The Ultimate Mid-Drive Chain Care Thread

A spotless chain is key for me with regards to drivetrain maintenance and had great success using an ultrasonic cleaner. This latest review highlights some interesting results. My LBS remarked that many of their customers use Wend Wax which they also sell in the shop. With that said, I have taken preliminary steps with regards to hot waxing the chains on all of our bikes using conventional paraffin.
I used to use melted paraffin on a long recumbent bike chain and had good results but it flaked off pretty fast and needed to be redone a little too often for the hassle of it, IME.
The Silca SS stuff is supposed to yield comparable results without the heating. They also have a bag wax (containing their miracle lubricant) that you put into boiling water, for an alternative.

I recently saw this video where the presenter adds PTFE powder into the hot paraffin.
25:12 min.

Here's a source of PTFE that seems to be well-reviewed:
PTFE Powder
 

Prairie Dog

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Thanks for the guidance Bill. Yes, I acquired PTFE from a similar supplier and plan to add it to the mix. Paraffin can be obtained quite easily and is relatively cheap here and I found a used crockpot on Kijiji. I was sitting on the fence with regards to waxing but decided to give it a whirl after another forum member gave high marks with his experience. It appears that having a clean chain from the start is vital to achieving good and long-lasting results. We'll see. If it's any consolation, I didn't break the bank doing so. Look forward to your feedback with regards to Silca SS. :)
 
Thanks for the guidance Bill. Yes, I acquired PTFE from a similar supplier and plan to add it to the mix. Paraffin can be obtained quite easily and is relatively cheap here and I found a used crockpot on Kijiji. I was sitting on the fence with regards to waxing but decided to give it a whirl after another forum member gave high marks with his experience. It appears that having a clean chain from the start is vital to achieving good and long-lasting results. We'll see. If it's any consolation, I didn't break the bank doing so. Look forward to your feedback with regards to Silca SS. :)
Yes, SUPER clean chain facilitates the adherence to the metal surfaces, from what I've read.
Currently I'm using a degreaser followed by a detergent wash, blown dry by compressed air, and then enough agitated washes in 99% alcohol until the solvent is clean and so is a white rag on the chain.