I have windows that are friction based (no rollers) and need silicone
lube every few years or so. The mfg recommends silicone lube as other
lubes and oils attract dirt, which jams up the surfaces. The silicone
lube works great and is long lasting, but the problem is the nasty
petroleum smell that lasts for days, nearly a week.
From what I could find out, silicone lubes use a "carrier" that
evaporates, leaving the silicone behind. Are there any silicone lubes
that don't use a smelly carrier, or even 100% pure silicone that I can
swab on the windows? Is the carrier really needed?
I went thru 5 different brands of silicone sprays for wood windows with
plastic tracks and the best one was by Dupont. Bought it at Ace Hardware
but have never found it again. Was NOT 100% silicone. They did not hold up
as well. None of the sprays smelled bad after an hour. If plastic involve
look for one labeled for plastic or vinyl.
Probably the easiest way to get what you want is to go to an automotive
parts store and buy a tube of silicone dielectric grease. It is a vaseline
consistency pure silicone that will do exactly what you want with no odor.
Thanks for the info. It seems like all the sprays mentioned in the
thread use some sort of evaporating carrier (hexane, aliphatic petroleum
distillates, 1,1,1 trichlor, etc.) I suppose the carrier would
normally evaporate. But on windows, there are so many nooks and
crannies and weatherstrip that the stuff takes a week or more to
Back in my dive shop days we used to use food grade silicon grease to lube and
restore rubber o-rings and regulator parts. It has no odor and lasts much
longer than silicon spray. Dow made it.... they call it high vacuum grease
That's great, there's a dive shop in town. Saves me the trouble of
calling a manufacturer and begging them to ship me a single order of grease.
Thanks for all the net advice.
Mortimer Schnerd, RN wrote:
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