I can’t believe some people still don’t know about Lanotec lanolin oil and their brilliant Citra-Force degreaser. I’ve been using Lanotec in a spray bottle to keep the rust out of my vehicles ever since Bluey Boyle showed up at the shed and drank all my beer about twenty years ago!
Back then I was writing the tech pages for a caravan magazine and Bluey wanted to show me how good Lanotec was in that application. Lanotec lanolin is distilled from the oil found in a sheep’s fleece and being from a sheep station I know too well how the rails and floor of the old shearing sheds last forever. Wherever sheep have been rubbing the bolts and steel straps don’t rust, the timber doesn’t rot and insects and ants will avoid it.
So I sprayed a litre of Lanotec underneath the old Viscount van I was rebuilding back then. It worked a treat, waterproofing the plywood floor, lubricating the brake cables, sealing the electrics and rust proofing the chassis. It even made the suspension work smoothly! Not only that, no more problems with spiders or ants.
You know I like my history. You might also know that Rooth is an old Swedish name originally but whatever, it wasn’t long before I found out that lanolin oil was used by the Vikings to keep their boats, swords and axes in perfect condition during those long sea voyagers. I figured I’d give it a try under Milo instead of fish oil and, well, twenty years and a whole lot of beach driving later and there’s no more rust in the old girl than there was when I built her!
Yep, there’s nothing better for rust proofing. The way Lanotec is formulated it’ll penetrate and spread into the seams and crevices you can’t reach too. My rust proofing program is pretty simple. If I know there’s a lot of salt coming up I give her a good wash underneath using some Citra-Force to loosen up the dirt, let it dry overnight and then spray a litre or so of Lanotec everywhere underneath. Being all natural it’s good for my skin too…
I always give her a good wash underneath as soon as I can after a beach drive but over the years and in remote places sometimes that doesn’t happen for a few weeks or more. It doesn’t seem to matter. Lanotec protects.
One word of caution. The pure stuff is in squirt bottles. The pressure packs are awesome for smaller jobs but the propellants used in pressure packs means they can degrade rubber bushes and stuff if you’re not careful. Because it’s brilliant for both wood and metal it’s perfect for any combination of the two. I use it to waterproof my boots and keep the rifle polished too. Most real outdoors types soon find they can’t live without Lanotec.
Citra-Force? Brilliant! It’s weird that the strongest degreaser on the market is also the only one that’s not chemically based. Being all natural means it doesn’t burn the lawn or dry your skin and once you’ve used it, you’ll never bother with anything else.
If it says Lanotec, it’s natural and it works. Give it a go and you’ll find out for yourself!
Lanotec Product Overview
Lanotec Australia is committed to developing environmentally friendly products based around the unique properties of lanolin, citrus oil and other natural products. Our range of products helps to reduce costs, downtime, consumables and increase productivity. With a safer place to work, Lanotec strives to reduce the environmental and workplace impact caused by the over use of toxic petroleum based products. We offer a greener alternative that is better for our planet and the future.
Lanotec Australia operates as one of the largest manufacturing facilities of natural sustainable industrial consumable products in Australia. Our geographical spread across Australia enables us to be a recognised national provider. We have three warehouses across Australia and distribute throughout hundreds of stockists in each state.
General Purpose is a penetrant, lubricant and corrosion inhibitor that penetrates deep through rust and frees up rusted tools and components. It is a lubricant for drilling, tapping and machining and cleans, rejuvenates and extends the life of metal, timber, vinyl, plastic, rubber, leather, fibreglass and powder coated surfaces. It also protects electrical equipment and components. Shop Now
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The new Citra Force formulation is a blend of organic solvents, citrus and coconut oils. It is a powerful cleaner and degreaser for use around workshops and wash bays and a machinery and plant cleaner. It cleans stainless steel and aluminium without streaking as well as cleaning of electrical components and rewinds. Designed to remove Lanotec lanolin based products, it is ideal for catering and workshop floors, pet stables, toilets, bathrooms, BBQ’s, tiles and ovens. It removes wax, tar, oil, uncured silicone, grease, thread dope, bugs, fresh paint, adhesives and electrical carbon. Shop Now
Lanotec Ultimate Protection is the ultimate in corrosion protection in highly corrosive / acidic environments.
- Forms a low-tack protective skin which is moisture, salt, acid and fertiliser resistant
- Stops rust dead in its tracks
- Corrosion protection for;
- Fertiliser and chemical storage facilities and equipment
- Mining equipment (above and below ground)
- Pump sheds
- 4×4 underbodies
- Shipping protection
- Component storage protection
- Electrical cabinets
- Coastal plant operations
- Irrigation equipment
- Boom sprayers, misters, fertiliser spreaders
- Marine applications
- Vehicle restoration
- Trucks, trailers* & agbikes
- Cattle and animal transport
- Drill pipe casing (ID and OD)
*not recommended for galvanised surfaces
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