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Unread postAuthor: tape fist » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:25 pm

what can be used to lube a piston that an average person would have lying around there house?Thanks for your help
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:42 pm

it depends what you mean as an average person... try vaseline :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: tape fist » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:56 pm

haha do you think that will work?
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Unread postAuthor: jonnyboy » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:03 pm

Pam works.


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Unread postAuthor: trigun » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:11 pm

Pam- Vaseline is a great lubricator do to the fact that it doesn't damage the rubber seals on anything thus it is sometimes used in the automotive world.
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Unread postAuthor: FishBoy » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:50 pm

for small pistons however, it can sometimes slow them sllightly and a thinner oil will work better.
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Unread postAuthor: tape fist » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:11 pm

Thanks the Vaseline worked out great now.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:45 pm

Petroleum products can soften or damage rubbers and polymers.
Vaseline is petroleum.

KY jelly or some other personal lubricant would also work.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:08 pm

Try lithium grease, I've heard of people using it an it came highly recommended.
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Unread postAuthor: trigun » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:19 pm

psycix vasoline does not damage the rubber. Using oil like motor oil will damage the rubber however.
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Unread postAuthor: jeepkahn » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:00 pm

the best thing I've found is air tool lubricant... And just think, it's made for use in pneumatics...
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Unread postAuthor: Gippeto » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:40 pm

I've used lithium grease and silicone grease for piston lube. Both work excellent.

Silicone grease can be found at the automotive parts counter as "Dielectric tune up grease".

Of the two, I prefer the silicone grease as it never seems to need to be replenished. Lube it and forget it. :)

I do use light petroleum based oil in my stirrup pump. (10w non detergent)
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