I am a printmaker and have a metal etching press. Wondered if
you thought this magic stuff would work on the rollers and bed of
the press also? I live in the very humid South, and have a
terrible time with damp and rust on my very expensive press!
I’m not familiar with the equipment you’re using but I can tell you
that at this point I’ve trusted all my precious tools --rolling
mill, silversmithing hammers, hardened steel bench block, dapping
block and punches, disk cutter, etc-- to this “magic” Durston stuff.
Until I found this stuff I was spending at least an hour a day
polishing and re-polishing my steel tools. Don’t ask me why I was
having such a serious problem but I was … and now I’m not. I think
we all like to go with what works for us and I think that goes double
when you are desperate! I was.
If you think it would work, what do I call it when I contact
Durston, and do you have a phone number for them?
In my conversations with them they’ve just called it “the rust
inhibitor”. FWIW, it’s the color of molasses, is thinned with and
smells like white spirits (or Varsol, or some such thing). I just
paint the stuff on --got the brush from Durston too – and let it
"dry". Once the thinner has evaporated it’s just a thin coat of
toffy coloured grease that’s left. This wipes off quite easily when
you’re ready to use you tools. A quick wipe down with white spirits
get rid of whatever slickness might be left.
Since this stuff in generating such an interest I’m going to contact
Durston again and see what more I can find out. I’ll report back
If you’d like to contact Durston you might want to try the “Contact
Us” page on their site (http://www.durston.com/contact.htm). There
are contact numbers for both the UK and the US. Rio Grande might
also be able to help since, as I understand it, they are the
"official" Durston distributor in the US.