Preventing Rust is a Must!
Why Pure Sound Wax?
If you have ever oiled your instrument and noticed a loss of sound, a little less sustain, or a muffling effect, you are not alone! I have cleaned and oiled hundreds of handpans over the last 4 years. Having heard the handpan before and after applying oil it became noticeable after time that on some instruments the oil would shorten the decay time of the instrument's sustain. Once this was noticed, it became quite frustrating and I was resistant to apply the oil. Yet, these instruments need to be protected from the acidity in our finger prints, from the moisture in the air, and from the extra salt that is inherent for those who live closer to the ocean. Including stainless steel! I spent well over a year trying to research other options that were not only a step away from oil, but also completely organic and scent free. It is quite difficult to create petroleum free products, but after researching protectants used in the past I was able to create a wax with only 3 natural ingredients that has proven, on some instruments, to have little to no affect on the sound yet still provide protection for instruments that are cared for. There is no oil or wax in the world that will protect your handpan from lack of proper care! For those who prefer oil on their instrument I recommend using Phoenix Oil, which is made by some good friends and amazing handpan players. If for any reason you find you do not like the affect of Pure Sound Wax on your instrument, it is easily removed. For application and removal, just follow the steps below!
Applying Pure Sound Wax
1. Scrub and clean your instrument well by using a soft scrubbing pad, rubbing alcohol, and a clean cloth to remove previous wax or oil applications.
2. Using a clean microfibre cloth, apply a layer of Pure Sound Wax to the entire instrument as evenly as possible. You should see a slight color change where the Pure Sound Wax has been applied.
3. Let the wax dry on the instrument over night, or at least 4-6 hours, with an open air flow.
4. Remove the wax using a clean microfibre cloth until the instrument feels smooth.
5. Repeat every 6-8 weeks. More often if you live in climates with high humidity or closer to the ocean