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TauReef
09/29/2012, 11:38 AM
Like many of you I have a pair of bone cutters for fragging that has developed some rust and does not move smoothly as it should. I rinse and dry the cutters as much as I can after each use but they still rust. I was wondering if anything knows of a reef safe way I can lubricate the cutters? Do you think olive oil would be ok? Should I not bother to fix it and buy a new pair?

lecher
09/29/2012, 11:56 AM
I use spray veg. oil for cooking and then wipe off excess with a paper towel.

captjab
09/29/2012, 12:15 PM
To break them loose, work them back and forth in tub of saltwater. Once you get them working freely you can do the same step in freshwater to remove the salt and then rinse them well. The next step is to soak them in a cup of vegetable oil overnight. Next day dry the excess oil off and you should be good for a while.

sirreal63
09/29/2012, 12:17 PM
I prefer silicone lubricant, such as this.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/1872/

Dow makes several silicone based lubricants, they work well at repelling water and providing lubrication as well as keeping o-rings from drying our or getting hard.

mussel and hate
09/29/2012, 12:53 PM
Silicone works well. I prefer parafin wax. Parafin is an excellent corrosion inlhibitor as well as a lubricant, it has good adhesion to steel as well.

doublejhunter
09/29/2012, 01:09 PM
Food grade mineral oil would probably work best.

ajcanale
09/29/2012, 02:39 PM
+1 vegtable oil, or any other food grade oil. Provided your fish don't have a peanut allergy. :ape:

Pdxile
09/29/2012, 11:26 PM
I prefer silicone lubricant, such as this.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/1872/

Dow makes several silicone based lubricants, they work well at repelling water and providing lubrication as well as keeping o-rings from drying our or getting hard.

Totally agree. Silicon is inert. Veg or other oil will cause a film on your water, at best. A tiny container of silicon grease is about $3 at the hardware store.

greenvillecoins
09/30/2012, 08:40 AM
soak in viniger?