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White CRAP on new chain?????(8 posts)

White CRAP on new chain?????mazobob
Jan 26, 2002 1:14 PM
Just cleaned a new chain(SRAM) with some pedros bio and the chain still has a white film on the inside between links. I think I should just leave it in the cleaner longer. I read a post here about the importance of cleaning the new chain to get that slimmy film off as well as manufacturing debris. It wiped off the outer areas but not the inner.

Also, Which chain lube do you like for road that can stand up to riding in all elements? Thanks People. You guys are super!!!!
re: White CRAP on new chain?????Lone Gunman
Jan 26, 2002 2:37 PM
I'm not so sure that stuff is crap, some chains come from the factory pre-lubed (white crap). I think it gets down to a personal preference on lubes, I will run a fresh chain unlubed for the first 2-300 miles before a cleaning and lubing. I use a CRC product called Power Lube, has parafinic oil in it which I think is a refined oil bi- product, a little sticky, no fling off, and dries after spraying on the chain in a few hours. Also use finish line Krytec drip lube.
ClarificationLone Gunman
Jan 26, 2002 2:41 PM
A new chain for me is Shimano model, and is pre lubed, when I wrote unlubed I meant that I did not add any lube to the new chain for 2-300 miles.
Where do you get it at? or through?mazobob
Jan 26, 2002 6:19 PM
Where do you get it at? or through?Lone Gunman
Jan 27, 2002 7:39 AM
I found Power Lube by accident at a mom and pop hardware store ayt in the countryside where I ride. Possibly available from Grainger or industrial supply house. I know it was cheap, like $2.29 an 8oz can. You will get a wide set of opines on this board on lube from home brew to the latest greatest most expensive. Krytech is available from bike shops, $6-$7 for a small bottle.
try thissuperduper
Jan 26, 2002 2:38 PM
clean it out good, rinse out the solvent, let dry (don't worry about the rust that will form), install, lube
re: White CRAP on new chain?????biker
Jan 26, 2002 5:07 PM
I think the white stuff is cosmoline. It is a protective coating the manufacturer puts on to prevent rust. They use the same stuff on autos that are shipped from overseas.
It seems to be somewhat temperature sensitive. I wonder if heating the solvent may help to release it.
re: White CRAP on new chain?????Woof the dog
Jan 26, 2002 7:55 PM
drop the chain in the closable container with biodegreaser or paint thinner (mineral spirits), shake well, let the dirt settle, remove the chain carefully, maybe rinse it again in cleaner solution. To make lube last longer, apply a number of coats on: let each dry, wipe the chain, add more, repeat. For longer lasting effect use a larger portion of motor oil in mineral spirits (homemade prolink). Usually I'd expect more mess from more lube, there are many lubes outthere, and many of them do work, I just find prolink the best and easiest to work with, although you do need to apply it more often i think. The tradeoff is more than worth it in my opinion.


Woof, the dog on (pro)link