Help! Clamp bases rusting.

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  1. almerickso

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    Hi guys,

    Any idea how to prevent the clamp bases from rusting? I used to clean the track with some alcohol wipes then after a few days i realized the bases are harder to move and i see rust residue on the track. since the track is stainless steel (or so i think) it could be the bases.

    i have now resorted to putting wd40 on the track and rotate the bases to get the rust out. i have been doing this everyday for about 4 days now but rust still keeps coming out. though it is much lesser than the first 2 days.

    any advice would be great!
     
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  2. Rorsach

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    Ditch the WD40 and get some good quality oil, like gun-oil.
    WD40 is the scourge of the world.
     
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  3. zidane339

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    What machine is this on Almerickso?

    On an off note,hows the Microgel Prestige Pro treating you?
     
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  4. almerickso

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    i'm using an Eagnas Plus 8000 now
    http://www.eagnas.com/plus8000.html

    got it 2nd hand from a friend.

    zidane339, i ddnt quite get used to it so i switched back to my LM Prestige MPs just passed it on to somebody else this afternoon..

    still on my search for that 16 main racquet that swings and feels almost like the prestige mp.

    its a tough search haha
     
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    Gun oil is much better than WD-40. About the same price. YOu might try storing your machine in a plastic box and putting some dehydrant bags in there, to suck up moisture.
     
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  6. Il Mostro

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    Mabuhay! I guess that year-round equatorial humidity is just taking its natural course. One of the things most people are not aware that WD40 is not a lubricant. It was developed by NASA for water dispersal (hence "WD"). It works well for that but, unfortunately, is just as good at attracting dirt which creates a whole new set of problems if used long term. My suggestion is spray-on lithium grease which will set up as it dries, leaving a protective barrier and is a relatively long lasting lubricant as well.
     
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    salamat! thanks for the info!

    where can i get lithium grease? any reliable shops online that ship outside the US?

    in singapore it's pretty imposible to get gun oil cuz there are no guns allowed for public sale in singapore even air powered guns are pretty much under lock and key.
     
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    Sowing machine oil is also a good bet.
     
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    I also use Topcote in my home shop. Does wonders removing rust and making machines look new.
     
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    I always use scotch brite to clean the surface and then apply the TopCote afterwards. If you do this, it will be protected for quite some time.
     
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  12. almerickso

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    thanks for the suggestions!

    i hope this passes thru shipping and customs. sinagpore doesnt allow aerosols to be shipped in i think... blah...

    and i cant reach into the part the is rusting cuz its on the track... unless i disassemble it... hmmm
     
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    Not trying to be a smart ass, but I can get all the guns, ammo and accouterments I want in Davao City. I am not sure about shipping aerosol -- I have enough problems shipping sparkling wine.

    Seriously, you should have no problem finding something suitable in Singapore. Plus: chili crab and Tiger beer...mmmmmmmm!
     
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  14. almerickso

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    haha well if i were in manila, yes those things wouldn't be so hard to get.

    u can get anything u want in the philippines...

    problem is i'm based in singapore now and the restrictions are a bit frustrating...
     
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    Fast boat, my friend. ;-)
     
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