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Thread: Dried up 45/45/10

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    Dried up 45/45/10

    Can I just add some mineral spirits to bring this back to life? I have a quart from WLL that's probably 5 years old and it very tacky.
    I figured I should do something to preserve it before it's a hard brick. Thanks!

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    Boolit Grand Master
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    Mind explaining what the 45-45-10 is? Much easier to determine what to use
    I for one don’t memorize lubes by just numbers. There are too many these days

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    Boolit Master
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    You'll need to add 10% Mineral Spirits to it, so for a full quart, add 3.2 oz. and shake it up.
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    Yep, just add MS until it's the consistency you want...It will likely help if you heat it up, but I wouldn't heat it past 130F (the temp of typical Hot Tap water).
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    Put some water in a pan on the stove, put the 45/45/10 in it and heat it up until it is what you want.
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    Commonly referred to as 45/45/10
    I believe it's 45% Alox 45% Johnson Paste Wax melted together with 10% Mineral Spirits added once cooled.

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    Yes, warm it up so it's liquid, then add mineral spirits.

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    Boolit Master
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    Now Winchester, TN.
    Someone here a while back recommended putting a marble or ball bearing in with lube so you can shake it as it warms up. It beats wasting lube on a stirrer.
    It’s funny you would think a sealed bottle, jar would keep the spirits from evaporating.
    I’ve even tried different types of plastic bottles with no luck.
    Placing the jar in a container of warm water and hour or two before lubing is the ticket.


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    Worked out perfect. Hot tap water soak 2 or 3 times before it thinned all out. Then I splashed in a little MS to thin it down. Looking at it all cooled down now and it looks like I nailed the MS quantity.
    I wonder if my wife would be mad if I used this as cologne.

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