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to lube or not to lube . . .

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by bozatron, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. bozatron

    bozatron Loaded Pockets

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    I had to replace the lamp in a maglite that just sits in the glove box of my car as a back up and noticed the thread was quite dry and stiff. Do any of you guys lube the threads on your flashlights?

    If so what to use? and is it worth doing all of them routinely?

    Stay safe
    B.
     
  2. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

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    A silicone based lube will not only keep your threads from binding but will also keep your O-ring fresh and pliable. If you have a pending order through the EDCF store, you can alway tack on some Weasal Fat Grease. If you are shopping locally, just stay away from petroleum based lubricants which can be harmful to the O-Ring on your flashlight.

    I would say "as needed" rather than "routinely" as local conditions vary. A little goes a long way...

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  3. Xapalambos

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    3M Silicone Paste. Comes in a white can. Will last forever and repels water. o rings, seals, threads, electrical sockets....etc.
     
  4. Boy SureFire

    Boy SureFire May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way

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    I tacked some on to an order awhile back, & I've been pretty happy with it... Though the lube SF puts on their lights is a bit thicker, so this makes it maybe overly easy in comparison.
     
  5. hatchetjack

    hatchetjack EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I use plumbers grease.
     
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    Krytox 50/50 here. The best for Ti lights but I use it on all of mine.
     
  7. 5534

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    If you only want a small amount of silicone grease your local dive shop should stock it
     
  8. bozatron

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    Thanks guys. I will have a hunt around as to what is available locally, but I do have a Barkie coming from Jon soon so could tack on some of the Weasel Fat (if nothing else just because the name is so good!).
     
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    Dr Jekell I had fun once, It was awful.
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    I use NyoGel® 760G, not one problem with it.
     
  11. P35

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    another Weasal Fat Grease. user here. Good on anything with threads and O rings.
     
  12. QtrHorse

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    I used to use the Nyogel and now only use NanoLube.
     
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    I use 760G on threads and 779ZC on o-rings. On twisties I find that 760G gives better twisty action though.
     
  14. ScottAW

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    Something cheap and local is "plumbers silicone" made for faucet o-rings, about $1 can.
     
  15. brwe

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    Any auto parts store worthy of the name carries silicone grease in a tube. I found out the hard way, though--keep all silicone away from radio antennas!
     
  16. JamisonM

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    I also use silicone grease. I put a couple of dabs on the threads and the o-rings.
     
  17. n800

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    . I generally try to wipe the parts of my lights down that need it (o-rings, etc..) with Tuf-Glide. Cuts down on corrosion and keeps them twisting nicely.