Rust Preventative (for Handpan, Hang and Pantam Drums)

Handpan Rust preventativePure Sound Pan Wax


Josh Rivera, who tunes handpans at Saraz, extensively researched oils, waxes and rust preventatives in 2016. After months of testing and dozens of experimental batches, he developed Pure Sound Wax.

If you are a player looking for the purest sound possible in your Saraz while also achieving rust protection, then we recommend this product over other options. It requires more effort to apply than oils because it is a wax based paste, however it has virtually no effect on the sound of a Saraz where as oils typically shortens the sustain by about 1-2 seconds as well as dampen many of the higher frequencies associated with “brightness”.  The wax is odorless and made from all natural ingredients, none of which are petroleum based.

You can find a demonstration video of Josh applying the wax HERE.

We currently only recommend Pure Sound Pan Wax for the Saraz because it has not been tested across many other brands. If you test it on a different brand of Handpan, please email us with feedback about your experience. If you do not prefer the product or effect, it can be removed with rubbing alcohol. A 0.5 oz tin of Pure Sound Pan Wax is now included with each Saraz. Additional 0.5 oz tins are $6 and 1 oz tins are $12. If you would like to order, please CONTACT US.

froglube rust preventative liquid 4 oz bottle


FROGLUBE® is a non-toxic, biodegradable lubricant made from USDA Certified Food-Grade ingredients that dissolve carbon on contact. It contains no petroleum or water and has a heavy specific gravity, which enables it to ‘season’ handpan metal by absorption deep into the pores. Using FROGLUBE® on your Saraz will reduce friction and protect it against rust. This product has been the most popular Handpan Rust Preventative for years for a reason.

FROGLUBE® liquid 8 oz. bottle is $34.99. Froglube liquid 4 oz. bottle is $19.99. Froglube liquid 1.5 oz. squeeze tube is $15.99. A five pack of wipes in a resealable package is $10.99.

Handpan Rust Preventative Phoenix OilPHOENIX HANDPAN OIL

Phoenix Handpan Oil is skin safe, nonhazardous and made with 99.5% of raw vegetable material.  Thanks to the presence of natural ingredients and essential oil with antibacterial effect, it helps to create a protective barrier  on the surface without leaving residue and giving shiny finish.

We carry 3.4 oz bottle for $18.99


Ballistol has been used for over 100 years to care for various surfaces, including metal. It is biodegradable, non-carconeginc and skin safe.

A little bit of Ballistol goes a long way. Using too much can and will muffle instruments. We do not recommend Ballistol on the Saraz for this reason, however some players prefer this product for more bright and longer sustaining instruments specifically because of its dampening properties. If you use too much and do not like it, the excess can be cleaned off with rubbing alcohol.

Ballistol liquid is available in the 4 oz (non aerosol) can for $11.

A ten pack of individually packaged Ballistol wipes is available for $10.

For more information about Froglube and Ballistol, please see our review of each product.

Shipping and handling in the USA for any of these products is $4.00 up to 3 bottles. If you would like more, please contact us for a quote.
There is no additional shipping charge when these items are purchased with a Saraz.
To purchase Pure Sound Wax, please Contact us directly. To purchase Phoenix Oil, Froglube or Ballistol, please visit: Hard Case Technologies