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Rather than a watered down version of its PROtecht1 Ultimate sibling, BG Innovations PROtecht2 advanced corrosion protection is a really clever hybrid of anti-corrosion protectant and lubricant that cures to a waxy, ceramic texture.
It's recommended primarily as a mothballing agent when storing equipment for long periods or protecting electrical components from harsh coastal climes, I've discovered a wealth of other uses for it too.
A frame is an obvious candidate. Whip out the seat post, deliver broad strokes inside the seat tube, repeat through the breathing holes using the straw before resting it on some old newspaper, to catch leakage.
A thin mist of Protecht2 cast from a distance of thirty centimetres seems ideal for seasonal storage, or maintaining lustre when plodding through winter. Apply extra coats at five minute intervals if you need them. It also doubled as a commendable assembly paste on seat posts/cradles, quill stems, derailleur threads, quick release skewers and cleat mechanisms too.
WHen it's fully dried it resisted being washed off in a normal bucket wash but could be removed using white spirit or the marque's own biodegradable degreaser.
Confounded by a badly behaved wireless cadence sensor I introduced a tentative squirt to its contacts and re-installed the threaded cap. Sure enough the zero flickered into positive figures, confirmed by subsequent laps of my lane.
A cloudburst of biblical proportions may have removed my wax based chain prep within forty miles but couldn't spoil connectivity even fully submerged for three. No surprise to find it also exorcises intermittent gremlins in hub and old-fashioned bottom bracket dynamos, budget blinkies with so-so seals/corroded contacts etc.
Superficially at least, generic maintenance sprays will achieve similar results and deserve their place in our workshops but their staying power isn't remotely comparable.
Protecht2 earned further brownie points as a surprisingly stoical chain lube - double ups returning 120 foul weather miles, and picking up markedly less contaminant than is usual with wet lubes.
Being a waxy formula, it does attract a thin layer of grime when applied externally,demanding more intensive clean up operations given a few weeks. Then again, this dirty disguise might be welcomed by those wanting to hide a pretty frameset from prying eyes.
Use and store in well ventilated/cool conditions away from sources of ignition. Garages/sheds/outbuildings with concrete flooring are ideal but whatever your arrangement, keep clear of drains, streams and aquatic life. Ceremony isn't required for internal duties e.g. frames, lock mechanisms, up n' over door rollers etc. Simply agitate the aerosol for thirty seconds or so and deliver in short, two-second bursts.
An extremely versatile and effective corrosion inhibitor with lubricant properties.
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Make and model: BG Innovations PROtecht2 Advanced Corrosion Prevention
Size tested: 500ml
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"PROtecht2 is a moisture repellent, salt & acid resistant, thin & penetrating wax based 'Dry' surface coating and anti-rust agent.
· Suitable as supplementary corrosion protection for extended storage periods to protect items in use in inclement environs." No quibble at this juncture, though long term exposure may lead me to conclude differently.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
· PROtecht2 offers a Dry, Flexible film finish with easy removal properties -
Easily removed by application of PROclean-gold biodegradable degreasant cleaner.
· For use on all metals (inc. chrome & anodised)
· Offers excellent adhesion to polished surfaces
· Can be applied to rubber and plastics
· All metals, inc. chrome & anodised (Chrome retains its SHINE!)
· Offers excellent adhesion to polished surfaces
· Can be applied to rubber and plastics (no overspray issues with wood or glass)
Apply in well ventilated areas. Latex examination gloves and long sleeves would be a wise precaution for sensitive skins.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Arguably the most versatile of the two formulas, its waxy nature serves as a handsome internal preserve, makeshift assembly paste and does an excellent job of mothballing electrical contacts without interfering with connectivity or instigating galvanic corrosion.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Effective, economical, versatile and very easy to deploy.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing given the design brief.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Very impressed thus far but let's see what winter's wrath reveals.
Age: 39 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)