Sealing wax is used for sealing the locking mechanism of adjustable
style threaded ring gages. Sealing wax is color coordinated in red
and green for use with GO and NOGO ring gages. Sealing wax is supplied
in 1/4 pound sticks and packaged four sticks per pound box. Sealing
wax is sold by the pound box. The current cost for sealing wax is
$32.00 per box.
To apply the sealing wax, it needs to be heated to melting point.
This can be accomplished using a pin torch or a soldering iron.
The wax is dripped onto the top of the locking mechanism, filling
the hole. While the sealing wax is soft a unique stamp or mark can
be made in the wax as a tamper notification. When the sealing wax
stick becomes too short to comfortably grasp, it can be welded to
the end of a full stick.
An alternative to sealing wax.
Some gage makers are now using hot glue as an alternative to sealing
wax. The advantages are several.
1. The hot glue is easier to apply because it is contained in a
hot glue gun, thus no open flame and no dripping into a hole.
2. Hot glue is less expensive and is readily available in colors
at any craft store.
3. The hot glue guns are also inexpensive.
4. Hot glue, while still difficult to remove, it is much easier
to remove from the gage than sealing wax. Hot glue comes out cleaner
and with less digging.
Initial Posting: 6/25/2005
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