Candle wax for potting pickups

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  1. Pat

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    Hi there does anybody know if you can use candle wax for oottpot pickups? I.e if I just bought a load of standard unscented candles and melted them down could I use that?

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    yep, wax is wax, you don't need anything special afaik.
     
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    Everyday parrafin wax works great. The candles should say what kind of wax they use.

    Careful, it can be very flammable, so melt it in a rice cooker, crock pot, etc.

    Not necessarily. Some naturally derived waxes can rot or dry too brittle. Which is why some add beeswax to the mix.
     
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    Candle wax usually works in a pinch.

    Wax for potting only needs to be able to melt into a liquid runny enough to get into all of the crevices, then solidify upon cooling hard enough to keep the pieces all in place relative to one another, and it also needs to be non-conductive and magnetically permiable, and candle wax should fit the bill.

    There are a lot of different types of wax, including some fancy dielectric waxes used for insulating electronics, but, my bet is that the fancy wax is not really too far off from your garden-variety candle wax anyway.
     
  5. Pat

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    Great stuff thanks all - side question, would I need to pot the pick-up covers too? At least just the inside of them? Thanks
     
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    KnightBrolaire despair ahead

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    nah, as long as the pickup itself is potted you'll be fine.
     
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    Many thanks
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    You could probably find some Gulf Wax, which is supposed to be food-grade paraffin wax.
     
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    I've used regular paraffin wax from Hobby Lobby that works great. Just be sure not to overheat the wax, or the potting won't be as effective.
     
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    True audiophiles only use ear wax
     
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    Just go to the thrift store and buy a cheap small pot, and you place the wax in it. You then heat water in a large pot, and place the small pot into the water, you can pretty easily regulate the temp like this.
     

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