.
If you don’t feel like doing the manual labor, just pop them in the dishwasher. Dishwashers are good for cleaning tools like wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers. Turn your dishwasher to the hottest cycle and use your normal dish detergent.
Read Carefully: Don’t forget to completely dry off your tools once you are done. This is very crucial as Flex Seal Liquid may resist adhering if the surface is not completely free of oil, dirt, or water.
Step 3: Dip in Flex Seal Liquid
Grab your can of Flex Seal Liquid. Dip the handle of each item in Flex Seal Liquid can one tool at a time.
If you took your tools off the rope for prepping, make sure you clamp the tools back before following to the next step. Hang or clip the object and let the excess Flex Seal Liquid drip back into the can (or drop cloth.)
*Flex Tip: Make sure that you don’t leave the can of Flex Seal Liquid open for a long period. When you close the can, be sure to close it securely.
Let your first coat dry for 24 to 48 hours before applying another coat.
There may be excess Flex Seal Liquid hanging from your items once they to dry, but don’t worry. Just cut it off with a pair of scissors.
*Flex Tip: If you spill Flex Seal Liquid on any unwanted areas, use a paper towel or rag to scrub the area with acetone. It’ll require a little elbow grease.
You are now ready to use your seemingly brand new tools!