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Renaissance Wax - Waxing Firearms ?
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Posts: 127
January 22, 2022 - 3:27 pm

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While watching Gun Videos on YouTube, I ran across the use of Renaissance Wax on Firearms.

I have to admit that in 50 years of gun-handling it never occurred to me to put coat of wax on a gun, especially the blued steel.

Of course, I’ve used just about every good quality gun-oil that they make over the years with varying results and satisfaction.

So, does anyone have any experience with “Renaissance Wax” and what do you recommend as the proper procedure for preparation and application ?

Also how pleased were you with the results.  And, are there any other “Waxes” that you would recommend ?

All input will be appreciated.

Dave.

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January 22, 2022 - 3:51 pm

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I like Ren wax and use it on many of my collectible guns. Applying is easy, start with a clean surface, wipe on and buff. I take a jar to most shows to give me something to do during slow times. 

 

Mike

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January 22, 2022 - 4:20 pm

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Yes, I strongly recommend Renaissance Wax as well!

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January 22, 2022 - 4:57 pm

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David McNab said
While watching Gun Videos on YouTube, I ran across the use of Renaissance Wax on Firearms.

I have to admit that in 50 years of gun-handling it never occurred to me to put coat of wax on a gun, especially the blued steel.
 

It’s actually a very old method long used by museums & described in my 1959 NRA “Gun Collectors Handbook,” which recommended transparent shoe wax, among other products.  All those have been superseded by Ren Wax, though to what extent that’s a testament to the power of advertising, I can’t say, never having used it.  One reason I haven’t is uncertainty as to how residual oil in the pores of the steel (which couldn’t be removed without cleaning with a strong solvent) would effect adhesion of the wax–wax & oil seem as if they might possibly be chemically incompatible, but that’s pure specualtion. It’s probably not the concern I think it is, or there wouldn’t be so many satisfied users, like Mike.  My other reason is simply trepidation about changing from a method (use of high-tech petroleum products of one kind or another) that I have confidence in, to something new. 

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January 22, 2022 - 5:44 pm

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I’m no expert and have only been on here a little while, but have used renaissance wax on my modern rifles and shotguns for years 

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January 22, 2022 - 5:55 pm

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I use Johnson old fashion paste wax, the red and yellow can. It looks amber in the can but spreads clear. I won’t put it on an oily surface, I just wipe the gun with a clean micro fiber rag and apply to metal and wood. Let it set 30 minutes and wipe off. It adds a shine to all surfaces bringing out the colors and protects against salty fingerprints, great for gun shows or normal handling. When someone handles the gun finger prints do not show. It will last months in the gun safe and can be removed easily with Scott’s Liquid Gold  on a rag. Don’t use the Scott’s with lemon, use the original. I do not use on guns in poor condition as the wax does seal the metal.

 Many people use Renaissance Wax and it works to. I started using the Johnson and am happy so I stay with it. I have had no sign of damage to blue, case, or wood. The gunmetal on Henry’s and 1866’s I do not wax, rub, or oil. I like to leave the patina breath, maybe not necessary but I don’t like shinny brass. T/R

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January 23, 2022 - 12:31 pm

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Most of the folks I know use Johnson paste wax and a few use Ren wax.  I’m weird and have used T-9 Boeshield for about 6-7 years now. I ran across it when looking for something to protect my shotguns in the Louisiana humidity during dove and duck hunts.  Works really well, doesn’t smell bad, and cleans off easily. All the guns in the safes get an application once or twice a year- no noticeable buildup.

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January 23, 2022 - 2:20 pm

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rwsem said
  I’m weird and have used T-9 Boeshield for about 6-7 years now.

This product is a reincarnation of Anderol, developed in the late ’50s, but never really caught on. I bought a can of it when it was advertised in the Rifleman, but never made much use of it.  Both are waxes dissolved in a solvent.

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