Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Screw tackiness research

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I found myself in a craft store in Asheville today (apple run for Cortland) where they had candle making supplies in bulk. There were three wax offerings- bee, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes. There are various grades of paraffin wax so the following ranking might change for some other grade. In terms of tacky, that is ease of sticking some to a screw or nail-

microcrystalline>>paraffin>bee. The microcrystalline was about like the band saw lube sticks. Fifty cents worth would be a 40 year supply for most.

The problem with candle wax is it likely contains hardeners which will make it less tacky. One common hardener is steric acid which could promote corrosion.

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