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    Homebrew DIY chain lube users - storage and application?

    For those of you using a DIY home brew chain lube, what do you use to mix it in, store it in, and also what do you use to apply it?

    I picked up some SAE 30 bar and chain oil and odorless mineral spirits yesterday. Just need to figure out what to mix it in.
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    You can use pretty much any plastic container, a gallon of tea/milk/juice bottle will work for example.

    You can mix that in a glass jar aswell, as for applicator some guys use a brush.

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    For application, there is always something like this....been looking for a decent used one for a while now!
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Alltrade-...750/204505279#
    might break down and just buy a new one at Home Depot!

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    I put my bar/chain oil cut with 10% spirits in a pickle jar and store my chains there.

    To apply after installation just buy an oil can...

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    I recycle old oil plastic bottles which you might be able to get from your local bike shop... I keep a smaller one (Tri-Flow) in my tool kit and re-fill these from a larger bottle I mix it up in.

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    There's no reason to spend anything for a mix/storage container when you probably discard 10 suitable containers a week. If you aren't discarding a suitable applicator bottle, you shouldn't spend more than $1.00 for something.

    Lots of drug stores sell small "travel" bottles, either with product you can consume, then keep the bottle, empties, with various spouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubberLegs View Post
    For application, there is always something like this....been looking for a decent used one for a while now!
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Alltrade-...750/204505279#
    might break down and just buy a new one at Home Depot!
    I tried one of those, it did a good job of squirting oil across the shop floor. One or two drops may have gotten on the chain. after cleaning up the floor, frame, and wheel, I went to the local 'dollar' store and bought a two pack of ketchup\mustard bottles.
    http://www.partycity.com/product/mus...bottle+12oz.do
    The hole is a bit bigger than I would like, but it doesn't go flying across the floor.
    I mix about 50/50, bar oil is thick, sticky stuff.
    If you don't know the way, you shouldn't be going there.

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    How do you guys refill the smaller bottles without removable lids?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    How do you guys refill the smaller bottles without removable lids?
    I don't, I simply use bottles that are refillable (there's enough around) In a pinch, I might use the suction method, by squeezing when empty and letting the bottle draw up liquid as it expands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    I tried one of those, it did a good job of squirting oil across the shop floor. One or two drops may have gotten on the chain. after cleaning up the floor, frame, and wheel, I went to the local 'dollar' store and bought a two pack of ketchup\mustard bottles.
    http://www.partycity.com/product/mus...bottle+12oz.do
    The hole is a bit bigger than I would like, but it doesn't go flying across the floor.
    I mix about 50/50, bar oil is thick, sticky stuff.
    I use one of these, filled with uncut chainsaw oil, for nearly everything:



    It takes patience and a little finesse to dispense a drop at a time, but it can be done.
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    Dang, I thought you were talking about homebrew beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    How do you guys refill the smaller bottles without removable lids?
    I mix up and store my homebrew (1 part Mobile 1/3 parts OMS) in a screw top quart metal can that originally held OMS. I apply it from an empty Prolink plastic bottle refilled from the quart can as needed. Prolink bottles have a removable cap and Tri-Flow bottles can have dispensing insert under the cap pulled out to let you fill the bottles with a small funnel.

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    Great thanks for the ideas all. As for the mixture I've heard some use 1:2 chain oil to OMS, some use 1:3, 1:1, etc. Not really sure what mixture is best.

    Does the oil and OMS readily mix together or do you have to shake vigorously as with an oil/water mixture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Great thanks for the ideas all. As for the mixture I've heard some use 1:2 chain oil to OMS, some use 1:3, 1:1, etc. Not really sure what mixture is best.

    Does the oil and OMS readily mix together or do you have to shake vigorously as with an oil/water mixture?
    The mixture ratio and the oil used (Mobile 1, chainsaw bar oil, 80/90 gear oil, regular motor oil, etc.) probably doesn't matter much. The 1/3 ratio I use gives low viscosity for penetration plus enough residual oil after the OMS evaporates but other ratios and types also work

    Yes, oil and OMS form a true solution and don't need to be shaken once they are uniformly blended when first mixed.

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    Awesome, thanks for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    As for the mixture I've heard some use 1:2 chain oil to OMS, some use 1:3, 1:1, etc. Not really sure what mixture is best.
    Asking what mix is best, is like asking what kind of flowers you should buy your wife. Some may say red roses, others pink carnations, or white daffodils. In reality, almost any flowers (or oil:OMS ratio) will be very much appreciated by your wife (chain).

    Of course, YMMV.

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    Just curious , what is the primary motivation for "rolling your own" when something like Prolink is fine , is it :

    1. cost
    2. bar oil & OMS mix is superior, e.g. attracts less road crap & lubes better
    3. it's more fun & it's a DIY homebrew
    4. another reason

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    I use the standard 1 part Mobil One with 4 parts OMS. I use an old chain lube drip bottle (Purple Extreme) that is transparent. I pull the nipple out, insert a funnel, pore in 20 - 25% Mobil One and fill to the top with OMS, (the real environmentally unacceptable type). Apply 1 or 2 drops per roller, wipe off the excess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Great thanks for the ideas all. As for the mixture I've heard some use 1:2 chain oil to OMS, some use 1:3, 1:1, etc. Not really sure what mixture is best.
    FWIW, having drunk the Chain-L Kool-Aid before I officially started using it, I was lubing my chains with the straight-up chainsaw oil. If the chain is thoroughly cleaned and dried, then the oil should wick everywhere it needs to go -- if slowly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinky View Post
    Just curious , what is the primary motivation for "rolling your own" when something like Prolink is fine
    For me, cost. Bar & chain oil costs <10 cents an ounce. I got a gallon back in 2006 for $10 and still have about 75% left. The secondary reason is effectiveness. After trying various strategies, I (personally) found this oil to be at least as good as others. I base this conclusion on lifespan of the chain (I replace @ ˝% stretch), quietness of the drive train, and shifting.

    I use bar & chain oil w/o any diluents, and apply it w/one of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    FWIW, having drunk the Chain-L Kool-Aid before I officially started using it, I was lubing my chains with the straight-up chainsaw oil. If the chain is thoroughly cleaned and dried, then the oil should wick everywhere it needs to go -- if slowly.
    And this is why I stay off home brew threads. Regardless of the oil used, I don't see any benefit to thinning if to apply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinky View Post
    Just curious , what is the primary motivation for "rolling your own" when something like Prolink is fine , is it :

    1. cost
    2. bar oil & OMS mix is superior, e.g. attracts less road crap & lubes better
    3. it's more fun & it's a DIY homebrew
    4. another reason
    I wanted to try it because the components are readily available. The only other thing is the White Lightning wax stuff which I didn't really care for on my last chain, or I have to drive 25+ round trip to my LBS or order online which is a hassle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinky View Post
    Just curious , what is the primary motivation for "rolling your own" when something like Prolink is fine , is it :

    1. cost
    2. bar oil & OMS mix is superior, e.g. attracts less road crap & lubes better
    3. it's more fun & it's a DIY homebrew
    4. another reason
    Basically 1 and 3 with more emphasis on 1. For quite a while I was supplying four of us with chain lube and mixing my own was a lot more cost effective. I bough a gallon of OMS and a quart of Mobile 1 at Walmart, mixed the lube 1 quart at a time in a left over solvent can and distributed it is recycled Prolink bottles. That was 10 years ago or more and we are still using lube from the original solvent/oil inventory. The fact is it works and works well. Our chains are quiet, shift well, last a long time and don't get too dirty so we have little incentive to change.

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    Best applicator I ever had, perfect one drop on each link and never a spill was a large plastic syringe with a curved plastic spout, rubber gasket eventually failed but I don't want to have another root canal to get another one for irrigating the tooth.

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    I mix mine in a relatively heavy plastic bottle of about 8oz. 1 pt synthetic motor oil, 1 pt chain saw oil, 1pt synthetic hypoid gear oil (about 100wt) and 1 pt mineral spirits. 8 oz should last you a long time - but I give a lot of it away in old triflow bottles which my LBS saved for me. (yes, they bring the bottles back for refills)

    Or, take the easy way out, and buy some Chain - L.

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