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Old 06-20-2019, 11:24 PM   #1
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Cleaner and lube

I searched and could not find anything so I'll ask. What cleaner do you recommend for cleaning the gears and motors of engines?

Also what do you recommend for lubing?
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:47 PM   #2
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:15 AM   #3
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White grease (lithium) for gearing, and I have used Dextron III Mercon auto transmission fluid on my bearings, pins, and rods for about 15 years now. The latter is paints and plastics safe, and is a superior lubricant for hobbies with mechanical linkages that are small.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:44 PM   #4
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I use both HobELube (a Woodland Scenics line) and LaBelle for lubricants. I don't know that there is really much difference between brands. I usually buy sales, specials, or lowest price.

For cleaning locos innards: isopropyl alcohol,, 91% strength if I can find it, 70% if not. For exteriors: a soft makeup brush. For track: denatured alcohol.
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:38 PM   #5
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Some hobbyists I know use Red and Tacky for O gauge gears and swear by it.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:48 AM   #6
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The only bad oil/grease is none at all or a bearing grease that hardens over time. It is hard to tell if some modern greases do harden. I have a can of blue grease that may match the red and tacky.


WD 40 has had some interesting discussions. It is a penetrating oil good for cleaning but not for long term lubrication.

One option is car oil 5/20 . Some members have sworn by it. I use it to clean metal frames. I prefer heavier oil for motors axles and gears. I have used CV grease on metal and brass gears.


Alcohol is a good cleaner but you need something else to prevent rust. If the surface is protected with a metal or chemical coating then it will work,


That leaves us to gun blue. When you have rust you can restore it with this stuff.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:34 AM   #7
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what ever happened to using 3-in one oil . used to be great for sewing machines dont see why it would not be good for locos.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:01 AM   #8
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what ever happened to using 3-in one oil . used to be great for sewing machines dont see why it would not be good for locos.
It could wreak havoc with the poultry industry. Watch the video to see what I mean:


And read the replies to the pinned comment. Guess what Bachmann uses?
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Old 08-26-2019, 12:14 PM   #9
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It could wreak havoc with the poultry industry. Watch the video to see what I mean:





And read the replies to the pinned comment. Guess what Bachmann uses?
Can't see pinned comment but doesn't Bachmann use their own products they make and sell?
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:45 PM   #10
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hahahahaha three headed chickens hahahahahahahaha very funny
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