Rust prevention, press components

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  1. smlranger

    smlranger New Member

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    Access to my range is nearly nil during the summer since 4H uses it. Also, summer activities have me shooting little so I have not loaded ammo in couple of months. I have some rust forming on the powder measure and on the baffle in the measure. A little gun oil should do the trick but was wondering if anyone here has other tricks?
  2. Brisk44

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    On the parts with no contact with powder, I apply a very light coat of paste wax after the area is all cleaned up.
  3. Kevin Rohrer

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    Tricks to prevent rust:
    1. Store in a dry area or use a dehumidifier and keep the humidity in the 50-55% range.
    2. Keep bare and blued metal covered in a good oil like Breakfree or RemOil.
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    Bindernut Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Brisk. I use car wax. Seems to work just fine and the powder won't stick to it.
    Also seems to help prevent static build-up in the powder hopper too...but I might be imagining that.
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  6. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I have always been fortunate. I have never had a problem with rust on my E.Q. However I always have a shop towel with WD-40 and I wipe my stuff down with that. WD-40 dissipates water so you can wipe stuff down with it and it leaves a nice protective coating on whatever you wiped down. I usually wipe my stuff down after each use.
  7. aa1911

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    I grease (automotive grease) all moving parts except anything that is near powder, any other exposed metal surfaces get wiped with LPS 3, a very very effective rust inhibitor; one can is like $15 but it lasts years.

    http://www.lpslabs.com/product_pg/corrosion_pg/LPS3.html

    my presses are in a non-insulated non-heated garage, I have no idea how they have not rusted here in WA but the LPS really helps I believe. I grease 'em down about once a month.

    For long term in betweens, a cover would probably help also, even if it's just an old towel or similar.
  8. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    That's like my garage. In the summer my garage roasts, and in the winter it freezes but I have never had an issue with rust. When I go to the gun shows I see alot of rusty reloading equipment and it makes me realize the importance of keeping stuff wiped down. I don't think it matters too much what you use just as long as you use it.
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