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    Gun wax on blued pistols - waxing gunneous

    A couple of weeks ago I was in Cabelas buying some finish for the revolver grips I was working on. I'd read about gun wax, and they had some right there on the next peg, so I bought a bottle and tried it out.

    Wow. I love it. It makes the metal look fantastic, and fingerprints don't register. I am going to be a regular user of this product. I'm sure it will need reapplication after firing and subsequent application of cleaning solvents, but no big deal. Note that you should NOT use car waxes on firearms; virtually all of them contain a little bit of abrasive, and that will wear away the bluing. But on to what we all love; pictures.

    I chose a couple of examples, starting with the only before/after photos I got; my FEG HiPower. This is tough to photograph, but I hope these will give you some idea of the benefit.

    Here's the FEG HiPower before.
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    And here's the after.
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    Boy, does the wax make dust specks stand out. They brush off, but it's tough to get them all.

    Here's my Taurus 66 and my classic Colt Cobra. The barrel of this Cobra (and the cylinder, but the cylinder has caught more abuse over the years) has the finest blued finish of anything I own. Considering the price disparity, I'd say the 66 has nothing to be ashamed of.

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    I am really pleased with this wax. Birchwood Casey makes great products, so if you want to do for your blued guns what a good wax does for your car, go for it!
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    Okay, so putting together what you wrote, it is Birchwood Casey gun wax? I see Birchwood Casey Gun Stock Wax on their website. Is that what you're using? If not, maybe a picture of the product or the exact name of it.

    Also, what is the method for applying it? Is it just like a car--rub it in and buff it out?

    I will also be interested in hearing any experts on the board weigh in on the benefits (or more importantly detriments) to using wax on a gun.

    The pictures look great, so I'm gonna try some myself, but just wanted more specifics.

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    Yes, exactly right; Birchwood Casey Gun Stock Wax. This: https://www.cabelas.com/product/Birc...3.uts?slotId=7




    While it says Gun Stock Wax, the packaging also referred to metal. The directions say "Apply directly to wood, metal, or leather surfaces in a thin, even coat. Polish and rub until thoroughly dry." The product description you find on line says "Gun Stock Wax - A high-quality formula combining protective and beautifying qualities of the finest carnauba, beeswax and silicone. Produces a lustrous water repellent film that will not rub off like oils. Offers maximum protection against finish cracking from weather and handling. Enhances and protects the beauty of woods, metals and leather. PLEASE NOTE: This item cannot be shipped to an address within the State of California." Sorry commiefornia comrades.

    I used two pieces of tshirt; one to apply it, and then, after a couple of seconds (I am in the desert) to let it dry a bit, buff it with the other.

    I really wish you all could see the way the wax makes this Taurus 66 glow. Here, this is the reflection of a receipt in the blued, waxed metal.



    That's good stuff right there. Parkerized finishes have their place, but dang do I love revolvers with fine polished blued finishes.
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    I have not tried Birchwood Casey wax, but I might.................
    I use a product called Renaissance Wax and it is great stuff, dont use a lot on the guns, and a can will last for years...................
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    I've got to get with the program! I bought a can of Renaissance Wax over a year ago primarily for an antique cutlass and also to use on my guns. It will last forever at the rate I'm using it... I was also going to use it on my black PT 111 G2 to reduce holster wear wiping off the black...but I sold it prior to getting it waxed.
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    I have heard about Renaissance Wax, but never tried it. I was meaning to, but the Birchwood Casey was right there and didn't cost much, so here we are.
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    Yeah...the Renaissance wax is very pricey...maybe that is why I don't use it...
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    I have been using one of those high tech liquid wax finishes on my polished blue guns for many years now. I bought this stuff back when I bought my last new car about 2004. There is no abrasive in the wax that I use.

    If your finish is one of the matte type finishes, they need to hold lubrication. Parked finishes and most other matte finishes, including matte stainless steel, need to absorb oil to fight off corrosion. If oil is a problem, DFL (Dry Film Lubricant, without wax) used on heated metal works and does not attract dust, dirt and grime like oil. The heat opens the pores of the metal so it absorbs more of the DFL. It is good to use for a carry weapon.
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    It's wood. Use wood cleaning/polishing technics and products. Vintage gun stocks used oils. Murphy's oil soap to clean. Oil of choice; tru oil, boiled linseed, lemon oil... Buff dry for a few days then minwax paste finishing wax and buff to high sheen if you want Purdy wood. Most of us red necks hunt and that shinny Purdy wood ain't fitin on a shootin iron in the woods. Unless your a city dude bird hunting with one of them high end twice guns.

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    I use Renaissance wax primarily for making the finishes on my clients guns pop, and often when I sell or trade a nicely blued or stainless firearm, it will get a light application. I have had the same tiny little can for 4 years now, and it is only half gone. The trick with it is to use just a light application, then wait for it to dry and buff off. I do not use it on guns that get a lot of usage and cleanings, waste of money.
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