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Silicone...not just for breasts.(6 posts)

Silicone...not just for breasts.Ahimsa
Mar 6, 2002 9:36 AM
So I've got this large canister of spray silicone from a NAPA auto parts store. "Mac's Silicone Spray"

Says it lubes, waterproofs, non staining, non petroleum based, stops squeaks and sticking, etc.

Question: Anyone try this or other brands as a chain lube? It is slippery stuff. It seems a bit light though. Barely there. Maybe too dry? No harm in scrubbing the drivetrain tonite and trying her out, but I thought I'd see if it's worth a shot.

I'm sure it would attract little dirt as it is not gummy or greasy at all.

Might not be nearly enough for wet rides.



Sounds ok; do not substitute for chamois butter nmmorrison
Mar 6, 2002 10:17 AM
Tried "food grade" silicone once...pretty light stuffcory
Mar 6, 2002 11:16 AM
A hardware store had a can of "food grade" silicone spray on a clearance table last year, supposedly made to lube food processing equipment and protect wooden chopping blocks. I bought it for 99 cents or something, but I've barely used it. It does stop squeaks, sort of like WD-40, but it's SO thin and light I'm afraid to use it for anything serious. Let us know how it works out...
Pedro icewax?cyclopathic
Mar 6, 2002 4:49 PM
is silicon based. I've quit using it doesn't last long need to reapply every ride. Wet lube on other hand lasts a few centuries.
Silicone - not for oilKerry Irons
Mar 6, 2002 4:55 PM
If silicones were excellent metal lubes in high stress applications (like bike chains), they would be sold as such. They do not have the surface adhesion properties of high parafin oil, and so are not good in this application.
That's what I needed. Thanks to all. Cheers! [nm]Ahimsa
Mar 6, 2002 5:08 PM