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Offline copemech

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are you rusty?
« on: July 17, 2017, 12:10:19 AM »
Ok, so I do not lead a perfect life and do not have a perfect wife who allows me to put my reloading gear in the bedroom in a climate controlled environment so my stuff goes in the shed in my little nook. It is not climate controlled 24/7 but I can add a bit of heat in the winter or a bit of cool air in the summer.

In the other times it is subjected to normal variation, and along with normal handling things tend to rust a bit. Oils and stuff are not too good around this stuff because of potential fouling when used as a preventative, and then there is the issue of what to do to clean the stuff or se- rust the knurled and threaded surfaces.

I was peed when my new Hdy  PM started to rust quick after proper initial cleaning.

So what do you do for cleaning/ prevention? :-\

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Re: are you rusty?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 12:26:53 AM »
Live in Texas. ;)

I'm in the attached garage alcove made for a freezer (I guess).  No heat, no cool other than a little rotating space heater in the winter and leaving the door to the cool house open enough to blow cool air with a box fan. ;D

Yes my Lee press/dies get some corrosion after a couple of years,  but tossing them in the tumbler spruces them back up pretty well.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2017, 12:28:47 AM by 1SOW »

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Re: are you rusty?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 06:36:33 AM »
I've had rust (the Lee stuff seems worse for it) on dies and lock rings and press handles, etc.

For the outside surfaces I use a little 0000 steel wool and light oil and then wipe it off with a soft cloth.  The rubbing removes the worst of the rust and the left over oil helps protect the surfaces.

I'll admit, I seldom look at the inside of the dies.  I have a few times, but more for looking for a need for wax removal (bullet lube) on the pistol bullet seating/crimping dies than anything else.  I've always wondered (believed??) that the case lube on the non carbide dies helped protect the inside of the die surfaces from rust.  I know I've used it for lube on the press moving parts several times over the years.  It doesn't seem to run off and make a dirty mess in the floor like oil does (and I use oil sometimes).

Oh, my stuff is currently in an unheated/uncooled garage.  It used to be in my "reloading shed" about 60 yds. from the house.  It wasn't heated/cooled either but was more subject (it seems) to the weather.

I remember reading that some hunters in the Pacific Northwest use wax on their shotguns/rifles to help keep them from rusting.  Something like that might work for outside die surfaces, lock rings, the press handles, etc.
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Re: are you rusty?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 09:41:26 AM »
My basement is dry and remains between 68 and 72 degrees year round. The real problem is many of our loading tools are untreated bare steel so any moisture in their environment will eventually cause corrosion. I give my tools an occasional wipe down with a lightly oiled rag and run an oily patch followed by a dry patch through my dies as well. I've done it this way for years and my tools look just like the did when they were purchased.
I cast handgun bullets and those ferrous molds get drenched in oil when not in use. Yes it takes some time to clean them up and prep them for use but they still look brand new as well.
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Offline FrankW

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Re: are you rusty?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 11:22:59 AM »
I would give Hornady One Shot HD-Extreme a try.  It has great rust protection.  Spray it onto the surface and let drain/stand for 30 seconds and then wipe with clean cloth.  The film left has excellent rust protection and good load carrying ability.  The first time you use it the directions suggest you apply it three times to cleanse the metal of petroleum based lubricants.  This really shines as a rust preventive.


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Re: are you rusty?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 03:05:13 PM »
Fluid Film is all the rage with car guys. Can be found at NAPA parts stores I believe.
It is Lanolin based just like the case lubes but much thicker. I do not know what the solvent and aerosol side of it is.
It really does well for moisture protection. Spray it on a cloth rag and wipe down the equipment.

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Environmentally friendly. Lanolin based. Clean.
Anti freezing agent. Geat for snow blower chutes.
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Re: are you rusty?
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 07:57:25 AM »
Try spraying your machine and dies with spray-on sizing lube. That puts a waxy coating on that will seal the humidity out.
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