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Which grease for carbon fiber tripods?

 
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Mar 08, 2017 17:48 |  #1

I spend a lot of time around beaches and salty environment so proper disassembly and clean sand off is required to preserve my CF Sirui T-2204X and its twist lock mechanism. I was thinking apply common white lithium grease as lubrificant but I have read around to use specific grease for carbon fibre tripods as the common lubrificants used for aluminum are not compatible and may damage it. Further, there are suggestions not to apply any grease to the plastic parts.
I am a bit confused and Sirui has no instructions on their website for maintenance.

Since carbon fibre tripods are almost the same do you guys recommend (or do not recommend) any specific grease and the way it should be applied?

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Mar 09, 2017 14:22 |  #2

Grease?
I wouldn't use grease. I don't recommend you use grease. Grease + dust/sand = lapping compound.

If you feel you must use some type of lubricant, you might try a dry silicone spray. I would apply it to a cloth first then lightly wipe the sliding parts.

Just keeping the tripod clean seems the best practice however.




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Mar 09, 2017 16:47 |  #3

Gitzo supply their tripods with fairly light Moly grease. Widely available and cheap at the car parts shop. Only use it sparingly - very little is required.


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Mar 09, 2017 17:03 |  #4

Really Right Stuff recommend a bearing grade grease on the male threads of the twist locks.


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Mar 10, 2017 00:32 |  #5

For who's interested, I received a response from the official local Sirui seller

"we recommend a dry lube such as graphite as it will not attract sand for the leg shims and locks and silicone spray for all other metal moving parts except the ballhead. "


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Mar 10, 2017 02:04 as a reply to DGStinner's post |  #6

The grease RRS uses in their instructional videos is Super Lube synthetic grease. It's pretty cheap and readily available if you have a Harbor Freight or Ace Hardware nearby. I only use it on the twist locks and on the hinge bolts where the leg/spider meet on my TVC-33, so it works nice and smooth. It only takes a very small amount, not much at all.


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Mar 25, 2017 15:54 |  #7

If your constantly around water I would make sure that the grease is waterproof and use it sparingly on the threads for the leg locks


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