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Lube!

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:15 pm
Author: geardog32
ok so my piston valve is done i just have to put a chamber and barrel on it. i was just wondering what you guys use to lube your pistons 8)? (hey get your mind out of the gutter). i dont want to put engine grease on it but i want something thicker than silicone spray.

Re: Lube!

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:20 pm
Author: Ragnarok
Look for silicone grease in a tub - it's thicker than the sprays.
Not hugely cheap, but damned impressive stuff. It's non-flammable, so it can't burn for whatever reason. Practically leak proof as well.

I use it for most things these days.

Hey get your mind out of the gutter

You're the one with an avatar containing suggestive integration.

Re: Lube!

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:53 pm
Author: Technician1002
geardog32 wrote:ok so my piston valve is done i just have to put a chamber and barrel on it. i was just wondering what you guys use to lube your pistons 8)? (hey get your mind out of the gutter). i dont want to put engine grease on it but i want something thicker than silicone spray.


Even if your mind is in the gutter, the other lube works fine on o rings. The water based stuff won't damage latex for those building water balloon launchers. It's a little on the spendy side for air cannon use.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-Y_Jelly Info is here.

Yes I have tried it. It works well, but as the article states, it tends to dry out and can be over diluted by too much water. For these reasons, plan on using it frequently if you choose to use it. Good luck explaining to your mom why you need a tube. For that you are on your own. :D

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:06 pm
Author: clemsonguy1125
I use vasaline.

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:19 pm
Author: spudtyrrant
ky jelly oh yeah, just kidding i use silicon grease(as rag suggested) or lithium grease for most of my lube jobs

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:36 pm
Author: geardog32
sounds like silicon grease is the way to go. i was going to ask about Vaseline but it seems everyone is trying to stay away from petroleum based lubricants. as for the ky jelly, i dont feel like this is the right application.

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:42 pm
Author: chenslee
I've got o-rings running on aluminum and vasaline was terrible, it sticks too much before sliding.

I'm using a PTFE infused spray lube right now, but I've used White Lighting with good results. It's a wax/teflon supspension in alcohol. When the alcohol evaporates it leaves a waxy lube that sheds dirt.

If you are jacking around with wet taters, I'm with Ragnarok on the silicone lube.

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:21 pm
Author: MrCrowley
I just use generic 'plumbing lube', comes in a toothpaste like tube.

Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:33 am
Author: TheLostOtter
I've been using vegetable oil and it seems to work fine.

Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:00 am
Author: inonickname
I use dry PTFE/graphite, silicon, petroleum based, moly and white lithium depending on the situation.

The information in here is all quite valid.

Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:01 am
Author: qwerty
I agree with clemonsguy vasaline works fine for me.

Re: Lube!

Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:11 am
Author: Willdebeers
geardog32 wrote: i was just wondering what you guys use to lube your pistons 8)?


For what purpose? :D