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Wax For Firearm Protection

  1. How many, or anyone using wax instead of oil for rust prevention? I've read a little on it and from what I've read wax is superior to oil and works on the wood as well. There also is no down side to wax on the wood like there is oil on the wood. I'm going to give it a try on some of my firearms and Randall knifes.
  2. Renaissance wax.
    Museum grade stuff.
    I only use it on my blued guns.
  3. That's what I have, going to try.
  4. I'll be interested to see your results.
    I use EEZOX on the metal of all my firearms, never have any problems with rust. But nothing on the wood.
    Post up again after you try the wax.
  5. Weapons Grade Carnuba

    Happyguy :)
  6. Wax or oil for stored weapons preservation?


    I use VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) bags and capsules. Big advantage is that your weapon is GTG out of storage without having to strip off any preservatives. VCI works, its cheap, and its available.

  7. From my limited research Renissance wax is superior to carnuba but I'm sure your results are dependent on who you ask. Unless I'm missing something there's nothing to prevent using something coated with wax or need to remove was before use. Considering how infrequent some of my stuff gets used I'm not sure that would really be an issue if I had to prep before use.
  8. I've been using Johnson's Paste Wax for years with good results.
  9. Eezox has been my personal lube of choice for preventing rust. It has served that purpose well. Of late, I've given a lot of consideration to Renaissance Wax. I've heard good reports.
  10. Guns treated with wax, would also be "GTG" in much the same way that your car is if you wax it.
  11. I use Renaissance wax on my holstered guns and interior of my holsters.

    Protects from sweat and holster wear. Also prevents fingerprints and slide is more grippy...
  12. Eezox.......nothing but Eezox
  13. for what it is worth: for an ornamental metal working class, many of our projects were finished by painting with a coat of Johnsons paste wax on hot metal. After cooling, the finish had a slight yellow tint, like brass, barely perceptible to the touch.

    I would say this is a good option for non-mechanical parts...
    but so are other coatings like dry-lube spray, Cosmoline spray, WD40 rust inhibitor, Fluid film spray, CRC 06026 Heavy Duty Corrosion Inhibitor, - all designed for that specific purpose.
  14. I have a S&W 586. The gun makes me nervous since it is the only blued gun I own. I think I will try a wax and learn to just enjoy the gun. Is there a difference in "gun wax" and a high quality car wax?
  15. Think I'd go overboard and damage the bluing on my guns trying to get a super-duper shine on them if I used wax. I'll stick with a quick wipedown with an slightly oily rag.
  16. Never tried it, but I have been meaning to.
  17. 100% pure carnuba is what I used to use.

    I used to hunt ducks in salt marshes and in the Salton Sea years ago and would keep a coat of wax on my blued steel guns (Remington 1100 and Ithaca OU) and would keep an oily rag in a plastic bag to wipe the gun down if it got splashed with salt water. I never had a rust problem.

    Happyguy :)
  18. I like Rennaisance wax for guns and leather holsters, knives and leather sheaths.

    I learned when I first started handling guns that careless touching of blued finish causes rust, so I am extra cautious about keeping metal surfaces clean of finger prints and moisture. Using Renaissance wax is an extra measure to insure that my guns are protected to the max...especially the ones in storage. We trust wax to give our vehicles durable protection; I think the same logic applies to protecting our firearms.

    Museums around the world (including, I've read, the NRA museum) use Rennaisance on valuable relics. That's a pretty good endorsement in my opinion.
  19. So you wax the inside of your car's engine too?

    If you are going to put a firearm in long-term storage, you need to preserve not only the outside of the gun but every surface of the inside as well. Proven options for long term storage are cosmoline and VCI. Cosmoline works great but is a PITA to remove once it dries.

  20. I have waxed the entire gun inside and out including the bore and haven't had any problems.
  21. Actually, I do, so to speak. It's called "synthetic motor oil". Why in the world, is a Grumpy OLD man going to worry about Cosmoline storage? Planning to live forever? Every gun I own, that was made over the last 208 years, are rust free, although a few of the Civil War models needed a little love to get them there. All of my firearms are handled from time to time, some more frequently than others. Some of the historic models may go a couple of years or so between range trips. My concern is more for protection from handling and wax should handle that just fine.
  22. Eezox is great as a protectant as long as directions are followed and not wiping off excess but allowing it to dry.
  23. I began using Eezox after I bought my first Kimber. It was a stainless gun, but the barrel was carbon steel in the white, which really didn't make sense to me at the time. That Kimber is my most fired 1911 and the barrel still shines. Good stuff.
  24. I've never used wax.

    I have a ton of Maguire's Gold Class Carnuba Plus wax.... Do you all think it would be ok to use?
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  26. Pre-stainless era, lots of cop guns were coated in Turtle Wax.
    I don't think the brand matters much but get straight wax without abrasive polish.
  27. Vaseline (petroleum jelly) also works, lasts a little longer than wax. Cheaper too.
  28. I know Renaissance Wax is top notch for knife collectors so I’m sure it would be fine on firearms as well.
  29. Paste wax is what is recommended by most of the high end manufacturers for protecting expensive guns afield.

    Was Rangoon oil at one time, but that can take a long time to get rid of too.
  30. They make guns out of wood? Really?
  31. Yes, there are guns with wood. And renaissance wax is an excellent choice.

  32. I just wipe down my newly cleaned guns with mobil-1 that is left over in the jug from an oil change and put in a small bottle.

    After I apply the oil I wipe it off real well with a soft cloth and put away. Have pulled out guns after 10+years and not a thing has changed on the guns, and they are ready to load and shoot with out anything else being done to them
  33. Pure carmuba is good to go. Read the label and make sure there are no abrasives.

    Happyguy :)

  34. Hey, I don’t know if you noticed but someone either screwed up your barrels or put your butt stock on sideways.
  35. I doubt it will last longer than wax. I wax my P3AT a couple times a year and before I started it would rust really fast.
  36. Mail lady just left my wax. I put it on a old Winchester, Ballard, and Anshutz. I'd say if nothing else it shined them up a bit. All are shooters so they will be handled until I take them home and rotate something else back in their place. I'll was them again before I take them home.
  37. I like to wax on and wax off my 6” Python a lot.
  38. Mr. Myagi would probably say you're doing it wrong. Hopefully the timing is right on the Python or it could spit sideways.
    I've tried the BC wax once and it seemed to work well. Using on a nice field gun on extended outings or long term storage seems the most appropriate. Or for taking collector's gun porn pics.
  39. For years I've used inexpensive store brand lemon scented furniture spray wax on my firearms. By itself it usually gets into tight spots and crevices better than a paste wax will, but just to make sure it does I use a clean (as in non-oily) toothbrush to make sure it gets where I want it to, then I simply let it dry for a spell, then use a micro fiber cloth to remove the dried residue, taking note of any areas that appear wet, i.e., where the micro fiber cloth couldn't reach, which if found get hit with the toothbrush again so it doesn't build up in these areas. With a light buff all is done until the next time the firearm is fired and requires cleaning.

    A side benefit that I've noticed from the use of wax is that it adds a better grip to certain surfaces such as Delrin/other synthetic materials and rubber, and also helps to restore dull and faded plastics and rubbers (LOL).

    The point isn't to produce a shiny finish, but rather to add a very thin dry layer of protection from fingerprints, moisture, or the elements that won't come off on your fingers or stain clothing while handling, and that won't attract dust or dirt in the ways that typical lubricants or greases do.
  40. I see what you did there...
  41. Too bad he won’t see what you did there.
  42. My source for wax comes from bees wax in our hives in the back yard.

    Great on the inside of holsters if they are a wee bit too tight and great on firearms. Just the warmth from your hands makes application go smoothly.
  43. The only thing I use on the exterior of my firearms is Ren Wax. I haven't wiped a gun down with an oily rag in years.

    Before I used Ren Wax, I used Pledge furniture polish. Probably worked just as well. I never had a rust problem anyway.
  44. DuPont makes a lubricating wax, in a blue can. I used it a few times with no problem but I've found any and all oils I've used work just fine.