- Emperor of a Minor Galaxy
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I tend toward silicon grease, far more reliable than petroleum jelly. My favorite for a lot of long term uses is silicon stopcock/high vacuum grease, which does not tend to travel and is immune to just about everything. Also virtually never ages. Apply and spread lightly and then wipe down leaving a almost invisible film.David Kilpatrick wrote:I would use petroleum jelly - vaseline. Very small quantity.
I do agree with someone else who suggested asking the manufacturer before trying anything. Some modern stuff is pretty delicate.
I did contact Induro and for $6 the sent me all new rings for 2 sets of legs (six in total). I wiped each leg down with a degreaser and then wiped them with WD-40 and let them air dry. They said WD-40 would remove any chemicals I put on for degreasing and then really wiped everything down after dried with water. They really shined an I felt no oil at all. I really cleaned them several times just to make sure it was all gone. I applied the new rings and they sent me a small tube of "you are correct Walt" silicone based lube. I put a small smear of it on each set of three rings and it works perfect again. I am guessing the rings even though I cleaned them still had sap and doggie-doo stuck to them and even though I cleaned each leg I bet their was still scum on them before I cleaned them. I kept the old rings and degreased them. I put them in a small bag with the lube and will try putting them in in the future if I ever have a problem again.
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