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Old 08-12-2020, 04:59 PM
Jim Watson Jim Watson is offline
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We have just had another Bare Naked Steel thread and can't be far from a Suitable Lubricants Including Motor Oil thread; let's combine them.

I have read of Turtle Wax on blued carry and duty guns.
OK, what about the various "ceramic" auto finishes advertised on minor cable programs? Has anybody tried any of that stuff on a blue pistol?
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Old 08-12-2020, 05:03 PM
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Some friends use Johnsons paste wax on guns they keep on their boat for sharks. Clean and rewax about twice a year. Seems to work well.
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Old 08-12-2020, 05:29 PM
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Renaissance wax is what you seek.
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Old 08-12-2020, 06:07 PM
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It's not recommended to use auto wax.
Most contain abrasives to polish paint and may damage gun finishes.

Also, auto wax that gets into crevices turns white and is hard to get out.

As above if you want to use wax, and many people do, Renaissance Museum Wax and Johnson's Paste Wax are recommended.

Wax is also great for use to protect and preserve leather goods like holsters, gun stocks, and grips, etc.
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Old 08-12-2020, 10:23 PM
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I have used Rusteprufe for 35 years. It's a light, penetrating oil that hardens, protecting the steel.
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Old 08-12-2020, 10:54 PM
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Ren wax.
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Old 08-13-2020, 12:04 AM
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Some friends use Johnsons paste wax on guns they keep on their boat for sharks. Clean and rewax about twice a year. Seems to work well.
Now ^^THIS^^ is the perfect subject for a NEW thread...
"What handgun/caliber should I use for shark encounters?"

(I know, I know...
GLOCK 20, end of discussion!)
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:59 AM
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"Bare naked steel" isn't a term anyone's ever used to describe me, but an airport worker did say "steel balls, man, steel balls" when I trailered my airplane back with the engine guts hanging out of the cowl.
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Old 08-14-2020, 08:01 AM
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"Bare naked steel" isn't a term anyone's ever used to describe me, but an airport worker did say "steel balls, man, steel balls" when I trailered my airplane back with the engine guts hanging out of the cowl.
If there was a gap between the ground and the landing gear when you lunched the engine, I’d have to agree!
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:16 AM
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If there was a gap between the ground and the landing gear when you lunched the engine, I’d have to agree!
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Just put your handle in the aviation perspective...
I was vertical, 1500ft, 1/4 mile off Manhattan Bch, hot summer weekend, (showboatin) when the #3 cyl came off the case, pinched the injector tube off. Leveled out, and made my way to LAX, didn't have radio, so went to HHR, downwind, where the cyl came out of the case, piston skirt caught the case on the way down, opened the rod, crank came around and drove it thru the bottom of the case. Cylinder had beat holes in the cowl, oil poured over the little windscreen. Dead sticked into HHR, then trailered to my base CPM. Pitts has a L/D like a brick/barn. Had 5 deadsticks over the years.
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Old 08-14-2020, 01:13 PM
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^^^^
Thats lotsa practice as a glider pilot...
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:02 PM
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Just get a gun with hard chrome finish.

It also wears a lot better without all the fading like the black finishes. Even DLC fades poorly when holstered daily.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:32 PM
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Renascence Wax is the way to go
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Old 08-16-2020, 04:04 PM
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Ren wax is a very fine product. Hardchrome, however is just soooo smooth...
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Old 08-16-2020, 04:45 PM
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... Hardchrome, however is just soooo smooth...
... but unfortunately not rustproof. Very resistant, yes, but a gun plated with HC is still subject to rust.
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Old 08-16-2020, 05:08 PM
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Ren wax is a very fine product. Hardchrome, however is just soooo smooth...

Hardchrome is so thin, it just shows the surface texture below it. Greg Derr's thread from a week or so ago shows the flats polished and the rounds blasted, with hardchrome over all of it.
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Old 08-16-2020, 07:23 PM
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Hardchrome, however is just soooo smooth...
I come from the automotive wheel industry and have had WAY too many experiences of it looking pretty on the outside, but completely rotten underneath. I will never trust chrome.
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Old 08-16-2020, 10:08 PM
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... but unfortunately not rustproof. Very resistant, yes, but a gun plated with HC is still subject to rust.
Same can be said of the stainless steels that are used in the firearms industry.

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Old 08-16-2020, 11:05 PM
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I come from the automotive wheel industry and have had WAY too many experiences of it looking pretty on the outside, but completely rotten underneath. I will never trust chrome.
Automotive decorative chrome is not even in the same class as industrial hard chrome. Two entirely different animals.
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