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.

Graphite powder suitable for gripper posts

6 thoughts on “Graphite powder suitable for gripper posts

  • October 18, 2010 at 12:11 am
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    Thank you for your info Deborah.

    I found a small tube of graphite powder next to the key cutting machine at my local Home Depot.

    With some pre-masking of my cylinder and surrounding area I managed fairly well, containing the mess somewhat by squeezing a bit of graphite into an empty BIC pen tube and taping a bit of it out at a time.

    But I’ll certainly look for this Dri Slide, sounds interesting, not sure if one would want the added distillates and oil though? Anyone can offer feedback on that please?

  • October 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm
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    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.

  • September 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm
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    Paul, Eric,
    as usual thanks very much for your timely comments. I’m off looking for graphite powder now!

  • September 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm
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    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.

  • September 4, 2010 at 8:31 am
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    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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