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How Do You Keep Your Drywall Tools From Rusting?


Wash them down (with water) and dry them with a rag. Then spray them with WD-40.

—Anonymous (x 3)

—John Primeau

—Lago Masonry

—Jim Hassler, Owner, Miracle Wall, Escondido, CA

—Daniel Oldenburg, Owner, Facades, Inc., Springfield, MO

—Jeffrey Jensen, Owner, Jensen Drywall Stucco, National City, CA

—Kirk Lewis, Owner, Lewis Drywall, Kansas City, MO

—C. Holpuch, Estimator, Melco Painting, Inc., Clarksburg, MD

—Jamal Harrell, Owner, Jamshar Construction Consultants, Willingboro, NJ

—Jacque DiPaoleaux, President, Nu Way Drywall Co., Inc., Bellevue, KY

—Charles H. Smoak, President, Ace Drywall & Stucco, Lexington, SC

—Sean P. Glynn, President, Paramount Construction Inc., Eagle Point, OR

—Keith Tramm, Owner, Keith’s Painting, New Brighton, MN

I purchase better tools, stainless when possible. I keep them very clean, spray with WD-40.


Use WD-40 to dress tools, at least once a week. Just like cleaning a gun.

—S. Howard

A rag and WD-40. Dry knives & oil.

—David Chokey, Officer, Sharp Interiors, Inc., South Bend, IN

Stainless Steel

Buy stainless steel trowels and aluminum hawks.

-Roger Gackenbach, President, California Plastering, Inc., Sun Valley, CA

—Joseph Stevenson, Owner, White Star Enterprises LLC, Bend, OR

—Ray B. Isaac, Owner, Ray Isaac Plastering, Miamisburg, OH

They can’t be helped. Get rid of them and use stainless steel only.

—F. Hinton, Principal, Hinton’s Drywall, Montclair, NJ

Buy stainless steel, lacquer or varnish, mineral oil. We used oil, Armor All.

—Larry Lee, Owner, Cache Valley Paint Co., Logan, UT


Silicone spray.

Silicone or WD-40 sprays.

—Mike Duden, President, Pro G Contractor, Walla Walla, WA

Spray them with silicone or 3-in-1 oil.

—Melody Smith, Vice President, Taneytown Drywall Inc., Taneytown, MD

Spray silicone.

—Mark Lamons, Encompass Coatings, Oakland Park, FL

Use Them!

—Douglas White, Owner, Benner & White Construction, Inc., Harleysville, PA

—Gary L. McCorkel, Operations Vice President, Rocket Drywall, Inc., Mount Joy, PA

—Jeffrey Muller, Sr. Estimator, M&O Exterior Applicators Inc., Frederick, MD

Use someone else’s.

—Tony Tallman, Owner, Tallman Construction, Jupiter, FL

Don’t Use Them!

—Robert Lasorsa, Vice President & Director of Field Operations, Lasorsa Interiors, Highland Beach, FL

Don’t use them. Retire!

—Robert E. Rauhauser, President, American Specialty Systems, Inc., York, PA


I’m in Project Management. I keep my tools in the garage!

—Doug Parrish, Director of Operations, Donaldson Acoustics, Hauppauge, NY

Keep them in a dry cool place and over time hopefully you will forget where they are!


Wash and clean it after each use.

—P. Frohlic, Frohlich Construction, Los Angeles, CA

I use soluble oil. It mixes with water.

—Ed Padgett, President, Ed Padgett Inc., Bullhead City, AZ

Store them in a dry, vented area.

—James A. Calahan, Estimator, J. Calahan Drywall, Cleburne, TX

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