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Preserving case colors
August 27, 2013
9:27 am
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What’s the best product for preserving case colors? I have some Old West Snake Oil–will that do the job? Or is there something else?


August 27, 2013
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Winchester originally clear coated case colors but I don’t know what they used, if it was shellac or what. Otherwise is best to keep case colors out of direct sunlight and don’t use anything like wd-40 or products that have lemon in them. Snake oil is a good product.


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August 27, 2013
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In the book about the Browning 1885 BPCR (Miroku replica) Texas Mac author recommends " Renaissance Wax " (English Museum Curators Preservative Wax) as protecting case colors. I recently bought some from Brownells and am impressed with it so far I have applied it to a few guns , and have been especially impressed with it on wood. But have no idea yet about the long term Case Color protection I certainly will continue to limit sunlight exposure. Does anyone have a longer experience with this product ?


August 28, 2013
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I’ve only used it for a little over a year now, so no long term stories. I know quite a few other collectors use it and the subject has come up in the past about using it on case colors. I use it on two of my guns that I don’t touch very often. I think it really makes the metal look good. I did notice it may leave tiny specs of wax in wood where the original finish is gone and there are some open pores or open grain, otherwise looks good too. I do know a shotgun guy that likes the look of Snakeoil on the wood surfaces and Renaissance on the metal. So far I like it where I’ve used it. Ph neutral. Really seems to last.

I’m sure there are other safe waxes out there too. I went with the Renaissance on a few guns because of the recommendations of other collectors.



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