I never used rod wax until I bought a St. Croix. Easy on translated into easy
. I used the stuff on my other rods as well, and had the same poor results. After cleaning all of the wax off my rods, I used the old firm push, with 1/4 turn method. That keeps my rods together, and allows for easy
dis-assembly. I don't push the sections together so hard that they mated
for life, however, and do give them a check every 15-20 minutes. If the
assembly was done right, they'll stay together without much/any re-tightening.
A rod builder told me that the wax's real purpose is to fill in the voids
between male and female portions of the rod, and eliminates/masks the
clicking that can result from a poor fit.
Really horsing a cast can loosen sections as well.