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Cudzoziemiec

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What grease for bolts and nuts?
« on: September 02, 2011, 05:24:37 pm »
I'm sure I remember some arguments for and against using grease with metal additives (copper or molybdenum ?) to put on the threads of crank and pedal bolts and the like in order to stop them seizing. What do people say or know about this?

And while I'm here, why is the left pedal always so much harder to remove than the right one? Yes, I do remember it's a left-hand thread.

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 05:27:11 pm »
Castrol LM.
Generally.
Some stuff prefers Copaslip.
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2011, 05:32:25 pm »
I've always used copper grease on the threads when assembling pedals etc. Never had anything come undone when it shouldn't have, never had anything seize. Castrol LM is more of a water repellant grease for bearings and the like.
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011, 05:43:28 pm »
Any grease will do for a certain time.  It may eventually disperse or dry up.

Anti-seize grease works practically for ever because its relatively large flakes of meal (compared with any additives in normal grease) stay in place, then help the parts slide apart when it comes to disassembly.

Copper anti-seize prevents rather than causes galvanic corrosion between any combination of steel, aluminium and titanium, in my experince.  It's messy to handle though, and permanently stains clothes.  I use ordinary Velox or Finish Line Premium grease for most things that get serviced regularly.

Copaslip is a brand name.
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011, 06:01:26 pm »
I bought a tube of Teflon grease some years ago because it was what they had in the LBS and I didn't know any better. I don't know what its merits are compared to other types of grease but it's been fine for me. I've almost finished the tube, so I might need to give this matter some consideration soon.

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2011, 08:10:29 pm »
I've got a tub of Shimano assembly grease, bought it about 7 or 8 years ago and it will last me another 100 years I reckon.  Works very well and the pot I've got has a applicator brush built into the lid so its easy to use.  It's effective too, I've never had anything I've assembled with it seize.

Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2011, 08:14:06 pm »
Park anti-seize compound here.  It's Al based to avoid that troublesome galvanic corrosion....  ;)

Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2011, 09:21:27 pm »
Been using Vaseline on all my bikes for over 30 years and it works a treat. No problems to date.

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2011, 09:37:25 pm »
Copper grease or Finish Line Ceramic grease

Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2011, 02:38:22 pm »
Any grease will do for a certain time.  It may eventually disperse or dry up.

Anti-seize grease works practically for ever because its relatively large flakes of meal (compared with any additives in normal grease) stay in place, then help the parts slide apart when it comes to disassembly.

Copper anti-seize prevents rather than causes galvanic corrosion between any combination of steel, aluminium and titanium, in my experince.  It's messy to handle though, and permanently stains clothes.  I use ordinary Velox or Finish Line Premium grease for most things that get serviced regularly.

Copaslip is a brand name.

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I used to use just grease and had lots of trouble with things seizing up. Then I bought some Finish Line assembly grease (Coppaslip, Neverseize or whatever, it's all about the same) and have never had any trouble ever since, except for a quill stem in particular, but that's just one which was in a bad way anyway. I don't have anything come loose and I don't go round using gorilla strength to tighten bolts up.
I'd never use "just grease" again. My £5 pot of assembly grease will probably last much longer than I will. And yes, it's very messy, you have to keep it under control!

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2011, 10:06:31 pm »
Thanks for all the answers.
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I bought a tube of Teflon grease some years ago because it was what they had in the LBS and I didn't know any better. I don't know what its merits are compared to other types of grease but it's been fine for me. I've almost finished the tube, so I might need to give this matter some consideration soon.

d.

That's more or less what I did in the end, as I've been internet-less over the weekend anyway so couldn't read all your wonderful advice. I ended up with Silkolene Pro RG2 Synthetic Racing Grease, which they claimed in LBS is what they use in the workshop, though the blurb makes it sound as if it's intended for motor vehicles - it's "heat resistant". And I'm not racing!
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2011, 03:04:54 am »
No one mentioned waterproof grease

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2011, 09:07:49 am »
Most greases are fairly waterproof, even when not marketed as "waterproof".  Same with anti-seize.  There's usually not enough space for water to get into the bolt/nut interface anyway.

Waterproof grease is more important to use in bearings because the movement of the bearings can emulsify grease that isn't waterproof when water gets in.
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2011, 10:12:31 am »
Its sad that I know this (i think) but most greases aren't (moisture) waterproof due to the base material being lithium soap what you want is a calcium soap base to not suffer from the effects of moisture.  Then there are the other stuff in there.

Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2011, 10:16:55 am »
Usain he need no grease - he too slippy already

Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2011, 10:31:04 am »
I found a supremely messy black grease that's intended for protecting and lubricating mechanical parts exposed to the elements. Very soft and extremely clingy, so ideally suited to slow-moving mechanicals. It does a superb job and is very long-lasting, but you do have to spend some time cleaning everything after application and assembly.

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2011, 10:40:10 am »
I got a tub of "marine grease" for super-heavy-duty, but have hardly bothered to use it yet.  Oil was separating from it in storage - not a good sign.  You want the oil to stay in the soap.  That happened with some Weldtite grease as well.

The best grease, I think, (mainly for bearings, but for anything else too) is Campag's.  It's stupidly expensive to buy on its own though.
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2011, 10:42:41 am »
Its sad that I know this (i think) but most greases aren't (moisture) waterproof due to the base material being lithium soap what you want is a calcium soap base to not suffer from the effects of moisture.  Then there are the other stuff in there.

Is lithium grease the most common type though?  I didn't think so, but I could be wrong.
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2011, 10:50:53 am »
Lithium-based greases are cheap and common.
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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2011, 10:56:06 am »
I got a tub of "marine grease" for super-heavy-duty, but have hardly bothered to use it yet.  Oil was separating from it in storage - not a good sign.  You want the oil to stay in the soap.  That happened with some Weldtite grease as well.

The best grease, I think, (mainly for bearings, but for anything else too) is Campag's.  It's stupidly expensive to buy on its own though.

How old was it? Brand Just being nosey?

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2011, 10:57:56 am »
Its sad that I know this (i think) but most greases aren't (moisture) waterproof due to the base material being lithium soap what you want is a calcium soap base to not suffer from the effects of moisture.  Then there are the other stuff in there.

How could I forget silicone ;)

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Re: What grease for bolts and nuts?
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2011, 11:03:04 am »
How old was it? Brand Just being nosey?

Lucas X-tra Heavy Duty.  I noticed the oil separation after I had it for about a year.  Don't know how long it had been on the shelf before I bought it.

I suppose it doesn't matter if some oil separates if still enough oil remains in the rest of the grease - but I wouldn't know that, especially once the grease is on the bike part rather than in the tub.
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