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Old 05-12-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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Lubricants, sealants and cleaners

Would anyone care to share their list of "essential" lubricants and cleaners for our RWs? For example, CRC Powerlube for the Schwintek worm gear slides, 3inOne oil for dump-valve cables, etc? I'm trying to put together a list of products to have on hand, and I want to make a schedule for lubricating slides, seals, bearings, etc. I have some of the basics like WD-40, Breakaway Penetrating Oil, etc. but I know there are some specialty products which I'll need. My DW "suggests" that I just let whatever dealer we might be near do this on an annual basis, when we do the annual inspection. I'd like to be a little more proactive than that. Thanks for your suggestions...
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:46 PM   #2
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You hit most of them, but you might want to add Pledge for the nose cap. It helps keep the bugs from sticking to it and Old English for the interior woodwork.
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You hit most of them, but you might want to add Pledge for the nose cap. It helps keep the bugs from sticking to it and Old English for the interior woodwork.
Thanks! Looks like I should also add Dicor Sealant for the roof, and maybe a roll of EternaBond tape for emergency roof repairs (low branch tears, etc.).
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I just finished polishing ALL the wood inside with Scott's Liquid Gold, what a difference, really brought out the color & grain in that beautiful interior. Lots of rubbing, like waxing the exterior, but well worth it. Might want add some to your list.
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Technically, you are supposed to use an Alpha Systems lap sealant on the roof, at least according to Redwood and Alpha. However Dicor will tell you their product is fine on the Alpha roof. Who you gonna believe
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Not sure if you'll use the WD-40 on much, one you should add for most lubricating is Silicon spray lubricant, especially for the exterior.
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I just finished polishing ALL the wood inside with Scott's Liquid Gold, what a difference, really brought out the color & grain in that beautiful interior. Lots of rubbing, like waxing the exterior, but well worth it. Might want add some to your list.
Good idea, thanks! I use Formby's lemon oil on my cherry furniture here at home, but I'll try a couple of different products in different rooms and see which I like best in the RW.
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Technically, you are supposed to use an Alpha Systems lap sealant on the roof, at least according to Redwood and Alpha. However Dicor will tell you their product is fine on the Alpha roof. Who you gonna believe
I'll start by believing Alpha Systems, and will carry both! :-)
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I'll start by believing Alpha Systems, and will carry both! :-)
True, it isn't a lube product - I use it just for what it's intended, and as a solvent. I already have the silicon lube and white lithium grease. My wife keeps half a dozen varieties of olive oil around too! :-) thanks!
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Not sure if you'll use the WD-40 on much, one you should add for most lubricating is Silicon spray lubricant, especially for the exterior.
True, it isn't a lube product - I use it just for what it's intended, and as a solvent. I already have the silicon lube and white lithium grease. My wife keeps half a dozen varieties of olive oil around too! :-) thanks!
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