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Substitute For Silicone Grease


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#41 Ispriluc

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:20

Would TWSBI silicone grease be OK? Or is that just for the piston mechanism, and not for section threads etc?

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 15:02

Would TWSBI silicone grease be OK? Or is that just for the piston mechanism, and not for section threads etc?


Yes, but the TWSBI is more of a thinner oil consistency than silicone grease.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 17:13

Has PTFE in aerosol form been evaluated for piston lubrication? I noted some for sale at Tool Station today alongside their silicone sprays and wondered how different they were.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:00

I'll make a note, too, that beeswax is used by fly tyers (or was . . . I'm still using some of my grandfather's supplies from sometime around the Pleistocene). You might find a small cake of it in a shop catering to fly tyers. Dubbing wax is a little softer and stickier (it's used to stick underfur trimmings to thread for use as a fly body), but I don't recall what's mixed with the beeswax to give it that consistency.
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 23:08

As a soapmaker, I have the following things handy: coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter. Can I use a small bit of any of those on the section threads of a Preppy in place of silicon grease? I REALLY dislike the Platinum Preppy "Violet" (NOT! It's a reddish purple. Ick..), and am looking forward to filling it with a purple I don't hate... but I also don't want to buy a container of silicon grease for this one pen.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 00:26

Hi,

In my place it is difficult to get Silicone Grease. Can I use Petroleum Jelly as an alternative?.
Is there any adverse effect in using this substitute in materials other than rubber/ebonite?

Please advise.

Thanks
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Plenty of silcone grease available on e bay.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:41

$3.37 at your local Home Depot.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:59

As a soapmaker, I have the following things handy: coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter. Can I use a small bit of any of those on the section threads of a Preppy in place of silicon grease? I REALLY dislike the Platinum Preppy "Violet" (NOT! It's a reddish purple. Ick..), and am looking forward to filling it with a purple I don't hate... but I also don't want to buy a container of silicon grease for this one pen.


I would not use any of these on/in a pen. You do not want to use a biological product on your pen just because it's handy, especially an oil. Bees wax may be the exception. Consider the cost of replacing the pen VS the cost of the silicone grease. I am all for being thrifty. But there are IMO times when being thrifty isn't thrifty, its being cheap. My experience is that being thrifty is good. Being cheap can get you into trouble.

re. PTFE in a spray. The problem is not the teflon. The problem is the vehicle that is used to carry the teflon so that you can spray it. Some of these can damage plastics Use silicone.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:15

This might be strange but I recently had some luck with automotive grease.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:23

This might be strange but I recently had some luck with automotive grease.

There is an automotive silicone grease that is quite acceptable. I would have to go find my notes for the name and item number for it. It is sold in auto shops for the purposes of applying to the battery terminals.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:56

This might be strange but I recently had some luck with automotive grease.


mmmmm I suppose its how you define 'luck'. Its the time factor that also concerns me, just what can occur 12 months down the line if the product selected is not compatible with your resin (precious or otherwise) and cracks start to show :crybaby:

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:41

This might be strange but I recently had some luck with automotive grease.

There is an automotive silicone grease that is quite acceptable. I would have to go find my notes for the name and item number for it. It is sold in auto shops for the purposes of applying to the battery terminals.

I think mine is just general grease.

This might be strange but I recently had some luck with automotive grease.


mmmmm I suppose its how you define 'luck'. Its the time factor that also concerns me, just what can occur 12 months down the line if the product selected is not compatible with your resin (precious or otherwise) and cracks start to show :crybaby:


Actually you're correct. I'll stop being lazy to buy some silicon grease in the morning.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 14:07

This might be strange but I recently had some luck with automotive grease.

There is an automotive silicone grease that is quite acceptable. I would have to go find my notes for the name and item number for it. It is sold in auto shops for the purposes of applying to the battery terminals.

I think mine is just general grease.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 14:45

I discovered mine at Fleet Farm (not sure if other people have these...I know they're called Farm & Fleet elsewhere...they're huge farm/livestock/tools/pretty-much-everything stores.

I had to ask someone to help me find it. No one had heard of "silicone grease," but when I asked for "dielectric grease" they pointed me to it in automotive right away.

It was labeled "silicone grease," so I'm not sure what the confusion was. It was the little round white plastic container pictured in this thread. I guess it is just more commonly called/thought of as "dielectric grease."

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 14:59

Like the old Porsche ads stated..."There is no substitute."
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 21:30

As a soapmaker, I have the following things handy: coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter. Can I use a small bit of any of those on the section threads of a Preppy in place of silicon grease? I REALLY dislike the Platinum Preppy "Violet" (NOT! It's a reddish purple. Ick..), and am looking forward to filling it with a purple I don't hate... but I also don't want to buy a container of silicon grease for this one pen.


I would not use any of these on/in a pen. You do not want to use a biological product on your pen just because it's handy, especially an oil. Bees wax may be the exception. Consider the cost of replacing the pen VS the cost of the silicone grease. I am all for being thrifty. But there are IMO times when being thrifty isn't thrifty, its being cheap. My experience is that being thrifty is good. Being cheap can get you into trouble.


In general, if it were an expensive or special pen, I totally agree with you.

In this case, the grease costs more than the pen (a Preppy). But I also have beeswax, so I'll give that a try first.

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 10:31

Molykote 111 will do a perfect job.

Just Google for it.

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 14:21

Can i use it for my fountain pen? http://www.amazon.co...silicone grease

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 16:47

Geez!  Can there maybe be a pin stating:  The Experts seem to agree that the only grease they would use in a pen is   100% pure silicone grease, take your chances with anything else!


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Posted 12 July 2015 - 18:06

Geez!  Can there maybe be a pin stating:  The Experts seem to agree that the only grease they would use in a pen is   100% pure silicone grease, take your chances with anything else!

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