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Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by davidos, Dec 15, 2017.
OK to put a dab of Vaseline in the little hole? Help or Hurt?
I have always assumed the hole was there for that.
Help, although vaseline wouldn't be my first choice...
A drop or two of machine oil, perhaps.
First of all, when I lubricate my vintage tuners I remove them.
I use naphta to clean and flush out old grease and dirt. Use a pipette that you often find in art supply shops and flush the naphta in and out of the tuner. Let it dry, the naphta quickly vaporates, so it does not do any harm to your tuners.
Then use any lubricant you want that does not contain any silicones. I prefer to use lithium grease, but vaseline will do as well, and so will 3-in-One oil or dry teflon oil. I even know some techs that use lip balm. I prefer white lithium grease because it absolutely doesn't run, resists moisture, isn't corrosive and adheres very well to metal.
+1. However I personally avoid using 3-in-one oil as it can leak and cause damage to the finish. You can also check this page: http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html (although not specific to klusons, it nonetheless features good advice).
It just adds ambience to the old finish . . . goes well the dings along the edges and the cig burns.
Thx for the replies... I do have this from StewMac... Go for this first?
Will do. As said, preferably use it on the tuners when removed, not too much. Try winding the tuner a lot in both directions when applied and maybe have it sit over night. It's more liquid than vaseline and lithium grease.
Vaseline for your stiff Kluson.
Graphite works well.
I use tri-flow too. The needle style nozzle gets into the hole well. But I agree its best to remove the tuners first although I'm sometimes too lazy
This is how it's done.