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    First: ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS clean out old lubricant before applying new one!!!!! I can't stress it enough. As far as I've been taught, not doing so wears out components and fast.
    For your application I would go for ol' trusty white lithium grease. Don't use too much, a dab will do. Overoiling has never solved anything. I use lithium mostly on my skateboard bearings and that stuff is wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VPooler View Post
    First: ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS clean out old lubricant before applying new one!!!!! I can't stress it enough. As far as I've been taught, not doing so wears out components and fast. For your application I would go for ol' trusty white lithium grease. Don't use too much, a dab will do. Overoiling has never solved anything. I use lithium mostly on my skateboard bearings and that stuff is wonderful.
    This is absolutely correct. Hence the Term, CLEAN, lubricate adjust.
    But of course, if you want to do half a job feel free.
    Personally I'll buy a non-functional watch or camera, but I won't buy one that's been worked on unless it's been worked on by someone I know to do good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
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    I wonder if that's like Oil of Dog? http://www.classicreader.com/book/2058/1/

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    How about sewing machine oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    How about sewing machine oil?
    You're joking right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    You're joking right?
    No, please explain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    No, please explain?
    Sewing machine oil is a petroleum oil, like the oil you use in your car's engine. Petroleum oils creep; when you apply them to a pivot, say, in a short time they spread down the shaft and over the plate the pivot works in. This means oil spreads to where it is not wanted or needed, and leaves the point needing lubrication dry.
    Animal, vegetable, and some synthetic oils have the virtue of "staying put". Animal and vegetable base oils, and blends thereof, were used in watches and clocks for centuries until synthetic oils were developed.

    Here's a great source of lubricants for fine mechanisms. http://www.ofrei.com/page246.html I've been using these oils and greases for a couple decades and reccomend them very highly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Sewing machine oil is a petroleum oil, like the oil you use in your car's engine. Petroleum oils creep; when you apply them to a pivot, say, in a short time they spread down the shaft and over the plate the pivot works in. This means oil spreads to where it is not wanted or needed, and leaves the point needing lubrication dry.
    Animal, vegetable, and some synthetic oils have the virtue of "staying put". Animal and vegetable base oils, and blends thereof, were used in watches and clocks for centuries until synthetic oils were developed.

    Here's a great source of lubricants for fine mechanisms. http://www.ofrei.com/page246.html I've been using these oils and greases for a couple decades and reccomend them very highly.
    I thought sewing machine oil would have the best viscosity, but you obviously know much more about oils than me and I apologise for my crass post.

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    I'd still say white lithium grease for optimum performance.

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