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    I got to wondering what lube is used for CD transport rails and laser sleds, so I spent some time researching and came up with a lot of different suggestions. Some like WD-40 and Vaseline are obviously really bad suggetions as would be anything that contains silicone. I saw mention of a product from Dow called Molykote and after further research found that their Molykote EM-30L seemed to be a good fit.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    I'm interested in your opinions/suggestions and any first hand knowledge.
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    Synthetic grease would be a very good choice. Light oil, WD40 would gunk up and attract dirt causing sticking.

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    The Super Lube is interesting...seems to be good for just about everything. I noted that it too contains Teflon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertyc View Post
    I had something in my head but i couldn't bring it out till I read the description from the auction above. Caliper Grease, that's what i was thinking. I use this little tube of red Caliper Grease when changing the pads on my brakes. I bet that stuff could work too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablycurt View Post
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    Points grease might work too. As in cars/motorcycles that used to run on points for spark. Gee..., guess I am that old...

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    That distributor cam/points grease is getting hard to find !

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    White lithium grease?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb View Post
    That distributor cam/points grease is getting hard to find !
    I've got a bunch! A couple of tubes anyway, I think..., somewhere..., might take me a while to find them though...

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    Hello F1nut,
    I certainly don't want to throw another product at you, but I have found Rislone to be a very good lubricant. This was recommended to me, several years ago, by some pro tape recorder mechanics. You can find it at any car parts shop, a quart will last forever.
    For a thicker lubricant I've used Garcia fishing reel lubricate for many years with great results. A lot of old-timers who did service work in the 60's would use Singer sewing machine oil.
    I hope this gives a few additional choices.
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    F1, I have some "Penn Reel Lube" tubes that are brand new. They're older, but have been in my garage the whole time. It is a light oil type. I tried finding out what the ingredients are, but couldn't find it? I'll send you two of them at no charge if you want to try them? Got a bunch of them a long time ago from a fishing store I used to manage for free and always figured I'd find a use for them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablycurt View Post
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    Did a search and came up with this, Jesse. I've never used it, so can't comment on it's effectiveness. I believe Deoxit has lubrication properties and this seems similar.

    http://www.amazon.com/Max-Profession.../dp/B0018BQCOI
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    Lots of suggestions, thanks everyone.

    One thing to keep in mind is it has to be plastic safe and products like caliper grease, points grease, the reel lubes and white lithium grease are all petroleum based and therefore, not safe for plastics. The dry graphite lube and the electronics lube, although safe for plastics, aren't really suited for the job. I've inspected my transports and it is definitely a grease type of product rather than an oil or spray type of lube.

    I was hoping someone here whould know exactly what product was used by the manufacturers, but it seems like we're all in the same boat as the rest of the folks out there....that is clueless.

    I'm going to get some of the Molykote and see if it looks like the same stuff on my transports.
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    You want to use the plastic/nylon safe stuff that model railroaders use, or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    ... Some like WD-40 and Vaseline are obviously really bad suggetions as would be anything that contains silicone.
    What is the problem with silicone?


    "Silicone lubricant spray can be used on plastic gears, is common in electronics applications such as remote-controlled vehicles and CD/DVD slide tray mechanisms. Silicone lubricant is safe to use in these applications, as it also can be applied to electronic components to prevent corrosion."

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7202885_use-...lubricant.html




    "However, silicone lubricants do have sufficient load-carrying capacity for all metal-to-plastic and plastic-to-plastic lubrication applications."

    http://www.dowcorning.com/content/di...ts.aspx?bhcp=1

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    Maybe this will fit the bill, Jesse.

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/113...Grease-3oz.htm

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    What is the problem with silicone?
    I read some comments that stated not to use silicone based products for this purpose. I do know that silicone creeps like crazy and is not something one wants to get on the laser lens. Another issue with silicone is that once it gets on something, it's pretty much there for life, which isn't always a good thing.

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestion.



    The Tri-Flow looks like it might be a possibility. Seems to be along the same line of the Molykote and Super Lube grease. Thanks, I'll keep that one in mind.




    I already ordered the Molykote, so I'll let ya'll know what I think.
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    I used the tri-flow alot back when I was a smithy, it was useful.

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    Maybe ask the manufacturer what they recommend?
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    I looked in "Compact Disc Player, Maintenance and Repair" by Gordon McComb and John Cook and found, "A non-petroleum based grease is the best lubricant for sliding and meshing parts, the bulk of which are found in the pickup assembly and disc loading mechanism. As with oiling, apply only a small dab of grease. Spread the grease by moving or sliding the part back and forth a few times."
    "With slide pickups, the optical assembly slides along the two metal rails, which should be kept lubricated to assure smooth travel."
    I hope this helps.
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    Thanks Ken. It appears that I am on the right track.

    Chuck, yeah that would have been too simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I got to wondering what lube is used for CD transport rails and laser sleds, so I spent some time researching and came up with a lot of different suggestions. Some like WD-40 and Vaseline are obviously really bad suggetions as would be anything that contains silicone. I saw mention of a product from Dow called Molykote and after further research found that their Molykote EM-30L seemed to be a good fit.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    I'm interested in your opinions/suggestions and any first hand knowledge.
    MolyKote would work brilliantly. Think of it a billions of metallic, molecular sized ball bearings, I'm not sure there is anything slipperier on earth (all snide comments above included).

    My dad worked in the aerospace field and specifically in metallurgy. We used MolyKote on my pinewood derby axles in the 60's to bring home a few 1st place trophies with cars that weren't otherwise that special.

    Caveat, you need to you use 10 time less than you think you need and localize it. Think of grinding the tip of a lead pencil into dust and mixing it with ink, and then trying to get of out of a white shirt.

    I don't know the Dow designation, but it was like a slippery graphite powder (maybe what they now refer to a as dry film lubricant) in a tube that looked like Super Glue and not the EM-30L designation you saw. If you squeezed the tube into the air it would release a puff of the stuff in a dustcloud, but when you rubbed it between a finger and thumb, it felt like a liquid and not a powder.
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    Thanks Greg, good info.
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