Ok, so I suspect I know what’s happened here, but I’d like some more experienced heads to chime in.
I thought I’d give chain waxing ago, and started with my TCR (with AXS). As I had a spare, I went with a new chain. I used the sous vide Silca secret blend method, and all in all it worked pretty well. I got two long ish dry ish rides out of it, and by the end of a third, long slightly wet ride, the chain clearly needed re-doing. No problem, almost 300km in damp weather.
Having experienced success, I thought I’d do the Campag chain on the rim brake bike. The chain on this is probably 1000km old, so I ordered a new one. For whatever reason, it hasn’t showed up yet, so I thought fine, I’ll just have to clean the old one very thoroughly. 7-8 passes later, and I thought it was good to go.
Anyway, 70km into my first ride with it (some moisture on the road but a dry day) and the chain is as dry as the Sahara. I got home, washed it down in boiling water, rewaxed it, and… it’s still very dry. It’s like the wax isn’t sticking.
I can only assume that this is because in fact the chain wasn’t/isn’t sufficiently clean for the wax to adhere, even though I thought it was pretty spotless. Any other guesses?
I really thought this was the way forward but it’s maybe turning out to be a bit more hassle than I wanted…
Edit: 1 more thing - if I do persevere, is there any advantage to the crockpot method over the ‘boil in the bag’? I just about get the pouch method past the other half, but a crockpot full of wax might be pushing it (so it would have to be worth it )