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Caribsurf

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Great lubricant for foil hardware
« on: February 07, 2020, 10:02:55 PM »
I found a convenient lubricant that I use on my foil hardware.  ďBoat zipper and snap lubeĒ Itís by a company called Better Boat Iíve used it for a while on zippers at my home in the Grenadines ( board bag zippers, seat cushion zippers and snaps) itís much like a glue stick and easy to apply as a lubricant and anti corrosive on your foil screws and nuts.  I use this and Teflon tape.
Itís available on Amazon
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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 11:37:20 AM »
If you're screwing stainless into aluminum or stainless you want something better than that. I prefer tef-gel or MRO Solutions 1000. Anti-galling lubricants need to keep the oxide layer from being rubbed off as the bolt is tightened--that requires an extremely high-pressure lube. Wax and most silicon lubricants flow away from heat and pressure. Stainless, aluminum, or titanium hardware will weld together if the oxide layer gets stripped. Whenever I see someone using a drill motor to screw their foil together I cringe, but there's no point in explaining that spinning a stainless bolt too fast is like spinning a roulette wheel. Sometimes it comes up 00.
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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 07:11:15 PM »
I applied my first tefgel this week. So messy, but yes, it feels like it will work and itís sort of all the boat guys seem to use on bolts.

Do I just have to live with PTFE in my sunscreen to be a foiler? Asking for a friend.

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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2020, 09:09:27 PM »
I've been testing this Eco Grease for months, so far so good, even tried it on an aluminum tapered fuse into a carbon wing and it came loose after a month or so. 

https://www.green-oil.net/Ecogrease.html 
A bike shop did a long term review of several greases.



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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2020, 09:12:44 PM »
Ok, so Clay, youíve hit on a great topic. Whatís the lifespan of one of these connections?

I left my stuff assembled today and figured Iíd tear it down after tomorrowís session. Is every couple of weeks ok or do I need to break it down more often?

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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2020, 07:26:25 AM »
Ok, so Clay, youíve hit on a great topic. Whatís the lifespan of one of these connections?

I left my stuff assembled today and figured Iíd tear it down after tomorrowís session. Is every couple of weeks ok or do I need to break it down more often?

Depends.

I've gone months with stainless bolts into aluminum fuse and mast and they have loosened easily as long as I grease them - all the contact areas.

Putting aluminum into carbon or vise versa, especially a tight fit, that stuff is much more likely to freeze up.  With adequate grease a couple weeks give or take, after that might be asking for trouble.  Try a couple days, then go a little longer...

Armstrong are made not to corrode, claim they can be bolted and left at the bottom of ocean for decades and not freeze.
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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2020, 08:07:30 AM »
I have left foils assembled one year and took them apart to sell without any issues. Mine are coated heavily with Tef-Gel.

You learn how to deal with that sticky goo. I only break down my foil daily at the mast to fuse connection. The rest stays assembled forever. Two screws with TefGel are all I have deal with. I keep my fingers clean and sticky free.

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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2020, 09:17:48 AM »
Dwight do you occasionally try to loosen a bit just to check that they aren't stuck?

I will probably continue using the teflon tape and zipper lube for now and disassemble and rinse everything after 3-4 sessions. Then reapply repeat

I have some tefgel but man is that stuff a mess and gets everywhere..I think id rather rinse and take the foil apart more often than deal with that stuff.

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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2020, 09:56:53 AM »
Thanks Clay, thanks Dwight, as usual, gold from you both.

Iíve got mostly stainless to aluminum (for now) Iím going with the DW method. Well coated and keeping main parts assembled  (fuse and wings, mast and plate. Less screws.) Iíll try them monthly or so. Iím laughing as I write this as Iím pretty sure this whole assembled thing is gonna go in the back of my ride in 2 weeks or less. (Is it justifiable to buy a new van to hold foils? Asking for a friend.)

Caribe, did you get the mascara brush? If not, hit a beauty supply. Once I got the heads wiped off, just from touching them, it is much better. I suspect itís like anything, you get better at it. But I hate surf wax and this reminds me of that.

Ok, my next business. Coconut scented tefgel, whoís in with me?

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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2020, 10:08:07 AM »
Cowboy thermal tube of  tefgel I ordered did come with a brush but haven't use that one yet.  The dealer where I bought my Neil Pryde foil gave me a half used tub of some of the stuff and that was a mess to use, but I have to say that stuff is GOOD.  . 
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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2020, 01:09:52 PM »
tefgel also Non toxic.

Other key features that make Tef-Gelô unique are

    Non Toxic and Non Harmful to Marine and Land Based ecosystems, and us
    Non-reactive and chemically stable
    Has an Indefinite shelf life and working life
    Working temperatures of -60į to 280įC without changing viscosity


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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2020, 06:45:00 PM »
Thx JEG, Caribe, I just brushed the lightest amount on my threads. Painted them enough to get coverage, but if youíre dipping or using too much that might make you hate it. Hard to put on but seems to stay.

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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2020, 09:05:49 PM »
One of the reasons I use TefGel is that one application lasts a very long time. Maybe years. Most of my experience with it comes from motorsports, and I considered it a one-time thing. Of course, we weren't immersing stainless and titanium suspension parts in salt water, but they got the shit pounded out of them, much more so than foil bolts. You don't have to have a visible coating for the anti-seize to work. It's protecting an oxide layer that might be 20 molecules thick. And a little damage isn't a huge thing, it's when the oxide gets wiped off over a large area--like one entire turn of a thread face, that your parts weld together and you can't get them apart without breaking shit.

a lot of galling happens because bolts get turned too fast. I watched a friend use a drillmotor on high speed/low torque to tighten expensive little 4MM stainless torx bolts and stainless locknuts, holding a windscreen on--no anti-seize. . I told him he was making a mistake. He waved me off and finished--25 bolts. I said "try to loosen one". Nineteen of the 25 were welded.

I can be staggeringly stupid and lazy myself. I used stainless bolts and nylocks to mount the solar panels on Fritz. No TefGel and used a drillmotor. What a maroon! about half the bolts were welded when I tried to take the panels off to weld the rack, I had to torque past the breaking point to get them apart. Dumbass.
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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2020, 10:35:14 AM »
I should explain that last paragraph. I learned a long time ago that knowing something is a shitty idea does not necessarily reduce the probability that I'll do it.
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Re: Great lubricant for foil hardware
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2020, 05:21:55 PM »
tefgel also Non toxic.

Other key features that make Tef-Gelô unique are

    Non Toxic and Non Harmful to Marine and Land Based ecosystems, and us
    Non-reactive and chemically stable
    Has an Indefinite shelf life and working life
    Working temperatures of -60į to 280įC without changing viscosity

Um, tefgel is 40% PTFE, supposed to wear gloves and make sure not get any in your mouth.  Definitely toxic and harmful.
https://www.tefgel.com/contain.php?param=tefgel_infor
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