Hi Gang, I continually have to deal with rust prevention, removal,
etc., since my studio is not climate controlled, and I’m in the
relatively humid southeastern U.S. I have yet to develop a perfect
solution… it is a constant, and often losing battle.
One suggestion I’ve used, but not seen mentioned in this thread, is
recommended by Jeff Herman, of the Society of American Silversmiths
(www. silversmithing.com). He recommends using Renaissance Wax or
Butcher’s Wax (both brand names), which are high grade wax polishes
often used for furniture, bowling alleys, etc. A couple light coats
of wax will seal out the air and moisture without the gummy/oily mess
you get with WD-40 or 3-in-1 oil.
I was able to find the wax in the floor cleaning and finishing
section of a better hardware store. Not the kind of stuff you’ll find
in a jewelry or tools catalog. May be worth a try!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)