Pure Sound Wax Application

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Pure Sound Wax was developed by Josh Rivera of Rivera Steel Tuning for the specific application of Handpan rust protection. It is designed to offer an alternative to oils as it is odorless and made from all natural ingredients, specifically petroleum free.

It is harder to apply than oils, however it provides a much more natural finish on the instrument, helping to maximise the sustain. Most oil products have varying degrees of dampening effects on the sound, this wax has been shown to have the least impact.

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Applying the wax takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes, however note that the instrument must be left to sit overnight during the process to allow the wax to dry and absorb into the pores of the steel. As recommended by Rivera Steel Tuning, apply every couple of months. However this will depend on the material the instrument is made from, how well it is cared for, the climate the instrument lives in and how often it is played.


As with all products it is up to the instrument owner to decide how often to apply care products. If in doubt, contact us or your relevant instrument manufacturer for more details.


Doing regular spot checks will help to keep on top of any rust or discolouration developing.

You will need the following 3 items to apply Pure Sound Wax to your instrument:

Pure Sound Wax

Application cloth

Clean microfibre buffing cloth

Step by Step guide to Applying Pure Sound Wax:

     Prepare the instrument by wiping it down thoroughly with a microfibre cloth to remove any oils or residue. We recommend to clean your instrument with isopropyl alcohol every 6 to 12 months, or if there are any other products on your instrument and you're applying the wax for the first time. Remove any rubber or fabric trims.


     Using the application cloth, apply a light layer of Pure Sound Wax to both sides of your instrument as well as the rim. DO NOT apply the wax to the inside of the instrument EXCEPT for around the inside of the port at approximately a fingers length in (to protect it from our fingers as this is a common place to pickup and carry the instrument).


     Allow the wax to absorb and dry on the instrument for at least 4 to 6 hours, do this outside the case where the instrument can breathe.


     Using a clean microfibre cloth, buff and remove as much excess wax as you can until the instrument is smooth and has a matte finish.


     Replace any trims removed. This process must be repeated every 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes more or less frequently depending on your situation.

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