Rod Lube?

(Topic ID: 193074)

Rod Lube?


By Deafcon

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Is there anything that is acceptable to lubricate the shooter rod to keep the action smooth? Nobody likes to plunge with a dry rod.

    #2 1 year ago

    No. Just replace the sleeve and keep the mechanism clean.

    #3 1 year ago

    Depends on the manufacturer of the game. Data East/Sega/Stern Pinball use a shooter housing with a pressed-in metal bushing. Metal-to-metal contact needs periodic oiling with a couple of drops of oil.

    #4 1 year ago

    Funny as I was going to ask that too. Seeing that graphite was offered on one of the websites for the shooter assembly. I was always told keep clean and keep dry.

    #5 1 year ago

    My lady was complaining about friction too. I think this is the wrong forum though.

    #6 1 year ago

    If I remember correctly, one of the staff was going around with a rag and bottle of zippo fluid and wiping down the shooter rods at the VFW show back in May. I assume it was for lubrication.

    #7 1 year ago

    I think that was for cleaning.

    #8 1 year ago

    Once it has been cleaned and technically A1 I use Mill Wax as a final step.

    #9 1 year ago

    I put the tiniest amount possible of Super Lube (grease from the tube) on the rod and rub it on then wipe it, this works great. This is for the shooter rods on my pinball machines you perverts.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from tfduda:

    If I remember correctly, one of the staff was going around with a rag and bottle of zippo fluid and wiping down the shooter rods at the VFW show back in May. I assume it was for lubrication.

    I guess when isn't Naphtha the answer!?

    #11 1 year ago

    I put a little car wax on mine . Pull it all the way out - put some wax on - push it in and out a few times - done .

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    Depends on the manufacturer of the game. Data East/Sega/Stern Pinball use a shooter housing with a pressed-in metal bushing. Metal-to-metal contact needs periodic oiling with a couple of drops of oil.

    This is correct. The material they use for the bush is called oilite. A clean and then a couple of drops of very ligh sewing machine oil will make it good as new.
    Wax, grease or graphite powder will make it worse because it will clog the pores in the metal.

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