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    petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    So, looking in the manual about storage of the Krystal Clear 635T, and it said to coat the gaskets in petroleum jelly and store in an airtight plastic bag.

    1) Isn't petroleum jelly rough on rubber products?

    2) Isn't that going to be nasty getting off the gaskets next season?

    3) Would something water-soluble like K-Y jelly be a better substitute?
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    You should only use silicon grease (e.g. pool lube) on o-rings and gaskets.
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Like Mark said, use silicone grease (not silicone adhesive) on rubber parts, not all rubber is the same though, most common O-rings are now made from Buna-N rubber, and it is possible, but somewhat unlikely that the O-rings used supplied with your 635T are made of a material that is more resistant like Nitrile, these however cost about 5-10 times the price of more common
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    do NOT use petroleum based products..it'll slowly eat away at the o rings and gaskets. As mas985 said....get some pool lube.
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Will my local pool store probably have this stuff, or do I need to look online?
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Pool stores have it.
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Pool stores have it, but around here they sell you a miserable little 2oz. tube for a ridiculous price. I went with this deal on Amazon, which is 2 - 5oz. tubes for $12.48 with free shipping. So compare before you buy.

    http://www.amazon.com/PACK-Aladdin-T...ords=magiclube

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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    I thought we should use silicon only ?
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Silicone lube is the best solution. Magic Lube II is silicone based lube. Regular Magic Lube is Teflon based. I find that Teflon based lubes tend to gum up and makes things sticky and hard to work with.

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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Thanks for all the information folks! If I get a chance, I'll go by the pool store tomorrow.
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Grrr. I went to the pool store. The only lube they had was Magic Lube. No "silicone" or "teflon" mentioned anywhere on the ingredients, packaging or the display box. I brought it home to look up what "PTFE" is, and it turns out it's teflon.

    Is it really worth the gas and hassle of taking this back and finding silicone-based stuff at the hardware store?
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    I don't like teflon based lube. You will probably need to go online to find silicone lube. Boss 820 is a good lube for a good price.

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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    I get my silicon lube at Home Depot in the plumbing Dept. It is sometimes called plumber's grease by those in the trade. It is usually food grade rated since it can be used on the O-rings for water faucets or scuba gear. A small 50 cent piece sized tub should only be $4-$5. Dow Corning also sells a food grade silicon grease in a tube.

    Here is one possibility:
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    Re: petroleum jelly on pump gaskets?

    Yeah, I just got back from Lowe's, and picked up some Oatey Silicone Grease. It was only $3.33 for 1/2 an ounce.

    I'll take the teflon stuff back tomorrow.
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