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Old 02-14-2018, 05:08 AM   #21
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I, too, am a fan of dry lubricants because they leave a film and do not attract dirt. But I have also had good luck with pure silicon spray which contain no hydrocarbons such as used on SCUBA gear in locks.

Disclaimer: For the those who would presume to know the intent of my statements, I am not being “judgemental.” I am merely stating MY OPINION based upon MY experiences, which is what I typically do when posting responses to others. I do not assume that which is applicable to me applies to everyone else.
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:49 AM   #22
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Regarding lube for locks, this video is informative:

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Old 02-14-2018, 09:49 AM   #23
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thats a light mineral oil.
Being a light mineral oil, Mike, means you can now use your lock in food preparation, and the residue will not be harmful like a petroleum base.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:42 AM   #24
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I, too, am a fan of dry lubricants because they leave a film and do not attract dirt. But I have also had good luck with pure silicon spray which contain no hydrocarbons such as used on SCUBA gear in locks.

Disclaimer: For the those who would presume to know the intent of my statements, I am not being “judgemental.” I am merely stating MY OPINION based upon MY experiences, which is what I typically do when posting responses to others. I do not assume that which is applicable to me applies to everyone else.
That is very nicely said Carl and exactly how I feel too but sometimes doesn't seam to come out that way . Pat
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:46 AM   #25
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... He sprayed the mechanism with Ballistol...
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thats a light mineral oil.
According to the Material Safety Data Sheet published by Ballistol, it
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contains medicinal grade mineral oil, alkaline salts of oleic acid, several alcohols, Benzyl Acetate and an oil from vegetal seeds. The mineral oil is unchlorinated and conforms to the specifications of US Pharmacopeia XX.
The oil is "medicinal grade white mineral oil, (CAS # 8042-47-5)", and the alcohols include isobutyl alcohol.

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Being a light mineral oil, Mike, means you can now use your lock in food preparation, and the residue will not be harmful like a petroleum base.
By definition, mineral oil is from a mineral source (that is, not plants or animals), particularly a distillate of petroleum. So it is petroleum-based... but with nothing particularly nasty in it so it probably can be used with food-handling equipment. I'm not concerned about it, but I wouldn't suggest inhaling the mist of any lubricant spray.

EPA: White mineral oil (petroleum) - CAS # 8042-47-5

Everyone has their favourite products, but in reality there's not much very unique about any of them. All of these penetrant/lubricant/protectant things are mixtures of oil, solvent, and alcohol. The guy who made WD-40 tried mixtures for a water-displacing spray until he found one he liked; it was his 40th combination, and thus the name. Which one is best? Would it work just as well to use straight mineral oil from the drugstore?
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For anywhere that is subject to possibly picking up a lot of dirt, I use dry lube like this WD-40 one, but there are lots of brands that are nearly the same.

For the hitch ball I use lithium spray - again this is a WD brand one, but I just buy what is on sale.

For the door locks I use brand name Tri-Flow

For the waste valve rods I use a silicone lube so if it comes in contact with the rubber seals it does not damage them. Again, there are many good brands available.

(But Fred, i've got garage shelves to store all those and others on.... yours might be a good general purpose one for you full timers )

I think I'm going with the silicone lube that you suggested for all my needs. I'd hate to spray the waste valve rods with something that would damage the seals. Sounds like the silicone lube would work for the hitch ball all the way to the bike rack receiver and everything in between.
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The West Delaware school district is about an hour north and east of us. They have a popular High School Show Choir with 20 boys and 20 girls in the group. They are enthusiastic and dynamic singers and dancers. It’s only natural that their group name is
You guessed it : WDForte. And they swear by WD40 on the three point hitches on their John Deere and Case tractors I suppose. A little Valenheartines day levity for you from
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