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Forum topic by Loren posted 02-15-2018 09:24 PM 412 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Loren

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02-15-2018 09:24 PM

I have an old bookbinding press. I haven’t use
it in awhile and it’s become hard to turn the
screw. While dust may be a factor I suspect the
grease on the 3” diameter screw has solidified
and I’ll need to clean it off and re-grease it.

Any suggestions on how to go about degreasing
and what sort of grease to use?


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Jerry

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 09:34 PM

VM&Naphta degunks anything.

I would try some white lithium grease to replace it.

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 09:35 PM



I have an old bookbinding press. I haven t use
it in awhile and it s become hard to turn the
screw. While dust may be a factor I suspect the
grease on the 3” diameter screw has solidified
and I ll need to clean it off and re-grease it.

Any suggestions on how to go about degreasing
and what sort of grease to use?

- Loren


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olBuck

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 09:41 PM

Loren, beleve a wire wheel on drill motor will be needed to rid those threads of who knows what before you move it. Then move it on to clean threads with your choice of lubricant Would be nice to wrap after cleaning & greasing. best of luck.

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 09:44 PM

I would think any sort of degreaser would work—I like this stuff

For lubrication I think a dry lube might be a good choice (dry spray lube, paraffin, motorcycle chain wax). If the screw is exposed a grease might have a tendency to collect dirt or other contaminants.

Just a thought…I’m no expert in this area.

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Loren

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#5 posted 02-15-2018 10:46 PM

A dry lubricant is an interesting idea. It was
in a book bindery when I got it so the airborne
contaminants weren’t a big deal.

I’ll probably try the dry lube and see if it works
well with the press.

Thanks all. You’ve given me some ideas.

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Mike_in_STL

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#6 posted 02-15-2018 10:48 PM

How old is this press? I wonder if they used animal tallow as a lube if it’s old enough…

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Loren

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#7 posted 02-15-2018 10:52 PM

My guess is pre-war but not 19th century.

It has something like axle grease on it now I think.

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Tennessee

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#8 posted 02-15-2018 10:53 PM

Carb cleaner.

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#9 posted 02-15-2018 10:56 PM

Will brake cleaner work? I have a can of that.

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 11:40 PM

any strong solvent should work…

I love the 3M spray citrus stuff…. works great, smells good and isn’t so harsh on your skin

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Mike_in_STL

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#11 posted 02-15-2018 11:45 PM

Brake cleaner cuts just about everything. I’ve used it to clean my hands after greasy automotive work. Just pray you don’t have any tiny cuts….

I wonder if a heat gun would help to soften what ever has petrified on there.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#12 posted 02-15-2018 11:55 PM

Kerosene works really well to clean oil and grease off things and doesn’t cause rusting.

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#13 posted 02-16-2018 12:16 AM

On my router bearings, I use graphite powder (speedo cable lube) no grease to get clogged with sawdust, not sure about cleaning Charles Neil always recommends Krud kutter cleaner for lots of things including burn on drum sander belts, paint guns. I’ve had good luck with it too.

https://www.amazon.com/Krud-Kutter-KK012-Concentrated-Degreaser/dp/B005FMZ40Y

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#14 posted 02-16-2018 12:33 AM

I like using gasoline to clean old gunk off. It also cleans oil and transmission fluid off my garage floor very well took almost every stain from the previous owner off of the garage floor.

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#15 posted 02-16-2018 02:16 AM

I like PB blaster as an initial clean and degrease…it penetrates old hard grease pretty fast. It will run right down into the thread and start to work immediately. It also helps to loosen up any rust that may be present too. Usually, in pretty quick order it will at least get the thing freed up and spinning easier so you can go to some sort of solvent to finish cleaning it up.
Molybdenum disulfide grease {anti seize} is probably about the best hi-pressure grease out there.

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