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Use car wax on a firearm?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by lbmii, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. lbmii

    lbmii Well-Known Member

    I have a newly acquired like new in box 1985 made blued Ruger Speed Six 2 3/4 357 mag revolver that I am going to put into my concealed carry rotation.

    I am considering using car wax on it to protect its' finish. Has anyone here done this?

    In the Speed Six manual it recommends doing this but the recommendation is in the section concerning the stainless steel version. It is not clear if Ruger was recommending car wax for the blued version as well.

    Seems like a good idea. Any thoughts or experience out there on this?
  2. Kawabuggy

    Kawabuggy Well-Known Member

    I use it as a release agent when I am glass bedding a stock, and I also use it on rifles that will be out in the rain. If it's a truck gun, or a beater, I'll use an artists paint-brush and using a paste, or liquid, car wax, I'll brush it on being sure to get it down into all the nooks & crannies. You don't have to wipe it off. I just leave it on for additional protection. I have found that when you handle the barrel the oils from your skin won't cause surface rust as the wax protects it.
  3. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Well-Known Member

    I have heard of people and Museums and Collectors, using special Conservation Waxes usually used by Museums.

    If using a Car Wax, make sure it is not the kind which contains rubbing compound also.

    Just use a pure Wax of some kind.
  4. 19&41

    19&41 Well-Known Member

    Pay attention to the type of wax you use. Some brands blend mild abrasives into their waxes. Also I have had some brands allow immediate tarnish on the brass frames of the percussion arms I use wax on to preserve the polished brass. Some seem to have a bit of moisture blended in. I'd recommend a brand, but I usually end up studying labels when I have to get a can. I do recommend a paste wax though.
  5. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Good old basic paste wax or bees wax will work well
  6. oldbear

    oldbear Well-Known Member

    I've used a good quality car wax on my blued revolvers for years. Just wipe on let haze up and buff off.
  7. lbmii

    lbmii Well-Known Member

    Yes I'll get the car wax out and give it a try. I'll take the wood grips off first.
  8. WayneD

    WayneD New Member

    Turtle wax is available almost anywhere and seems to work well for me in preventing moisture and hand prints from causing rust on the exposed parts of blued finish guns that I carry in the field. The stuff that has rubbing compound to remove the oxidized paint on car finishes should probably be avoided. There's no substitute for careful reading of the label on the product of your choice before purchase/application.
  9. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Pledge furnitue polish. Doesn't last as long as paste wax, but leaves a lemony fresh smell.
  10. zombie44

    zombie44 Well-Known Member

    I just might have to try this out! Especially on the cylinder face where those carbon rings always appear and are a pain to clean. On my bottle of turtle wax however, it does warn it's combustible, I hope it doesn't mean my now super shiny revolver will burst into a ball of flame :evil:
  11. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    Generally, if a product is described as a polish, it will contain abrasives. If it is described as a wax, it should not. I'd still check the ingredients.
  12. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

  13. Hillbillyz

    Hillbillyz Well-Known Member

    Johnson's paste wax is the yellow can. Protects the wood, metal whatever you use it on.
  14. jlasserton

    jlasserton Active Member

    I have always wondered what kind of wax I could use. I had heard of people doing this too. After reading everyone's comments, I know what I am going to get. Basically I need to choose the right type of wax. I am glad I found this thread!
  15. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    I've also had excellent results with Johnson's Paste Wax. I use it on the blued surfaces on all my hunting guns. Also makes a great release agent.
  16. TX1911fan

    TX1911fan Well-Known Member

    I use Johnson's paste wax on the wood of my rifles. Never thought to use it on the metal. May have to try it.
  17. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    I actually use a blend of a POS museum wax I bought, it was dried out and still sealed :(, cost me more to send it back, and J&J paste, and silicone turtle wax, goes on thick, takes a while to dry, but if I get around to rubbing it off, makes the blue verryyy shiny.
  18. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Johnson's paste wax should also be used generously inside the barrel channel and action inletting of a wood stock. It prevents the wood from absorbing moisture and changing point of impact.
  19. Finprof

    Finprof Well-Known Member

    quuote "I actually use a blend of a POS museum wax I bought, it was dried out and still sealed , cost me more to send it back"

    I hope that wasn't Reniassance wax. Renaissance is a museum-quality wax. I use it on my guns. My musician friends use it on violins that cost as much as a house.
  20. idaram

    idaram Member


    Bri-Wax It's spendy, but gentle and WELL worth it!.


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