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Old 03-24-2011, 09:27 PM
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Default Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

Hi all,
I'm right in the middle of my new Tamiya KT build, and as I am adding sealed and shielded bearing to the road wheels ( 2ea. per road wheel) as well as a new "dust cover" made from a mini-washer, I want to pack the wheels with grease before I seal them up.

So I was just curious if any one has a recomendation on a hight quality "plastic friendly" grease I can use. I've read numerous posts where someoe has used grease that has either attacked the plastic or made it brittle an suseptible to cracking - what about white lithium grease?

I bought the is kit as a new/used meaning it was new never built but was previously owned and was missing the stock Tamiya grease. Besides I'd like to find a little bigger tube than the one generally supplied in Tamiya kits.

Any thoughts,, suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks a million!

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:33 PM
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Default RE: Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

Squid, pop on down to your friendly purveyor of model trains, and look at the Label brand of grease and oil. They will specifically say if plastic compatible and what kinds of plastic. If in doubt, take a piece of sprue and test the grease or oil on it.
Old 03-24-2011, 09:51 PM
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Default RE: Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

Yes, I discovered the local model train hobby shop carries hobby grade grease that is plastic safe and works. Also the Tamiya Ceramic Grease is now hard to find, even at Tamiya USA.

I booked marked this thread a while back: http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_40...tm.htm#4017871

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Old 03-24-2011, 11:29 PM
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Default RE: Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

Just look for the Tamiya grease ... one tube will last a couple of builds. If unsuccessful, let me know and I'll send one off to you.

Alot faster than testing sprues.


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Old 03-25-2011, 10:48 AM
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Default RE: Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

White Lithium grease. Can buy a large tube at any ACE Hardware or the like.

Safe enough to eat kidding of course! But yes is safe for all model plastics.
Old 03-25-2011, 10:54 AM
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Default RE: Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

I have used Label oil and grease for years on N scale model railroad equipment, No issues. It says safe for plastic right on the label
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Default RE: Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

Dupont Super Lube works great too.
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Hi Streetsquid,
In answer to your question. There's no need to add lubricant of any nature to a "sealed bearing". It is by definition lubricated and sealed and will perform perfectly well in any application unless it's overheated. Sealed bearings will not overheat in a model Tank.
So my answer is. You're completely OK leaving them as they are. Just enjoy the engineering perfection of having "ball race" or "needle race" bearings in your Tank.

All the best,

Nick.
Old 03-26-2011, 10:31 PM
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Default RE: Recommendations for Plastic Friendly Grease

Hi all,
Thanks to all of you for the replys and input. I had thought about a local train shop as I also need to get some "blacken it" for my metal tracks. Only problem is I live in a "big city" ( you know like several million people and HUGE expanse - Phoenix to be exact) and believe it or not there are only 2 train shops here and both are 20-25 miles away with crappy hours as they are small shops.

I think I will try to find the Dupont Super Lube or White Lithium at the local harware store home center, or auto parts store.

Thanks again guys!

Squid

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