Home grown wax lube.
good snowy morning ,
I may not be the only one to do this but I thought Id share what I did.
I installed new chains on two of the bikes, I decided to try white lightning esp on my commute machine cuz I hate getting black crap all over me when I break down.
I picked up a 8oz bottle of white lightning at a LBS. typical LBS gouging at $16.95!!! ($2.11 per oz) well it looked like plain old paraffin wax after it dried and the solvent (carrier fluid) smelled like , felt like miniral spirits.
seeing I used $ 6-7 dollars worth of the stuff on just one of the new chains I decided to see if I could do a home brew. this stuff would be costly having to re -apply every few rides or so.
HMM I looked on the internet and miniral spirits is the prefered solvent for wax, many "Good housekeeping" type sites say use miniral spirits to clean up crayon marks (a wax)
LONG STORY SHORTER
I purchased a can of miniral spirits and melted a bunch of Tea light candles that My wife had (plain non scented ) remove wick and the small metal piece on bottom. You can also By paraffin at lots of places.
when the wax was melted I poured it into the minral spirits that I put into an old water bottle.
I shook the daylights out of the mix and then tried it.
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My home brew Applies the same , Looks the same, , smells darn close and didnt cost squat to make I made 20 or so OZ for maybe $3.50
This morning I checked the other new chain that I used my home brew on and it was stuck to the chain , Dry , waxy and white!!
shoot you can add custom colors to match your bike (only kidding) you can also play with the viscocity
and try a thinner or thicker mix, and perhaps add some other agents.
Have a great day