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  1. von Fraker

    Supply Question

    I have been collecting pens for about 2 years now and have picked up over 150 of them. Some from eBay and this Network but most I have found "in the wild". Some really good ones too (Parker Vac. Oversize Set, Sheaffer Oversize Ballance, 2 Parker Lucky Curves from the 20s, a Waterman's from the late 1890s, etc...) I have have come to realize now that I have more that need serviced than I do that are in working order. There are a few that I think I am going to tackle on my own such as my Esterbrook Js and some of the other Lever Fillers. After watching a few videos on You Tube, I may try to service one of the the Sheaffer Snorkels I picked up yesterday at an estate sale (2 for 25.00 and one works flawlessly). I will leave the corked piston fillers, Sheaffer Vac, and Parker vacs. to the guys like Danny Fudge or Ron Zorn. My question today is can some of the supplies such as silicone grease, shellac, and talc be picked up locally? I ask because I work for NAPA Auto Parts and we sell about 10 different brands of silicone grease. Many of them are made to use on rubber such as on air filter seals, rubber gaskets and o-rings. (This link shows 5 pages of Silicone grease http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Result.aspx?Ntt%3dsilicone%2bgrease%26Ntk%3dKeyword%26Nty%3d1%26Dn%3d0%26D%3dsilicone%2bgrease%26Dk%3d1%26Dp%3d3%26N%3d0 ). I have seen where some guys suggest using graphite powder in place of Talc. We carry this natural graphite powder http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx/Lubricant-Graphite-Based-SLIP-Plate-SEED-Slik-Superior-Graphite-Company/_/R-BK_30734_0006382728 . I have also seen where some use regular Zinsser bulls-eye wood shellac that you can pick up at most hardware retailers. Like here: http://www.lowes.com/pd_208964-90-704H_0__ I am not trying the "cheap route" my main concern is the integrity of the pen but if these products can be used, I could easliy have more than enough to last many years to come. I know the supplies at dealers are not expensive, I just like going out and picking stuff up vs waiting on it to come through the mail/UPS (silly I know). I have to order sacs and snorkel kits anyway so I don't mind just getting it all from one place. I have just always been curious when I walk through the Distribution Center if some of this could work for pens. Go easy on me, remember ...I am new to this Thank you,

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