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Old 03-26-2013, 11:41   #1
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Best practices for putting away reloading equipment for a while

For a lot of reasons I'm going to stop reloading for a while. I'd like to put away my dies, powder measures, presses and do what I can to make sure they say in decent shape. I was thinking of spraying everything down with a light coat of oil (suggestions?) and wrapping things up in wax paper or plastic wrap.

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:39   #2
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WD-40 will work fine for protecting metal. You can cover the press up with a garbage bad or something to keep off dust. Store misc stuff in a rubbermaid container or something along those lines.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:49   #3
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If it is for a longer period of time I would use WD 40 FIRST and then wipe with a really oily rag on the outside. WD will evaporate over time but if you use oil right after the WD the WD will help the oil migrate into the cracks. Then use WD to clean it up again and start loading. I would not use the WD on the aluminum powder measure internals. Just some of the more obvious outside parts.
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Old 03-26-2013, 13:29   #4
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I am not a big fan of WD40 for long term storage. It's fine for removing ruist, but kind of lacquers up over time. A gun oil or even motor oil is a better bet. Damp a rag & wipe everything down. I would NOT use it inside a powder measure though. Put in a box or cabinet w/ desic pack, unless you live in humid Florida, should be fine.
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Old 03-26-2013, 14:45   #5
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I would use boeshield t-9 some desicant packets and zip-lock bags. In my experience boeshield t-9 works much better than wd-40 on my woodworking tools cast iron surfaces for storage. I only do two or three wood projects per year and live in a high humidity climate. It's a variety of dissolved waxes and anti-corrosion compounds that dries to a slightly waxy surface if you apply a heavy coat.
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Old 03-26-2013, 15:08   #6
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WD 40 is useless long term, light machine oil or a light grease are much better IMHO.
Even a rag with motor oil as suggested would be good. I have found you can soak metal in WD and leave it in the garage or shop, it will rust before you know it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 15:54   #7
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Once you've followed the advice above, pack it all up and send it to me. I'll be sure it stays functional and well oiled and maintained!

Hope there's not a sad story behind this...
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Old 03-26-2013, 17:39   #8
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Old 03-26-2013, 17:57   #9
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They make CLP specifically for storage. That's what I'd use. WD-40 isn't very durable.

Do coat them with something, however. I've stored loading equipment before and it can really get rusty if neglected.
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Old 03-26-2013, 18:12   #10
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I'd store the stuff in carboard boxes and/or paper bags. A light coat of oil on ferrous parts and not worry about it much beyond that.
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I use RemOil spray, both as a final application when cleaning the arms, and for occasionally giving the dies a light coat of protection in the Florida humidity. Easy to apply.
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I am not a big fan of WD40 for long term storage. It's fine for removing ruist, but kind of lacquers up over time. A gun oil or even motor oil is a better bet. Damp a rag & wipe everything down. I would NOT use it inside a powder measure though. Put in a box or cabinet w/ desic pack, unless you live in humid Florida, should be fine.
Agreed would not use WD-40,instead I would go with either Ezzox or Kroil. SJ 40
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Old 03-26-2013, 21:39   #13
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WD 40 is useless long term, light machine oil or a light grease are much better IMHO.
Even a rag with motor oil as suggested would be good. I have found you can soak metal in WD and leave it in the garage or shop, it will rust before you know it.
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WD-40 is actually a solvent and a degreaser. It breaks up heavier oil, displaces water but then evaporates over time, leaving metal unprotected.
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Old 03-26-2013, 22:05   #14
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Quick wipe down with CLP then into a pelican box with desiccant
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:57   #15
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CLP and ammo cans with a good seal.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:16   #16
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Thanks guys. I called Hornady this morning as I remember getting powder measures from them and they being pretty well protected from the factory.

I seems that they just use C&C cutting/cooling oil to coat metal surfaces and then wrap in wax paper.

I'll look to get some of that.
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Old 03-27-2013, 15:06   #17
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Best to you and hope all is well. You can still drop by even if your not loading at the time.....in other words keep in touch.
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Old 03-27-2013, 16:05   #18
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If it is a Dillon 650, just send it and all of the other equipment you plan to "store" to me. I'll make sure it is well taken care of.
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I would use boeshield t-9 some desicant packets and zip-lock bags. In my experience boeshield t-9 works much better than wd-40 on my woodworking tools cast iron surfaces for storage. I only do two or three wood projects per year and live in a high humidity climate. It's a variety of dissolved waxes and anti-corrosion compounds that dries to a slightly waxy surface if you apply a heavy coat.

Definitely use Boeshield, definitely not WD40.
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Old 03-27-2013, 17:01   #20
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Best to you and hope all is well. You can still drop by even if your not loading at the time.....in other words keep in touch.
I'll be poking around here and there. This place is too far entertaining to give up.

Kids are getting older and their activities are increasing. Also I've started playing Hockey again 2X week and Lacrosse once a week. Then there is work. Just a time thing.

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Agreed would not use WD-40,instead I would go with either Ezzox or Kroil. SJ 40
Well, Kroil is great stuff for cleaning & freeing rusted parts, but not much on preventing rust or lubricating.
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Old 03-27-2013, 19:37   #22
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My money says he will pull everything out again in a couple months.
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Old 03-28-2013, 00:12   #23
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I put my RC press up for a couple years. Coated bare metal parts with some grease and called it a day. When back in service, remove grease, lube properly, go on with life.
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I put my RC press up for a couple years. Coated bare metal parts with some grease and called it a day. When back in service, remove grease, lube properly, go on with life.
100% agree.

Even a light grease like lubra-plate or a cheap white grease in a tub would be better then WD. Stay away from spray on products for the most part.
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