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Old 06-08-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
Sihan Goi
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Maintaining barbells

Hi,

What would be a recommended lube for the ball bearings of barbells in a facility that's pretty dusty? Would silicon grease work, or even just WD-40, or would that just trap dust?
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Re: Maintaining barbells

3-in-1 oil

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Do not use WD-40 for lubricating your barbell. It will be a waste of time as WD-40 will evaporate. Even though it is slippery, WD-40 is not a general purpose lubricant any more than spit would be. WD-40 excels at displacing water and helping to get frozen parts unstuck but it is hardly ever the best choice for long-term lubrication. 3-in-1 Oil would be a better choice.

Also, Mike Chapman reports bad results with graphite lubricants. The graphite tends to gum up over time and eventually the barbell may freeze.
http://www.board.crossfit.com/showth...t=13108&page=2 wfs
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:31 PM   #3
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Re: Maintaining barbells

What's 3-in-1 oil? I have some silicon grease for my computer fan bearings...would those work? Also have Singer oil

Wondering if the dusty environment would make a difference. I'm thinking a wet lube would attract dust and cause things to clump up over (a short) time
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:48 AM   #4
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Re: Maintaining barbells

Try a dry lubricant like 3-in-One's. Here's a link to find out more about it: http://www.3inone.com/products/dry-lubricant/ (WFS). Do a search for dry lubricant on Google or Yahoo and you should be able to find one that is available in your area. The thing about dry lubricants is that most of them go on wet and then dry quickly. They normally require that the object be clean before applying the lubricant. Otherwise, the lubricant will trap the dirt/dust on the object. Also, you should check with the manufacturer or read the label on the container to see if it can be used on items that already have oil on them. Products like graphite are not compatible with oil or grease; graphite will clump up like dirt if oil or grease is present.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:14 PM   #5
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Re: Maintaining barbells

You do NOT want to use WD 40 on most things. It tends to attract and cling to dirt.

I like T-9 by Boeshield for most things that require a lubricant like 3-1 oil.
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