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sailing320 11-20-2011 07:01 PM

Deck hardware lubricant
I use sailkote lubricant from my deck hardware. What else can I use that is less expensive?

poopdeckpappy 11-20-2011 08:16 PM

Me first choice is sailkote but, I also use Johnsens silicon lube on blocks and such

sfchallenger 11-20-2011 11:05 PM

Olive oil works great for shackles, traveler tracks, and blocks. I've been shocked by how long it lasts. I'm sure a cheaper or lighter vegetable oil would work all right too, but I don't use those much for cooking so I don't have them around. Triflow, lithium grease, etc work fine too, I'm sure.

fordo 11-21-2011 03:20 AM

I would hesitate to use any vegetable oil for long term lubrication. Many vegetable oils have volatile components that will evaporate, leaving a sticky mess. I would use silicon, it lasts and doesn't attract dirt.

tdw 11-21-2011 05:31 PM

Can't say I like the vegetable oil idea either. Would need constant cleaning or the stuff is simply going to end up as fordo suggests a rancid horrid mess. Seems to me that the given the small amount of lubricant required (most people apply way too much) the cost of using SailKote is not really a major consideration.

sfchallenger 11-21-2011 06:30 PM

I don't have any issues with clean up using olive oil, I apply a tiny amount and wipe up what I don't use. It does seem to last a hell of a long time, maybe because I'm using extra virgin? ;-)

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