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Offline benchmark

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Gun safe moisture
« on: March 11, 2018, 02:57:42 PM »
Ever have any moisture inside a gun safe damage the contents?  Best prevention? 

Offline Earl Keese

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 04:35:39 PM »
I never have, but I keep a large dessicant can in my safe.

Offline Blackwatch

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2018, 04:45:28 PM »
I use  renewable dehumidifiers - no issues with moisture build up in the safes.

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 05:10:26 PM »
Thanks

Offline n8vmdpath

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2018, 07:25:44 PM »
I had moisture in safe resulting in rust on factory magazines. Best prevention is lightly oil all metal parts and use a renewal dessicant.  There are also zerust vapor rust inhibitor tabs, but I haven't tries those yet

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2018, 10:12:52 PM »
I also use Gel Desiccant Moisture Dehumidifiers in my safe.

Offline double-d

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 07:15:29 AM »
110v goldenrods, never a problem with gun safe humidity in Southern Cal, Tidewater Va or the PNW.

I use desiccant packs in my ammo cans.

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 08:09:47 AM »
I use a golden rod and also the renewable desiccant ones. 



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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 09:51:51 AM »
I've been using the same goldenrod in my safe for 25 years I also keep a 40 watt light on 24/7

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2018, 05:29:37 PM »
+1 for golden rod and my safe is in a humid basement. Used desicant for first years but found it a pita to dry them back out.
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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2018, 08:28:56 PM »
Dri-Rod (Another brand of large, 115 volt resistor) in mine, keeps the humidity down in the 40% range. I also make sure everything has a light coat of oil on it just in case.

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2018, 09:48:38 PM »
20 years on a goldenrod...zero issues

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2018, 05:57:10 AM »
I keep mine well oiled.  Same oily rag I wipe'em all down with after cleaning/handling.

I've left the old M1917's, 03's, a couple shotguns, etc. in zipped up vinyl/cloth gun cases in the attic for up to 8 years (longest they ever went without being inspected/wiped down) with no rust issues at all.  The 3n1 oil was still shiny in some spots where the inside of the gun case hadn't made contacted and absorbed the oil.

I had some of my father-in-laws guns (deer rifles, shotguns) in the attic for over 20 years in their cases and got the down twice to inspect and wipe down.  Again, no rust. 

Down here it can be 0 F in the winter or 98 F in the summer and humid summer or winter.  I've seen it so humid that even my cars sitting in the garage (and the tool boxes) would have a sheen of water drops on them when the temperature would rise a few degrees on a humid morning.

Keep oil on it, if you handle it, wipe it down again.  I just shake my head when someone shows me a gun with palm prints or finger print rust marks on it and says, "Oh yeah, you've gotta have special stuff to keep a gun from rusting.

My 73 Laguna sat outside for almost 20 years (my oldest son is clueless about cars other than where to put the gas and he burnt up the starter after flooding it out one morning - moving it to mow the yard) after I stopped driving it.  When we tore the 350 down to rebuild it as a 327 for my youngest son's Camaro the insides were as clean/shiny as the day it was parked.  Pushrods, cam, crankshaft, cylinder walls, etc. looked perfect.  That was just a 20 year old coating of Castrol 10W-40 - that no one touched with there sweaty/salty hands and of course it didn't rain inside the block but the humidity was whatever it was outside at the time.

Even so, about once a year I field strip, inspect, lube and wipe down a couple garage guns as these aren't there to be "stored". 
Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.  So, if you see me walking the dogs with my SIG 556R, its okay.

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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2018, 08:19:19 AM »
I put a 40 watt light bulb in my safe. It keeps the safe dry and obviously provides lighting. I just leave it on all the time.


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Re: Gun safe moisture
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2018, 08:41:05 PM »
I keep all cleaned firearms surfaces lubes with CorrosionX or Eezox, and use a Golden Rod and dessicant cells. Overkill maybe, but have never had a problem.

 

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