My dies rusted!


October 11, 2011, 02:51 PM
so i'm reasonably new to reloading. i've been spraying down all my dies and various reloading tool with the hornady solvent/ dry lube in one can.

we finally got our first day of real rain the other day. i go out to the garage for something and notice i have surface rust on my dies, the handle arm to my rock chucker and the cylender on my powder thrower.

I've sprayed these all down many times with this hornady product and still got rust from the humidty of one good rain storm.

i rubbed all the rust off with some flitz and breakfree'd every piece of equipment i have.

yall have any advice of a dry lube product that will actually protect my gear. I love breakfree but i'm afraid to contaminate my powder while loading

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October 11, 2011, 03:06 PM
Johnson's Paste Floor Wax.

See this about that:

I would also suspect you are one of those people who have toxic sweat.
Some folks hand prints can rust the chrome of a Harley muffler while you stand there and watch it happen!

Maybe washing your hands real good to get the salt sweat off before you reload could help too.


October 11, 2011, 03:37 PM
Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner-Degreaser and Dry Lubricant

Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner-Dergreaser and Dry Lubricant reduces friction, cleans grit, grime and old oil from firearms and reloading equipment. It leaves behind a thin dry lube impervious to heat, cold or buildup.

You cleaned it very well. Degreased them

Notice is says nothing about protection or rust prevention?

Get some vapor corrosion chips and put them in the die box.

October 11, 2011, 04:26 PM
I treat dies sorta like a gun barrel. After cleaning I apply a light coat of oil, any gun oil will do. I just go over them with a dry cloth before the next use, inside mostly. Especially for storage periods they should be protected with a light oil coat.

October 11, 2011, 04:36 PM
kroil EVERY time im done i also spray all my molds too .My sweat does that too and i live in fl

Super Sneaky Steve
October 11, 2011, 04:59 PM
Mine get rusty too. I just learned to live with it. Sometimes I'll put a light coat of WD40 on em but they still rust.

T Bran
October 11, 2011, 05:11 PM
Im also in nice humid Florida and have no rust on my dies since when I finish a session the whole works press and all gets hosed down with Rem oil. When I start a new session it all gets wiped down with a cotton cloth and I just swab out the inside of my dies with a couple qtips. A word of caution be sure that the lid is on your powder measure they are a real PITA to clean oil out of and that light fog gets everywhere.

October 11, 2011, 05:24 PM
I keep and use mine indoors. No particular effort to treat for corrosion resistance, but no rust.

October 11, 2011, 05:30 PM
I use Rig+P stainless steel lube, coat the inside and out after use.

October 11, 2011, 07:16 PM
For extended periods of inactivity, automotive paste wax is a great moisture barrier. Apply to steel surfaces, make sure the coat is thorough.

Master Blaster
October 11, 2011, 07:25 PM
My Dillon dies have never gotten a spec of rust, the Hornady dies which are right next to them on the bench grow rust like my lawn grows weeds. The Dillons are coated or plated the Hornadys are not. Lee dies are also plated and do not rust.

October 11, 2011, 07:30 PM
I use Barricade by Birchwood-Casey
It works

October 11, 2011, 11:57 PM
I took these rusted dies (and oh boy, they were really rusty!) and got them shiny on this thread -

For light surface rust, polish them in fine walnut media treated with NuFinish and the residual polish on the surface will keep them rust-free for 6-12 months. If you see anymore surface rust, just toss them again in the tumbler. :D

October 12, 2011, 12:18 AM
Master Blaster, I too have Lee dies and they will rust. Mine are the collet dies in .270 and the carbide dies in 9mm. May not be the same as yours. I just use whatever oil I have on hand, sometimes gun oil, sometimes motor oil .

October 12, 2011, 02:44 AM
Master Blaster, I too have Lee dies and they will rust. Mine are the collet dies in .270 and the carbide dies in 9mm. May not be the same as yours. I just use whatever oil I have on hand, sometimes gun oil, sometimes motor oil .

I too have lee dies that have had surface rust issues. I use lee deluxe 4 die set for 357, 9mm, 45 colt and all three had surface rust within the first 6 weeks after getting them NIB.

I blame me though. I was new to reloading (still am) and did not coat with anything. After I noticed the rust I posted here and took the advice of:

Removing rust with fine steel wool
lightly coating with gun oil
applying johnson paste wax

Several months later and no more rust

October 12, 2011, 03:40 AM
If I had to keep my equipment in such a humid place, I'd keep what I could in a sealed container.

October 12, 2011, 10:12 AM
I had some rust on my dies/press, I blame my sweat, it's seriously corrosive.

I cleaned them off with some fine steel wool and oiled everything down. Now I make sure I was my hands really well BEFORE I start reloading. When I'm finished I give everything a quick wipe down with WD40.

Also try throwing a desiccant pack with your dies when you store them. I keep one in my gun safe and with whatever dies aren't currently on my press.

October 12, 2011, 11:01 AM
Don't forget to cover your press/dies/powder thrower to keep dust off the surface. In a dusty environment like a garage a film of dust will draw moisture from the air and hold it against the steel. My advice, lightly oil with the CLP you already have, wipe off the excess and cover everything or box up the dies. The CLP will dry forming a film after a day or so and will not attract dust.

October 12, 2011, 02:01 PM
I keep my press on the enclosed back porch and needless to say my lee dies tend to get some light surface rust/pitting.

It doesn't seem to hurt function and I cant stop it from happening(will try polishing them though).

October 12, 2011, 02:16 PM
For light surface rust, tumbling in walnut with NuFinish does wonders.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
October 12, 2011, 02:25 PM
I have many tools which I cannot afford to let rust, so I run a dehumidifier all late-spring, summer and early-fall in my basement. I know it is working well when I never see any condensation dripping off my cold water pipes (water from a 220' deep drilled well).

I am almost to the point of being able to shut off the dehumidifier now that the boiler is starting to run more as summer is over and winter is coming!:what:

Of course, my reloading bench is all set up in the basement, and I never worry about rusting.

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