Pressure washer, I have visited the self car wash bays close to my house and spent the $6 and used the sprayer there to blow off the heavy scale. Always wondered about applying the hot wax sealent at the end but I use allot of Conibears and I wont make that mistake twice!how do you get the rust off the traps if they have been out side to long?
I had my traps stored in 2, 5 gallon buckets and they leaked so now all my traps are rusted up bad.
Ditto here, late summer when we harvested fallen walnuts we run them through the old corn sheller. Used the walnut husk to boil the traps. Looking for the old recipe for the brew, but can't find it. I remember a little salt and beeswax was some of it. Put them on a fire in a big lard kettle and let them boil all day, let them cool in the kettle and remove them the next day. They had a dark hew about them and worked smoothly.I dye my traps with either walnut hulls or sumac blooms. The sumac makes an almost black color
Best method I found for waxing traps is using a big pot, fill with water bring water to a boil then turn heat down so its not boiling anymore then add wax and let melt and float at the top.You can also use the vinegar water mix above to remove rust and then neutralize with baking soda water mix. After this is done use commercially available trap dye, walnut hulls or anything that produces a tanic solution to color the traps and slow down future oxidation. I dont have any boggy tanic creeks or ponds near me or I would try that also. After the trap is completely dry you can dip in trap wax for added protection. When waxing leave in wax until trap is thoroughly heated and allow excess to drip off. This is how I treat traps that I use. For display I use the method I described earlier. And fishleclair I also made the mistake of waxing a conibear when I was young and also wont ever do it again.
Logwood dye is what I always used for years, did an excellent job. 20 years ago I tried to dye traps with walnut hulls but was not impressed. ten years later i tried drying hulls and using them and that was worse. This time it did a good job, maybe it was the extra ingredients or the fact that many of the walnuts were still green.Dyed and waxed 3 dozen Coyote traps today using some type of ground up plant material sold by Rennos lures.