I wipe them well before use, then after use, clean them up if necessary
and do exactly as David does, except I use CRC556 - which does the same job as
well as WD40.
One think I might add, though. There is something in those WD40 and CRC556
lubricants that can be very irritating for some people. I’m a little sensitive to
it myself. If you handle a lot of the stuff and start to get a contact
dermititis, like I’ve seen with some individuals, then I’d go to an organic
solution. Rape-seed oil, or olive oil. You could thin it with scent-free
turpentine. My wife is sensitive to turps. . .not so good for an oil painter.
But the scentless stuff is OK for her. Still got the problem of it drying into a
hard coating though.
Another irritant I’ve found. I had this problem, and so did 3 other jewelers I
know. When working with the public, one must wash polishing compound off
constantly. There is an anti-bacterial hand soap, kind of clear orange in color,
that will turn your hands into HAMBURGER if you use it all the time. Painfull
cracking, bleeding, raw. Nasty. I’ll bet there’s a few out there have had this
problem. It took me a while to put 2+2 together and recognize that the soap was