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My supply of Sil-Glyde has come to an end and I need to buy more or a substitute. Looking on line I am reminded at how expensive everything has become. I use this to lube brake slide pins and other wear surfaces on braking systems. I also have used it to lube rubber bits to assist in assembly and keep things moving. Question is, do I buy the same thing again, which will probably last me to the end of my wrenching days or do I get the newer “high tech” silicone / ceramic stuff? The orange ceramic stuff looks good but wouldn’t be a good plan to use this to lube rubber bits - messy and can see the color. Any thoughts?
 
I did brake pad replacements for friends and relatives for a while. $20 a wheel plus parts. The first wheel on some of those f&*cking cars was a real PITA, the second easy peasy after I figured out the routine. Anyway, I always bought a little "ketchup packet" sized brake grease packet with the parts at the auto supply store and used less than half so I have a fair supply of un opened in my tool box.
 
As you probably know, I'm a big fan of red rubber grease. Besides the brakes, it's great for lubing any other rubber parts. It's a special grease made just for rubber from vegetable oil, not regular petroleum oil. I first learned of it here on the forum from some of our English members. It's very popular over there and readily available. Not so much here, lol. In fact, I ordered mine all the way from England. I recently bought a second can as my 1st is getting low already, Yes, I use it a lot, but I gave lots away in little containers to all my biking buddies, lol.

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My latest "new use" for this stuff - CV carb diaphragms. I smear it all over the diaphragm plus apply it to the seal groove on top of the carb body. The tops seal very well using this stuff plus I think it helps soften and preserve the rubber .....

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Question is, do I buy the same thing again, which will probably last me to the end of my wrenching days or do I get the newer “high tech” silicone / ceramic stuff?
Ask yourself 'what is it about my usual product that I don't like and has it ever let me down?'
If the answer is 'nothing and never' then why change and potentially have a product that doesn't perform as well?
 
As you probably know, I'm a big fan of red rubber grease. Besides the brakes, it's great for lubing any other rubber parts. It's a special grease made just for rubber from vegetable oil, not regular petroleum oil. I first learned of it here on the forum from some of our English members. It's very popular over there and readily available. Not so much here, lol. In fact, I ordered mine all the way from England. I recently bought a second can as my 1st is getting low already, Yes, I use it a lot, but I gave lots away in little containers to all my biking buddies, lol.

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Red Rubber Grease is the correct lubricant for brake applications. Piston/seal kits often come with a little one-time use packet of it. It's worth going to the trouble and expense of finding it.
Sil-Glyde has been demonstrated to slightly alter/swell rubber. It's been discussed on this Forum. If you are going to use a silicone-based lube, use one that is 100% silicone, such as:
https://www.divers-supply.com/tride...ork=g&targetid=pla-588087368866&gad_source=1&
It will not alter/swell rubber.
 
Local NAPA counter guy thinks I eat sylglide like library paste, but I don't use it on brake parts or carb diaphragms.
 
Yep, that's the stuff. Another place I like to use it is on the footpeg mount rubbers, makes them slide on and off so nice. And on the later plastic side cover mounting grommets .....

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Must have gotten popular! My local supplier said they just ran out and will have more in a couple of weeks.
 
Ok i'm sold, just bought a jar off Amazon to add to my collection of greases and sealants.
 
I will have to get some too. Those fuel tank pucks are always sticky. I am using noting now. I used the wrong grease before and it was difficult to get the tank off.
 
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