I made that oil choice after numerous tests with various mainspring lubes observing how the spring unwound in my spring winder within its working range after being wound to its limit several times. As Frank says, there are a lot of lubes out there made specifically for clocks, and people are encouraged to use them. If the clocks are vintage this often brings back a walk down memory lane, and opens up conversation allowing us to remember back to a time in our lives that we experienced. Vacta Way Oil is what you need. Watch and Clock Concentrated CleanerThe picture is not accurate.
Without oil friction will eventually cause the hole in the clock plate to enlarge and become elongated. Clock collectors often find value in displaying these old electric clocks, but some Pam clock motors become noisy as they age. Specialty Lubricants New Bedford Mass. We have created the video below showing how to oil a clock's movement. You wouldn't put clock oil in your car's engine or transmission; you shouldn't do the reverse, either. Check out some of my website pages.
The age and type of clock are the main two factors. We offer live chat support Monday through Friday 9am - 6pm Eastern Standard Time. I do this in the belief that enduring companies are surviving because of the dependability of their products. Use a Phillips precision screwdriver to unfasten these. Moore has written for My Mexico Living, BoomersAbroad and various other websites.
He says quality control for a mass-produced oil is likely to be better than for specialist clock oils. Put them on a diner wall or hang them proudly in your man cave. Don't forget to oil the weight pulleys and the front plate posts. If this is required, remove the movement from the case and then let the clock springs run out in some cases the relaxed springs won't let you get the movement out of the clock. While you unhook the last weight keep pressure on the weight cable, then remove the movement.
I have no idea what is in them. With one exception, I have stuck with products specified for the horological trade. Now that the movement is free from the case you will notice multiple oil sinks on the surface of each clock plate. It works really, really well and will not harm any metals. Once the movement is removed you will remove the clock hands. I am in agreement with Harold well over a hundred springs. Then another problem arrises in the fact that the thinner oils evaporate quicker leaving you a dry spring.
Sometimes it will stick and a gentle rocking back and forth will loosen the hand and it will come off. I heard Nye was at one time the last holdout supplier for whale oil. I have been able to observe similar favorable results while examining clock springs in my winder that I lubricated with 90w oil more than ten years earlier. Oil is the cheapest part of clock repair so why not use what has been tested for that purpose. Replace the cover, and connect the clock to the power outlet. The answer to that question gets more complex every day.
Detergent motor oil doesn't work because of the fact it is designed to be recirculated where fresh oil is always present. Apparently something in that mixture reacted to the brass so what I thought was a good lubricant turned out to be a lethal compound for mainsprings. . Contact our site Administrator at. If you never wander from the norm you never learn anything new. The clock is absolutely beautiful when lit and will make a wonderful addition to your home or office. Frank I have been using the Ethsyntha as well.
Would have thought it was the same the world over. Disconnect the clock, and remove the back cover again. I claim credentials as a clockmaker and a machinist. This will make it easier to apply a single drop to each oil sink. But getting back to the Slick 50 if someone will put the ingredients here so I can compare with this teflon lube spray from Lowes. I cleaned it with laundry detergent in water and dried it with a hair dryer.
Here is our YouTube Channel:. I have seen no difference in time run between 3 in 1 oil and regular clock oil. Because in some grandfather clocks the movement is held in place by the downward force of the weights, when you remove the strike side left weight the movement is susceptible to falling. We create the perfect display using an oil clock or even a Gas clock to draw the attention of our guests or customers. These clocks advertised everything from soft drinks to motor oil brands. Modern grandfather clocks usually have more complicated movements which makes reaching all the oil points a little more difficult. I don't know whether Three-In-One oil in England is different than in the U.