Preventing rust on an authentic #3 grenade

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  1. Prometheus

    Prometheus Well-Known Member

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    My authentic #3 grenade has achieved enough rust for that weathered look and i am going to slow down the rusting process.
    What kind of lubricant should one use?
    Can one of those silicone based lubricant for airsoft guns be used? Will it eat through steel?
     
  2. CMANavy

    CMANavy Sr Member

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    Some type of clear coat? Once it starts rusting, it will keep rusting.
     
  3. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    You could use plain old gun oil. But anything you use, the grenade will always be oily or slick. I think your best option is to seal it in a clear coat.

    -Fred
     
  4. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    Yep, clear coat. Remember that you'll get a better finish with several light layers rather than a few thick ones.
     
  5. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You could try something called top coat, it's used for table saws, jointer planers and the like to keep the beds from rusting. It shouldn't leave any kind of oily surface but you'll need to re-apply it from time to time I believe.
     
  6. Lanboy

    Lanboy Well-Known Member

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    There is a material called Rennaisance Wax, a micro-crystalline wax that is used by museums to prevent oxidation on items like medieval armor and weapons. A lot of sword owners use it. You can buy it on eBay, it's not expensive.
     
  7. RedTwoX

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    I did a few searches, and I'm seeing a lot good reviews of Renaissance Wax. I may need to track some down and try it. Thanks for the tip.
     
  8. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    I'd take a wire brush to it right now, to remove as much rust as you can. (I did to mine) ;) And replace that with brown acrylic paint for the effect (if you want it to appear rusted).

    Then coat it or let it weather naturally.
     
  9. ob1al

    ob1al Sr Member

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    Doesn't a little WD40 help prevent rust?
     
  10. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    WD40 breaks down rust. It'll make his grenade look new again. Only in this hobby is that a bad thing.

    We have got to be the only people who spend good money on new things and then find ways to make them look old and crappy :lol.

    -Fred
     

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