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In my childhood Duckhams supplied a lot of motor oil to the boatyards of the Norfolk Broads. This little known product “Adsil” was also sold to ease saw blades on damp wood. I remember as a kid Ernie and Alan Royall using it on timber for their wooden boats.

I found this one today in the garage - must about 50 years old!

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Back in the 80s, i used to mechanic for a sidecar racing team, with my mate Dave as pilot, and Andy (who is still racing slidecars) as passenger. My mates name was David Carnell, and his father, Ron Carnell, was the competition manager for Duckhams Motor Oils. Needless to say, i used to have a lot of Duckhams clothing, T shirts, jackets, overalls, etc etc. My shopping bill for clothes back then was remarkably small.

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Was Castrol “liquid engineering” promoted by ***** cats, tigers etc, or was that Duckhams? I suppose given there hasn’t been an oil crisis since the 70s could be the reason you don’t see the adverts on the telly these days? My dad used to keep the old gallon cans to put the old oil in... and pour into the odd wasps nest and set fire!

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1 minute ago, Turnoar said:

Was Castrol “liquid engineering” promoted by ***** cats, tigers etc, or was that Duckhams? I suppose given there hasn’t been an oil crisis since the 70s could be the reason you don’t see the adverts on the telly these days? My dad used to keep the old gallon cans to put the old oil in... and pour into the odd wasps nest and set fire!

 Yeah liquid engineering was definitely Castrol. Castrol was owned by BP and subsequently bought Duckhams.

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Duckhams were the first to produce a multigrade engine oil and the name "Adsil" is still used for a range of high performance (clear I believe) protective coatings. When I worked for Courtaulds Coatings (International Paint) we lived in constant fear of cross contamination between divisions that silicon could get into regular industrial finishes. We would not even allow silicon cleaners in the offices and certainly not silicon lubricants in the plant.

I always understood that is why GRP should be waxed not silicon polished. Waxing reduces the need for "Grinding Back" should the substrate ever need painting.

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