Graphite powder suitable for gripper posts

Would the type of graphite sold for bicycle chains be suitable for lubricating SP-15 gripper posts? But I was hoping to find it in a dispensable container, not pressurized in a can, to avoid a mess.

Where’s a good spot to find it in small quantities?

Thank you.

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Paul Moxon, Moderator
13 years ago

Thanks Deborah. I’ll check it out.

Deborah Bryan
Deborah Bryan
13 years ago

I have used a product called Bike Aid by Dri Slide, designed for lubricating motorcycle cables. The nice thing about this lubricant is that it comes in a 4 fluid ounce container with a screw-on 4″ long metal needle applicator, so you can get the admittedly messy lube where you want it, i.e. on the gripper posts. I have seen it at several motorcycle shops, for about $10. The contents listed are petroleum distillates, corrosion inhibitor, naphthenic oil, molybdenum disulfide, and graphite. You need to shake it well before and during application.

Eric Holub
13 years ago

Applying powdered graphite directly is indeed messy. Many places on the Linotype, parts are polished with flake graphite. That leaves no excess, which can get gummy when damp, but just a thin film for lubrication. By polishing, I mean rubbing a part on a soft board with graphite sprinkled on it, or applying it by cloth and buffing.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
13 years ago

You should be able to find it in squeezable plastic tubes at any hardware or even a drugstore. It’s messy nonetheless.

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