Why dryer sheets?
According to Wikipedia
, dryer sheets likely do contain a lubricant:
Fabric softeners work by coating the surface of the cloth fibers with a thin layer of chemicals; these chemicals have lubricant properties and are electrically conductive, thus making the fibers feel smoother and preventing buildup of static electricity.
I don't know what the lubricant might be, since the Bounce MSDS
lists only the stearic acid
, which is likely included as the cationic softener but may be the only lubricant as well. Whatever the lube might be, it's unlikely to be optimal for a bearing surface. I suppose the fibers (polyester according to HowStuffWorks
) helps hold the lube in place, but my guess is that (as Parker suggested) any relative solid wax will work as well and will stay in place.
Personally, I would not want a sheet getting ground up in my coupler and leaving its fibers behind. Even if this works okay in a conventional setup, the high force on the ball when used with an Andersen No-Sway seems likely to destroy the sheet at least in the area where it is needed.
I don't know if Pennzoil makes Door-Ease anymore, but AGS does (as Door-EaseŽ Stick Lubricant
) and there is also a range of stick lubricants used with metal-cutting tools in machine shops.
Anyone will to clean their ball and coupler, run an unlubricated test, clean them again, run a dryer sheet test, clean them again, and run a test with a stick lubricant?