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    Default mainspring grease

    Hi guys,

    I have access to many different types of grease in work. And I was wondering what type would be suitable for lubricating a mainspring?
    (If any)?

    At the moment I am using the proper clock grease, but is there an equivalent I can use? If so, which type of grease would be best?

    Cheers

    Mike

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    Default Re: mainspring grease (RE: mikeald)

    Hi Mike,
    I would continue using the correct clock grease, as they are designed for that application. I wouldn't substitute the correct grease for others that I had at work.
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    Default Re: mainspring grease (RE: Samantha)

    Mike, this recent thread might be a good read for you regarding mainspring lubrication:
    http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?t=62431
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    Default Re: mainspring grease (RE: harold bain)

    Thanks for the replies

    Well in the UK, I do not think I can get hold of slick 50, therefore Samantha I will indeed be sticking with clock grease

    Thank you

    Mike

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    Default Re: mainspring grease (RE: mikeald)

    Actually, very few lubricants are actually developed for clocks! Most of your mainspring greases are from other industries. Transmission fluids, brake fluids, bearing greases, etc. One was not even developed as a grease! It's original intent was vacuum formed plastic products!
    This is why arguments about clock lubricants are so amusing!
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    Default Re: mainspring grease (RE: Lynne Gillette)

    Well I have access to at least 30 different types of grease, all with different chemical properties.

    I might experiment......

    Thanks

    Mike

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    Default Re: mainspring grease (RE: mikeald)

    I think the main concern with mainspring grease/lubricant is that it needs to retain its characteristics over a long period of time, without degrading or becoming sticky. Short term success isn't as important as long term success.
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    Default Re: mainspring grease (RE: harold bain)

    Hi MIke,

    You can get slick 50 from Halfords or most motor accesory shops.
    I use the synthetic slick 50 mixed with high pressure oil to lubricate
    mainsprings.
    Where abouts are you in Wales. I live in a little place called Llandovery.

    Best wishes

    Edward

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