For lube, you really can't go wrong with Super Lube. Super lube is PTFE based which is basically Teflon, just not Dupont brand. Just be sure to completely clean any old lubricants off before switching types. Certain lubricants can congeal when mixed, or even slightly harden.
Rubbing alcohol or vinegar are both pretty good at cleaning off grease without worrying about drying out your rubber and plastic bits. Don't use any petroleum base degreaser. They tend to ruin some things.
Make sure you don't have any loose grease around your air nozzle. I did that by mistake and ended up coating my barrel and hop up rubber with grease. I got about 20 yards of range from the complete lack up hop up spin.
Post by Shadow (314) on Oct 31, 2013 12:19:28 GMT -5
This post in meant to encompass a lot that most of us probably know. Just please bear with me. With springer long rifles, the argument for what lubrication is an old one. IN MY OPINION <(that) all that matters is that you find a lube that meets your needs for viscosity, won't degrade the materials you're working with, won't collect dirt and dust on its surface as easily, and is preferably more water resistant. The viscosity is how thick or watery it is. The thicker lubes will last longer, work better for slower moving parts, is more water resistant, and really stay put but, it'll also cause more drag and is more prone to clump up. Near motors for AEGs, gears, and external moving parts, these heavier oils and greases are perfect. Internally when consistency and low drag is key, you don't want this. Lower weight and more watery oils are better here but, there is a limit to this too. If it's too thin and won't really leave any lasting coat of lube on your surface the lube will wash or be worn away much more quickly. On the other hand, the thinner lube will offer much less resistance for the BB, or piston to move and therefore, allow it to move faster. A good medium is key depending on how often you'll be cleaning and re-lubing it, what conditions you'll be playing in, the diameter of your barrel, the power of your platform, and the quality of your BB and barrel. Also, be aware that not all lubes or ingredients to that lube is good for the materials of your weapon platform. It's already known that ingredients like mineral oils can slowly break down the rubber of your hop up and some ingredients can do worse to certain parts. It's also been said that a mixture of one lube with another may cause a chemical reaction that would be less than desirable. For info on this, I would refer to the airsoftsniperforums. Last, I find that even a lube that covers all this discussed so far needs to have a the ability to "stick" to the moving parts of my rifle and hold up against the hell I put it through. I've experimented with some oils that just seem to disappear faster than others due to wear and the elements. I want to make sure that my rifle will remain clean and well lubed during a 24 hour game, no problem.
After all this, I can't tell anyone what oils, greases, or powders are best for their platforms. I hate to say it but, it'll be different for each situation and demands.
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