Anyone store blued guns in wax paper?


October 28, 2012, 09:30 PM
Would it be a good idea to oil a blued pistol and wrap it in wax paper for storage on its side in a safe?

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October 28, 2012, 09:54 PM
an interesting concept, but why not just wax the gun?

I'm interested in replies as well, though, the idea may have some merit.

October 28, 2012, 10:00 PM
I would think over time the oil would leak through the waxed paper and make a mess in your safe. If you do not care about some excess oil in the safe, I don't think it will do any harm. I would be careful if it had wood grips.

October 28, 2012, 10:14 PM
I used kleen bore rust inhibitor bags when I was in North Carolina. Never had a problem. Lot cleaner or neater that wax paper and oil.

October 28, 2012, 10:25 PM
If the cabinet or safe is in an area where the relative humidity is higher than normal then the wax paper won't help a lick. The key is to reduce the relative humidity in your cabinet or safe so that the oil can do its job and avoid the rust issue. If conditions are right then rust won't form. If they are not right then all the waxed paper you can wrap around the gun will only delay the inevitable.

October 30, 2012, 08:00 AM
Why not VCI bags? The cost is moderate and there is no guessing.

October 30, 2012, 09:13 AM
Some people dont like WD-40 but here is what i know. My gr. gr. Uncle had a couple colts form the 30' s. They were shot a lot. And oiled when put away. My dad inherited then in the 60's. Didn't shoot as much but whiped them down once a year or two with WD-40. Last time i remember shooting them was in the 80's...rarely if ever get whipped down now unless handled and still look as good as new. We live and have always lived in southwest courner of michigan so do have a lot of humidity in the summer. They also have spent the last 20 years or better in cabnet and now safe in basement. So i guess what i am saying i personally (and this is just me) think people put way to much into cleaning and preserving. Not saying its a bad thing but a good wipe down after handling with a rag with WD-40 or the like on it should be good enough.

October 30, 2012, 02:51 PM
A bunch of manufacturers of magazines, firearms, armorer's tools/gages, bayonets and fighting knives used waxed-paper at one time though anytime I've seen it, it was always in a clingier and heavier state than the typical household stuff.

October 30, 2012, 02:57 PM
All of mine are wrapped in a piece of oily flannel.

4v50 Gary
October 30, 2012, 09:42 PM
Rig Gun Grease. Use it.

If you're not shooting them at all, then apply Renaissance Wax.

October 31, 2012, 12:47 AM
I go thru lots of silicone cans. Every hard/soft case, of every sort, gun socks and to a lesser degree, holsters, gets soaked in it, then I double up by wiping the gun metal down. I store them, mostly pistols, in cases and leather and never found rust on anything except a black powder revolvers nipples.

October 31, 2012, 02:28 AM
I have used waxed paper when storing handguns..first metal was coated with RIG & W.P. applied to keep grease from being wiped off ..stored inside old socks! Took them out several years later and just fine. I now store in silicone treated gun rugs..and make sure to check more often! However, I did have a problem with oil & waxed paper storage.
I used to store bullet moulds I didn't use often in waxed paper after heavely oiling..a couple I checked after several years had passed..the oil must have disolved the wax in the paper..and then dried out over time, and then began to absorb moisture....caught just in time, as the outside metal was just beginning to form light surface rust.

October 31, 2012, 02:44 AM
S&W has been sending out guns in waxed paper for decades

October 31, 2012, 08:50 AM

It only took til post #7 before the recommendation for WD-40 to occur. :(

October 31, 2012, 09:08 AM
Being an Old Fart, I am a RIG fan.
I have been using RIG since I was a kid.
If RIG is not available, Outer's Gun grease is the same thing.
A 10"X10" piece of REAL Sheep's Skin is an ideal applicator.
Once impregnated with "grease" , the skin is an ideal way to wipe off the
I am a BIG fan of WD-40 BUT it does NOT come anywhere near my guns!

October 31, 2012, 09:13 AM
BSA are you an advocate for or against the WD-40? I'm guessing against and curious why as I've heard of and known many people to rely on it for many generations but have only ever heard speculation about 'it leaves a residue' or 'it doesn't really oil/lubricate/protect'?

Steel Horse Rider
October 31, 2012, 10:01 AM
WD-40 is a solvent with moisture dispersing traits and does leave a bit of an oily residue which I would think would be an enhancement for storage. It seems there are folks who believe they have the market cornered for cleaning and storage solutions and look down on anyone who differes from their orthodoxy even though I have yet to read any reports of WD-40 ruining anything on which it was used according to its capabilities.

Just to clear the record I use WD-40 for cleaning purposes, especially for removing cosmoline,and for the initial cleaning of the breach and bore of my Mosins, I also use CLP, Remington gun oil, a silicone based cleaner from Hornady, as well as several other lubricants and preservatives. Belittling a product or procedure that has obviously worked for the poster is a great example of why this place may be inappropriately named.

October 31, 2012, 10:15 PM
WD-40 is a water dispersant, meaning it causes water to run off or out of an object. It is NOT a genuine long-lasting lubricant. Also keep in mind that when you spray any kind of aerosol product, the spray is very cool. This causes moisture to condense on the surface being sprayed, exactly the opposite of what you want in a gun.

WD-40 does contain a light lubricant, but something like RIG does a far better job of protecting guns in long-term storage.

dogtown tom
October 31, 2012, 10:57 PM
Waxed paper merely keeps the oil on the gun from staining the box it came in.

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