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Offline endo alley

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lubricating tuners
« on: Jul 04, 2007, 04:16:58 PM »
I am wondering if it is advisable to lubricate the open back tuners on a mandolin. I would like them to operate as smoothly as possible. Concerns would be - not blemishing the finish, not collecting dirt, or otherwise harming the instrument or the tuners. Graphite or soft pencil lead can be used on the nut. Can graphite be used on tuners?

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Re: lubricating tuners
« Reply #1 on: Jul 04, 2007, 06:30:12 PM »
... Can graphite be used on tuners?

I'd avoid it. Graphite is likely to cause galvanic corrosion in most metals. Teflon powder would be OK, or Teflon grease. Sewing machine oil should also be OK. In any case, use lubricants very sparingly, especially ones that contain anything oily. Also, avoid anything containing silicone.

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Re: lubricating tuners
« Reply #2 on: Jul 05, 2007, 12:06:52 AM »
I have some tuners that feel sticky or twitchy. Perhaps I should make sure the nut grooves are well lubed with pencil lead before proceeding. It may be that the strings are not sliding there as well as possible. Nut appears to be corian.

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Re: lubricating tuners
« Reply #3 on: Jul 05, 2007, 04:22:43 AM »
I like candle wax for places like that, or what us Americans call paraffin, the stuff you can get in rectangular bricks for sealing jelly jars. Better still if you can warm the metal so the wax spreads out and "sinks in" to the texture of the piece, but not sure how practical that is with a gear that's mounted on or near a varnished surface.

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