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So I want to paint one of my fans, and I read the whole "how-to" thread. The only thing is I don't know what type of oil/grease to use when putting everything back together.

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For lubing the bearings? From what I've read anything thick/viscous should do the trick. I use 3-in-1, it's cheap, viscous and clear.
    
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Originally Posted by Bluemustang;13552921 
For lubing the bearings? From what I've read anything thick/viscous should do the trick. I use 3-in-1, it's cheap, viscous and clear.

Right, I guess I'll go to the hardware store and look around for a 3-in-1 lithium grease.

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from ehume's excellent thread
http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/773256-prepping-sleeve-bearing-fan-work.html

"Your choice of lubricants. The Singer oil is from Wal-Mart, The XL model train oil is from a hobby shop and the Precision Lubricator is from Radio Shack. Do not use WD-40: it is a penetrant, not a lubricant. 3-in-1 oil contains a penetrant. And EpicPie has recommended Bones Speed Cream, which looks promising."
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Originally Posted by j.col;13553173 
from ehume's excellent thread
http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/773256-prepping-sleeve-bearing-fan-work.html

"Your choice of lubricants. The Singer oil is from Wal-Mart, The XL model train oil is from a hobby shop and the Precision Lubricator is from Radio Shack. Do not use WD-40: it is a penetrant, not a lubricant. 3-in-1 oil contains a penetrant. And EpicPie has recommended Bones Speed Cream, which looks promising."


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If its a sleeve bearing, use 5W30 or 10W30 engine oil. Works great in them. For a ballbearing fan, I have a guide on how to relube them, but use vaseline or some other light weight grease. if the bearings are worn on a sleeve bearing fan, use 80W90 gear oil. But ONLY if they are worn.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pyro_dude;13557413 
If its a sleeve bearing, use 5W30 or 10W30 engine oil. Works great in them. For a ballbearing fan, I have a guide on how to relube them, but use vaseline or some other light weight grease. if the bearings are worn on a sleeve bearing fan, use 80W90 gear oil. But ONLY if they are worn.

The issue with engine oil is opening a whole can to get a tiny bit. And then, do you buy a syringe for it?

Dr. Bones Speed Cream is a low-viscosity oil. Works fine. So far, the hobby shop oil and the Singer oil are becoming my favorites.
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Quote:
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The issue with engine oil is opening a whole can to get a tiny bit. And then, do you buy a syringe for it?

Dr. Bones Speed Cream is a low-viscosity oil. Works fine. So far, the hobby shop oil and the Singer oil are becoming my favorites.

I have a few methods to apply it, seeing as I have enough open quarts laying around. You buy one and itll last FOREVER lubing fan bearings. Theres a few ways to lube the fan bearings. Once disassembled, you can take your finger and dip it in the oil, and then let it drip one drop off your fingertip into the fan bearing, or I once had one of those little droppers they used in junior high or highschool science class(i stole it from school) and use that to drop drops of oil into the bearing, and also take your finer and put some oil on it and apply it to the motor shaft. I always use motor oil on my fan bearings, and never had issues, plus it lasts longer than other oils Ive tried. So this is why I recommend using motor oil. Because its so long lasting, and works very well. So my favourite is definately motor oil.

EDIT: i just remembered I use this Aeroshell 15W50 for my fans. Its aviation engine oil, and its superior to regular engine oil, and lasts even longer. Amazing oil there, def my favourite oil for fan bearings.
Edited by pyro_dude - 5/18/11 at 9:17pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ehume;13557588 
The issue with engine oil is opening a whole can to get a tiny bit. And then, do you buy a syringe for it?

Dr. Bones Speed Cream is a low-viscosity oil. Works fine. So far, the hobby shop oil and the Singer oil are becoming my favorites.

alot of guys have engine oil lying around already opened.
lol maybe its a texas thing??
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alot of guys have engine oil lying around already opened.
lol maybe its a texas thing??

Haha more like a mechanic thing. Im in colorado not texas. I use motor oil for all my lubing needs. I have like 3 or 4 open quarts of oil, plus one open bottle of 80W90. I use 80W90 for worn out fan bearings whenever i get them, i usually lube my fans ahead of time.
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