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    Proper lubricant for o-rings

    After getting estimates for opening my pool (~$500 including taking off cover, removing plugs, reconnecting heater & pump, initial vacuuming, and initial shock with chlorine), I think I'm going to do this myself. One question I have is what is the proper type of lubricant for the DE filter and pump o-rings? Is WD-40 appropriate or should I use a silicone based product?
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    O-rings should get a silicone based lubricant.
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    Teflon based lubricants are ok also. My favorites are Magic Lube (teflon and Magic Lube II (silicone) by Aladdin. You can find it at a pool supply store since they are made for pool and spa use. I would stay away from some of the general purpose silicone spays and lubes because some of them do contain petroleum products which can destroy o rings.

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    Yeah I would suggest a Teflon based lube- definitely not WD40! I personally use magic lube on my customers equipment. I would suggest staying away from aqualube which after time turns into a gunky mess.

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    I used MagicLube II on my pump, heater and plug (and vacuum) o-rings last season and I can't believe what good shape they looked to be in this past weekend when I opened. I used it again when I opened this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muss08
    Yeah I would suggest a Teflon based lube- definitely not WD40! I personally use magic lube on my customers equipment. I would suggest staying away from aqualube which after time turns into a gunky mess.
    Yup. It's also very very sticky. I've got a buddy in the pool service business who's fond of saying "if you get Aqualube on your truck it was probably time to get a new truck anyway"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman95
    Quote Originally Posted by muss08
    Yeah I would suggest a Teflon based lube- definitely not WD40! I personally use magic lube on my customers equipment. I would suggest staying away from aqualube which after time turns into a gunky mess.
    Yup. It's also very very sticky. I've got a buddy in the pool service business who's fond of saying "if you get Aqualube on your truck it was probably time to get a new truck anyway"!
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    Has anyone used "Super-Lube" grease on pool o-rings and pumps? I used it for all sorts of things on my sailboat. The company says it can be used for pool pumps and I have many tubes of it from when I went to boat shows and they would give it away..
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    Re:

    Quote Originally Posted by HarryMichael
    Has anyone used "Super-Lube" grease on pool o-rings and pumps? I used it for all sorts of things on my sailboat. The company says it can be used for pool pumps and I have many tubes of it from when I went to boat shows and they would give it away..
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    Look out! I'm going to bump this 3 year old thread!

    I know that Magic Lube is all the rage here, but I absolutely hate handling that stuff. It's good if you want to "paste" something into position and have some lubricating properties. But it seems a **** of a dirt attractant, and clean up is a nightmare.

    I just used Super Lube on a Snap-On toolbox to free up the ball bearings that were varnished up by some **** that Snap-on used on them. This stuff is awesome and has been around for a long time. It is H1 rated and food grade. Easy to work with, stays where you put it, and makes things slick.

    I just had a tube of Magic Lube get crushed so I don't want to buy anymore and am thinking about switching to Super Lube for all the Pool O-rings.

    Anybody else use Super Lube or have any thoughts? This stuff is usually cheaper as well!
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    Re: Proper lubricant for o-rings

    SuperLube grease should be just fine. It's non-petroleum based, so it won't deteriorate the o-rings. Silicone and Teflon. What more could you ever want?
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    Re: Proper lubricant for o-rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohm_Boy
    SuperLube grease should be just fine. It's non-petroleum based, so it won't deteriorate the o-rings. Silicone and Teflon. What more could you ever want?
    If I don't have to, I never want to go near Magic Lube for the rest of my Life!
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