Can you use wax on a blued revolver?


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jay4au
10-19-2007, 04:07 PM
After you have cleaned your blued revolver with a regular routine of solvents and lubricants, would adding and working in a dab of wax, like for hardwood floors or auto wax without abrasives help the appearance of the exterior of the gun? Would it help reduce fingerprints, hide minor blemishes or add an additional anti rust layer? I've seen some pictures of guns on this site that appear to be highly polished and wondered how they got/stay that way. I would think that solvents would remove the wax and that it would be needed to be rewaxed with each thorough cleaning. Thanks.

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Antlurz
10-19-2007, 04:10 PM
Yes. Wax is good. ;)

You can use it instead of oiling the gun. Put on a good coat, like you would on your car or furniture. Of course it won't work if there is oil on the metal. That has to be cleaned off first.

Ron

DaveL686
10-19-2007, 06:06 PM
Jay
yes putting a coat of a soft liquid car wax on your blued gun will not only make it look better but will help oil from you fingers and hands from damaging the finish. I also found that it does a excellent job of repelling sweat when being carried during the summer.
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dfariswheel
10-19-2007, 07:13 PM
Johnson's Paste Wax is good, but the best is Renaissance Hard Carnuba Wax.
That's what museums use to protect antique metal and guns.

I don't recommend ANY auto waxes.
Too many contain mild abrasives that can thin or even remove blues, and some don't mention the abrasives.
Another problem with many auto waxes, is a tendency to turn the bluing blotchy if the gun heats up during firing.
This can be removed, but it looks bad until it's removed.

Nes
10-19-2007, 07:17 PM
Thanks dfariswheel . I hadn't thought about that.

DaveL686
10-19-2007, 07:44 PM
Thats good info to know.
I had never heard of that happening. I used Blue Rain Dance car wax on 4 different Makarovs i used to have. i shot them all and they got hot and i never had a problem with blotching or anything.
I wounder if that problem only happens with certain types of wax's.

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retiredsquid
10-19-2007, 10:08 PM
The best product on the market today for this application is a product from Flitz. It is "Rifle/Gun Wax" (GW 02734) and you can get it from Brownell's and other suppliers. I buy it in 3.4 ounce bottles and you use it like any other liquid wax. It is for use on Bluing, stocks, stainless, etc. It is non-abrasive and does not build up. It will make your blued guns look really nice and will do a great job on stocks, too. Fltiz claims this will protect for 6 months of fresh water and 3 months of salt water exposure.
Regards,
Rich

Saunders
10-20-2007, 06:44 AM
I just periodically use a silicone cloth for a wipedown.

maxiball
10-20-2007, 01:54 PM
Birchwood Casey also makes gun stock wax which is carnaba.
Does a real nice job.
These days I'm content to spray and wipe with BreakFreeCLP.

dfariswheel
10-20-2007, 07:24 PM
I've used CLP Breakfree for many years.
It's one of the very top products for preventing rust, and it lifts and removes oxidized bluing.

Apply some to a blued gun and let soak for a few weeks., then wipe down with CLP on a clean patch. You'll usually see a light brownish stain, and that's the oxidized bluing.
Some custom gunsmiths put new, "green" blue jobs in a pan of lightly heated oil to soak for a week.
Each day, they wipe the metal gently with a clean oily patch, and this removes oxidized bluing brings up the gloss.
Keeping CLP on a blued gun will do the same and will remove dirt and oxidized bluing so the finish shows better.

Contrary to popular belief, you CAN'T "shine up" or "polish" a blued gun.
How glossy the finish is depends on how the metal was polished BEFORE it was blued.
After bluing all you'll do is thin or remove the bluing.

CLP or wax tend to keep the metal rust-free and allows the finish to look as good as possible.

kyshooter
10-20-2007, 09:43 PM
I 2nd the birchwood casey gunstock wax, I've used it for 20 + years. POWDERMAN. :up: :up:

Tusker
10-20-2007, 10:27 PM
Many waxes contain water- becareful there. Just my 2cents worth. I use this a swell. :)

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Hammerdown
10-21-2007, 07:01 AM
Hi
Not much more to add here. Most have their own Preference to what wax to use and it is a persoanl Opinion. I myself do not use any House wax Products or Car waxe's. If it is a Nickel finish I use Rennisance. It can be bought direct from the United States distributor who is located in Florida and the Link will be Provided below. The owners name is Dennis and he is anice Guy. The other wax I use on my blued guns is called Collinite number #845 Insulator Wax. It is made by a Company in Up-State New York close to Syracuse.This wax works well when applied by a finger and it takes a while to dry. It Places a film Barrier if used on the face of the cylinder and makes cleaning a whole lot easier but it takes a few applications to work well building it up as you go along. Here are those Two links and the job you can expect from them. Regards, Hammerdown



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