Non-petroleum lubricant

The weather was nice until Christmas day and thus we grilled outside at
my brother-in-law's place on Christmas Eve. BIL has a very nice
outdoor grill area that includes a stainless steel sink unit that came
from a marine supply place. It had a built-in soap dispenser device
that it took all my weight leaning on it to get it to work. He
mentioned that he thought the pump dispenser would "break in" over time
but that is was still stiff after a year.
Later somewhat bored, he and I took the top of the dispenser to see
what was going on inside. Piston, spring, o-rings; looked pretty well
made. We decided to try to lube it with something. With all the
o-rings and seals, I didn't want to use anything petroleum-based and
ended up pouring some olive oil down it. It helped some.
That made me think. If I had taken it apart at home, I probably would
have lubed the pieces with silicone grease. I know silicone grease can
react with some things negatively (natural rubber?), but I have had
good luck with it. I don't know that I have a thin "oil"-type (not
very viscous) lubricant in my garage that is non-petroleum. I think
even Mineral (baby) oil is still petroleum-based. I have some cutting
oil that isn't petroleum-based, but I don't think of it as an
all-around lube. What sort of lubricant do you use in a situation like
that (non-petroleum, but is easily poured or sprayed)?
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That's what I would do too.
How about using the soap itself? Soap isn't that bad at greasing, but it gets washed off when the dispenser is standing in the rain. But who is BBQing in the rain? :-)
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Nick Mueller
Often you will find a suitable non-petroleum lubricant in the nightstand drawer in the master bedroom. Works very well to make rubber o-rings slippy, not surprisingly.
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Dave Hinz
There is a kind of silicon grease made for just this purpose - silicone plumbers grease, intended for the innards of faucets and the like. Ace hardware stores carry it.
Joe Gwinn
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Joseph Gwinn
Indeed. Astroglide works very well and is available at Kmart. so they say.........
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Doesn't pour very well, but K-Y jelly or local equivalent is a good non-oil rubber lubricant. Even used it once when fitting a recalcitrant motorbike tyre.
Mark Rand RTFM
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Mark Rand
Heavy alcohol, with plasticizers, is a good treatment for rubber parts. It's sold as brake fluid. The heavy alcohol is similar to glycerine, washes off with water, but it's the plasticizers that matter; it can return a rubber part to like-new condition.
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If I had to spray it, I'd go for a water-based silicone spray. Stuff is available at most any decent hardware store, mine is food-grade. Silicone grease would probably work for plastics and slow speeds, I like the Syntec teflon lube gel for that sort of thing, myself. Actually, the soap should be doing the lubricating here, might be he needs to change brands(or provide some weather protection).
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OK, I've got to ask the dumb question---How much petroleum is there in synthetic motor oil? Would it be suitable as a non-petroleum lubricant?
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Bill Marrs
I may be mistaken, but my understanding is that "synthetic" oils are 100% _derived_from_ petroleum materials (not necessarily oil, per se, but other fractions as well) and natural gas which are then converted thermally and chemically into new compounds. Of course, as with all oils, the additives may not be petroleum-based; those such as metal soaps (detergents) etc.
If that is the case, then I'd still consider synthetics to be "petroleum", and would look only to vegetable and animal fats and/or waxes as the non-petroleum alternatives. (Lard makes a good grease that doesn't go rancid rapidly at room temperature)
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Lloyd E. Sponenburgh
Get some rubber lube from FAI model supply or sig or pirelli. Glycerine and green soap mostly Most hobby shops sell it also.
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daniel peterman
Astroglide or KY for orings, lipstick for sticky collets, I'd not sure what my coworkers would think if they saw that stuff in my toolbox......
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I still have pieces of ladies nylon hose (stockings) in my toolbox, left over from my days as a die maker.
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Did you use 'shear' to check the shear?
Wes S
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I keep nail polish (various markings) and makeup application brushes (soft brushes for cleaning fragile things such as camera lenses, etc.) handy, so I'm not questioning that there was some legitimate use for stockings......
I AM, however, curious as to exactly what it was in the event I can also find it usefull.....
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Works great for slipping new handgrips on too.
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Jim Stewart
Go to a hobby shop. They have that in the train / car/ boat area!
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That its the wrong color for you? ;-)
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