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Date Posted: 02/11/19 10:17:40
Author: Roy Parker
Subject: Re: Finish wax formulae
In reply to: Arvind 's message, "Finish wax formulae" on 02/10/19 05:35:54

I don't have direct experience with your particular problem, although I have been fiddling with various waxes and oils for decades making patch lubes for muzzle loading rifles. Just a couple of comments for your consideration.

Johnson and Johnson paste wax, some 100 years in production for use on wood floors, uses toluene as the main solvent.

You can add more solvent to the sealed jar to soften the wax blend. It will slowly penetrate the whole mass in a week or two, but it is faster to heat it and mix it in. If you reheat it try to keep the temperature just above melting for the wax. Dip a metal spoon in the mix and let it cool to room temperature to check for hardness. If too hard, add more solvent and test again. Rinse and repeat until you get the softness you want.

Patch lubes are usually blends of a tallow, beeswax and an oil, typically olive oil. The olive oil content lets me change the stiffness of the mix for summer and winter conditions. I do the spoon check for hardness until I get the mixture right. You might consider adding 10% mineral oil as a starting point. It will never go rancid.

Good luck, and I hope something here will help.

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