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What's the best substance to use to protect the blueing on a pistol? I've heard that Turtle Wax rubbed onto the surface works well (though I haven't tried it). Any thoughts or recommendations?

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Ivanhoe,
The stuff that many gun factories use is Du-Lite "Kwik Seal". This stuff dries in about 2 hours, containes oils/waxes. Kwik Seal is made by the folks that supply many gun manufacturers Black Oxide finishes. Companies like S&W, Ruger as well as Winchester use Du-Lite finishes. Kwik Seal is primarily a rust preventative for the guns when they come out of the boiling hot tank. This stuff is really good and will keep rust away from guns longer then many other products. The fact that it dries somewhat within a few hours application is very beneficial.

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Are you planning on using or storing the gun?

For use, Eezox gun care is one of the best. It remains dry to the touch, protects better than most greases and specialty products, and is one of the best lubes available. Good stuff. www.eezox.com
Or order factory direct at 1-800-462-3331

Other good products are Break-Free CLP, G96 Gun Treatment, and Corrosion X. www.break-free.com www.g96products.com www.corrosionx.com

For long storage, RIG grease is good. For storing a weapon that must remain in "grab and go" condition, Milcomm TW-25B is the way to go. www.milcomm.com

Order Break-Free and RIG products from www.midsouthshooterssupply.com at great prices.

Lots of good stuff at www.brownells.com

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HeiloMan and CH -- thanks for your replies.

CH, it will be taken to the range frequently and I wanted something that I could apply after a cleaning and a wipe down. Consequently, the Milcomm sounds interesting.
By the way, what do you think of Birchwood Casey Sheath?

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I have friends who have used RIG (rust inhibiting grease) for years and claim it is great. I have used it for a year now, so my results would hardly count as conclusive, but it seems to work fine. RIG comes on a polish/buff pad. We have a sporting goods store here in Texas called Academy. They sell the pad for about $6 and rig refill costs $4. I bought both but have not added the extra rig to the rag as the rag seems to still treat guns just fine.
 

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http://shop.woodcraft.com
Click on Online "Catalogue", then "Finishing", Then "Waxes".

RENAISSANCE WAX

"Prior to 1950, the only polishes available were based on beeswax and carnuba wax. Unfortunately, these natural, saponifiable products would cause damage when acids arose spontaneously through oxidation or hydrolysis.

To solve the problem, a consortium of international conservationists directed a scientist from the British Museum to conduct intensive research and find the "perfect wax." When he could not find any that met their exacting standards, he created a new wax in his laboratory. The revolutionary formula he invented is a semi-synthetic micro-crystalline fossil-origin wax entirely free of, damaging acids. It remains chemically neutral and is therefore completely safe, even on vulnerable surfaces.

The British Museum approved manufacture of this wax for its own use and for distribution to the public. That "perfect wax" is now available internationally under the name RENAISSANCE WAX .

Lift oil, dirt and the murky accretions of other polishes. The surface detail remains crystal clear through unlimited applications of this translucent wax; removes previous wax build-up; reveals fine detail & wood grain; non-staining, non-abrasive.

Revitalize and return your objects to pristine condition. RENAISSANCE WAX buffs easily to a hard, transparent finish that will not discolor; Renews fading colors and "tired finishes;" retains matte finish when unpolished; buffs to a high gloss; reduces shine of new picture varnish.

Guard your precious pieces against the damaging effects of humidity...heat...dust... environmental destruction...aging...and ordinary wear. RENAISSANCE WAX provides a barrier against fingerprints and the devastation of water, wine, alcohol and other spills. With its high moisture resistance, it forms a durable, lustrous protective coating. prevents tarnish, corrosion and "bloom;" remains completely waterproof; retards weathering on exteriors and objects exposed to climatic abrasion.

Alittle goes a long way. Excellent spread and indefinite shelf life make RENAISSANCE WAX economical and convenient, even for very large objects and infrequent use. A small dab goes a long way, unlike most waxes that need generous application. Use a minimal amount of RENAISSANCE WAX , rub lightly, and buff if a gloss is desired. The long-lasting preservation reduces the need for frequent maintenance. Airtight container keeps wax in perfect condition; always spreadable, no caking or drying out; indefinite shelf life; no "polish smell;" no added fragrance to endanger material.

WHO USES RENAISSANCE WAX/POLISH - UK: British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Armories (Tower of London in London & Leeds, National Army Museum, Imperial War Museum, the Wallace Collection, H.M. the Queen's Royal Armorer (at Marlborough House), the Guards Museum (Wellington Barracks), the Gurkha Museum (Winchester), the Military Museums at Aldershot, Royal Green Jackets Regimental Museum, the Gunsmith at Chatham Historic Dockyard (Kent), the Johnny Armstrong Gallery, and Museum of Border Arms & Armor (Scotland), National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. Belgium: Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire-Brussels. USA: Gunsmith at Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Academy of Art-Honolulu, Texarcana College-Bladesmithing & Metallurgy, Rockfeller Restorations, and many many more institutions around the world."


And no - I don't sell it. But if I had the capital I would do for sure. It's great stuff.
 

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Originally posted by Ivanhoe:
HeiloMan and CH -- thanks for your replies.

CH, it will be taken to the range frequently and I wanted something that I could apply after a cleaning and a wipe down. Consequently, the Milcomm sounds interesting.
By the way, what do you think of Birchwood Casey Sheath?

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Ivanhoe,
No problem, CH knows his gun products. To change the subject.......Yes, I've used Birchwood Casey "Shealth". This is a pleasant, very light protective oil that acts to clean the finish and neutralize any and all corrosive acid residue. Fingerprint damage is very manifest on blued guns that are handled and not wiped off with a good product such as Shealth. I feel that Du-Lite Kwik Seal is a great products also. I have always been very receptive to Du-Lites pleasant smell. It reminds me of many gun factory finishing rooms. Du-Lite or Shealth should keep the finish in good shape for many years to come. I like Du-Lite a bit more because it deposits a light coating of wax to protect the bluing. I think Du-Lite has a web site at (Or just search "Kwik Seal" on the net.

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I have been using Corrosion-X for almost five years on all of my guns and boats and trailers. I use my boats in salt water, so corrosion is a very large problem.

The Corrosion-X is fantastic at stopping/inhibiting rust etc. It is a good solvent and actually penetrates the metal and leaves a dry protective coating. It is not a great lubricant for high wear bearing areas such as slide rails etc.

I have used it on hard to get at places on boats that I used to have a lot of rust problems with. The Corrosion-X just stops rust. I really recommend it for any and all rust prevention applications.
 

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I have been testing Eezox on several weapons, and I am extremely impressed so far. This may be the holy grail
. Eezox always does extremely well in wear tests and corrosion tests, but the proof's in the pudding.
My only issue is the smell-not offensive, just noticeable. Eezox assured me that it's no problem for hunters, as the smell is like that of a "fresh cut wheat field". It's very popular with big game hunters, so it should be okay in that regard.
Give it a go--you will be impressed. www.eezox.com
 

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CH,

Thank you for your replies. By the way, do you use Eezox for cleaning as well? I'm searching for the best (safest) cleaner/solvent for cleaning a blued pistol that won't harm the finish. If Eezox can do it all (even if I have to apply it and let it "soak" for a while before brushing the slide rails, breech face, etc,) than by all means I'll give it a try. Although I use a copper solvent for the bore, I'm getting tired of acting on the verge of neurosis when it comes to finding the "best" lube and the "best" solvent. If one can do it all, bring it on! I realize that it's the frequency of the maintenance that's most important.

Thanks again.
 
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