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A more academic perspective from an archaeological perspective:

A looters perspective: Conservation of Iron Artifacts

If cheep and want a waxed look some museums use Renaissance Wax. A better quality coating. No shellac or varnish.

A way to stablize rust surface see general : A Beginners’ Guide to Collecting and Restoration No 2;- Electrolytic Derusting – Antique Firearms Restoration Blog
See electrolysis : How To Derust Cannon Balls

or leave as is...
Not meaning to be more than just informative---Renaissance wax may be good for some but I had a bunch of knives (hand forged) rust overnight with its protection. Never again, for me.
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