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Light weight lubricant?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Batesmotel, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Batesmotel

    Batesmotel

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    I need suggestions for a very thin, light weight lube. Preferably one that is soluble in alcohol.

    I have some tiny machined assemblies to photograph and they need to be lubricated to move correctly. I would like to return them dry so removing the lube without harsh solvents is a bonus. I will be making small movements by hand. Heat is not an issue.

    One suggestion was diluted Propylene Glycol.

    I have another solution but it will be time consuming to get the images.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

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    what exactly will these devices need to do? propylene glycol would work, as would vegetable oil, or 3 in one oil.

    depends what you need it to do?
     

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    I changed my mind.

    Remoil used for guns is good and very light. Aerosol Brake Cleaner should remove it.
     
  4. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    Sewing machine oil and any green brake cleaner.
     
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    Cybercowboy Support the 2nd

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    Yeah, aerosol brake cleaner, a nice mild solvent. :shocked:
     
  6. Batesmotel

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    Don't know. They don't tell me. I photograph things for a patent attorney. Not supposed to know what or who.

    They look like tiny, flat transmissions. I just need the gears to move as I turn the input gear without moving the body. When the body moves I need to reset the part in the camera frame.

    I thought about Rem Oil. I have some and it is thin. Anything thinner would be great because it will show up less.

    All parts look to be metal alloy. No plastics.
     
  7. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    If your going to do this occasionally, a can of aircraft turbine engine oil would work. Very thin, easy to clean up, use an eye dropper to apply.
     
  8. Batesmotel

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    Thanks. I may be able to get some.
     
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    A guy is bringing me a few drops of Squid Oil. He said it is used in high pressure compressors and is water thin and cleans up with alcohol. Said the Navy used an older, thick version of it to seal the bearings on sub periscopes.

    I will tell you how it goes.
     
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    Any time, I can get you the mil code for what I use if you need.
     
  13. exmdshooter

    exmdshooter WWJMBD?

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    Somewhere around here I've got a very old, very politically incorrect can of dolphin oil my dad bought decades ago to lubricate a WWII vintage Navy chronograph he was restoring. Worked like a charm. Take that PETA :tongueout:
     
  14. Batesmotel

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    IIRC The best low temperature oil known is from the beluga whale. Animals are amazing.
     
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    I might know where to get ahold of an empty can. Just need a few drops.
     
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    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

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    I would use silicone spray myself, when I have to put it in a specific spot I spray some in a container and apply with a small brush
     
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    Now I feel like an idiot. :faint:

    That is so simple and a have a can. Super thin and won't show in the photo.

    Thanks.
     
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    Understood... Although I use it, and it ain't that thick...

    The Triflow wouldn't be, though. I've applied that stuff with a syringe, Q-Tip, or small brush.

    --Ray
     
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    G96....dries and lubes.
     
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    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

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    Some times it's just simple and low tech:wavey: