As with other safes, gun safes need some kind of protection against factors such as corrosion and rust. After all, time can bring about significant damage through these aspects. And what good is a gun safe if your guns are not protected from these factors?
In case you safe does not have seals around its door, you should start by fixing some. This is to ensure that humid air and moisture does not enter your fingerprint gun safe. Although a simple rubber seal is better than no protection at all, you should ideally use Palusol. This material works especially well in case the safe is exposed to extreme heat.
Rust Preventing Agents:
The next thing to consider is coating your guns with a good rust preventing agent. Three good options include Eezox, CorrosionX, and BoeShield T-9. These products provide reasonably good protection for long periods, and even though they tend to leave a thin film on the guns, the guns can well be used without having to remove this film. This film is basically the protective layer which protects your guns from rust.
Using gun socks to store all your guns is also advised. The good ones are made using synthetic fleece that has been treated using rust preventing agents and silicon. The fleece not only provides you guns with protection against them bumping into each other, but also works in effectively absorbing the moisture present on and around your guns. And since they are rather affordable and come in an assortment of sizes, buying them should require no second thought. A good thing is that if a retailer around you doesn’t have them; they can easily be bought online.
Controlling Temperature and Humidity:
It is crucial that the temperature and humidity within your gun safe be maintained suitably. Know that your guns are more at risk of rust when there is a frequent change in temperatures and in the presence of moisture in the air. Therefore, investing in an ‘electric warming unit’ is a good idea. These devices work by heating their surfaces to a particular temperature, and then continue to maintain warm air within the safe round the clock.
When warm temperature is maintained within the safe, the possibility of rust owing to water vapor condensation goes down significantly. Another option that you can think of in order to regulate the temperature within the safe is simply installing a light bulb inside the safe. Your options in doing so include long life fluorescent bulbs or an ordinary incandescent bulb. What you need to bear in mind if you intend to do so is that bulbs can get rather hot, and you should only use bulbs with low wattage. In addition, easily combustible materials like fabrics and paper should not be placed close to the lighting.
The use of drying agents like silica gel and/or calcium oxide can also help in absorbing moisture from within the safe, and these are rather affordable alternatives. These can be placed in the drawers and on the shelves quite easily. You can easily find different sized packs of these in gun shops, and buying them online is also an alternative.
If you live in a region where the natural humidity is high, and your guns need all the protection they can get, then you should think about investing in a good anti corrosion ‘vapor emitter’. The proficient products in this category work along the same lines that are employed by large industries, the defense forces, etc. These come in the form of stick on cups and strips for smaller spaces and larger shields for big spaces. The price of these isn’t inhibitive either.
So, now that you know how you can protect the guns in your safe from corrosion and rust, all you need to figure out is what works best for you.