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Can Vegetable oil be used as a lubricant?
Plastic safe?
Thank you in advance!
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Your best bet is to use lubricants designed for model trains. Labelle is a good brand. There are several others. I have no idea about vegetable oil.
 

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Vegetable oil breaks down over time and becomes goop. I suggest you use lubes designed for plastics.
 

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All plant-based oils are unstable over time. They turn rancid, and they also lose volatiles at least as quickly as animal and mineral oils do.

If you are interested, and have the dregs of a bottle of Dextron III Mercon transmission fluid on hand, I have been lubing my rolling stock axles and rods on steamers for about 14 years now on the advice of a chemical engineer. It's a superior lubricant, paints and plastics safe, and it lasts a long time. I have even restored the brassworks in two antique clocks using ATF.
 

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All plant-based oils are unstable over time. They turn rancid, and they also lose volatiles at least as quickly as animal and mineral oils do.

If you are interested, and have the dregs of a bottle of Dextron III Mercon transmission fluid on hand, I have been lubing my rolling stock axles and rods on steamers for about 14 years now on the advice of a chemical engineer. It's a superior lubricant, paints and plastics safe, and it lasts a long time. I have even restored the brassworks in two antique clocks using ATF.
Or the motor oil you put in your car.
 
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