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I noticed the post about the rusted stair rod end and washers, and while that’s not an issue for us, it seems to be more difficult to get them started to retract than when we purchased our Ollie.  I was thinking about using paraffin or some other dry lubricant to “grease the skids”.   Any suggestions?

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I have sprayed ours regularly through the years. I've used WD-40 (messy) and dry silicone lubricant (much better). Aluminum tends to want to "stick" to itself. I've not thought about using paraffin, but that is a good idea. It might stay on longer than my methods. Give it a shot and let's see how it works.

 

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40 minutes ago, Wandering Sagebrush said:

I noticed the post about the rusted stair rod end and washers, and while that’s not an issue for us, it seems to be more difficult to get them started to retract than when we purchased our Ollie.  I was thinking about using paraffin or some other dry lubricant to “grease the skids”.   Any suggestions?

We use Blaster products. We have both the silicone and Multipurpose. I use the silicone one on the steps

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41 minutes ago, Wandering Sagebrush said:

Any suggestions?

Basically (like Steve) I've used dry silicone.  A couple of times per year is all it takes.

Wax will probably work but it is more work to put it on versus using a spray can.😁

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We applied some blue backcountry ski wax last summer - still smooth articulation in and out after 8 months, FYI.

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9 hours ago, Wandering Sagebrush said:

What? No extra red klister?  😇

HA!  The klister would rub off too quick, right?  Good idea for the short game though!

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On 4/26/2024 at 10:58 AM, MAX Burner said:

We applied some blue backcountry ski wax last summer - still smooth articulation in and out after 8 months, FYI.

Ours needs a lube job for sure! It's the last thing we struggle with, when breaking camp. Hmmm? It's been 18 years since I've skied and have since run out of ski wax. We traded our skis in for dirt bikes when we moved to Arizona! Art lives really close to the slopes of Taos NM though...

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14 hours ago, Ronbrink said:

Yet another use for this! 

Like the price! I always prefer a grease or wax over any spary product that drips after application and gets messy! Last WD-40 can I bought was in the 70s, maybe the 80s, really. WD the door hinges? NO, just pull the hinge pins and rub them with grease. Thank you for this.

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43 minutes ago, jd1923 said:

Like the price! I always prefer a grease or wax over any spary product that drips after application and gets messy! Last WD-40 can I bought was in the 70s, maybe the 80s, really. WD the door hinges? NO, just pull the hinge pins and rub them with grease. Thank you for this.

Last time I used WD-40 for anything it was for drying out the distributor cap in my 1971 Dodge Challenger. I guess I could use it to clean and de-grease my bicycle chains but I think mineral spirits does a better job and is a whole lot cheaper.

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