Grease of Carbon Fiber Tripods
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AMaji
Registered: Apr 19, 2012
Total Posts: 2482
Country: United States

Hi,
I would like to get some recommendations on what brand/type of grease to use at the joints of a carbon fiber tripod.

Thank you for your time.



TheBearman
Registered: Aug 06, 2012
Total Posts: 103
Country: United States

White lithium grease



AMaji
Registered: Apr 19, 2012
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Country: United States

Thanks.



harrygilbert
Registered: Jan 10, 2006
Total Posts: 745
Country: United States

Since any type of grease attracts dust and dirt, and gets gummy, I use a spray-on white Teflon spray.

http://www2.dupont.com/Teflon_Industrial/en_US/products/product_by_type/coatings/index.html

http://www.promtechaerosol.com/PTFE%20coating%20spray.html



peter_n
Registered: Nov 29, 2010
Total Posts: 869
Country: United States

I also use a viscous white lithium grease that I got from the car store Auto Zone.



sparrks
Registered: Jul 06, 2003
Total Posts: 235
Country: United Kingdom

I use silicone grease - is that good or bad?



Carson Wilcox
Registered: Oct 07, 2007
Total Posts: 180
Country: United States

+1 for the Teflon spray, to be honest I've never found a reason to use a lube on any of my CF tripods, but the Teflon spray is great, it is a dry lube and will not gum up and doesn't attract any dust or dirt,



JimboCin
Registered: Aug 21, 2005
Total Posts: 1147
Country: United States

Gitzo sells grease in a tube for this purpose - see THIS. That is what Gitzo uses at their factory.

One posting noted that using greases other than the Gitzo can result in the tripod locking up for good if exposed to salt water. Yes it is very expensive for what you get, so don't bother with stating the obvious.

Really Right Stuff recommends the use of Phil Wood Tenacious Oil. It is sold by bike stores.

The RRS tutorial on tripod maintenance can be found HERE.



dcains
Registered: Oct 09, 2005
Total Posts: 7398
Country: United States

I've been using silicone dielectric grease for years, with no issues on 6 or 7 Gitzo's. It's cheap and readily available in any auto parts store, in single-use foil packets or tubes like toothpaste. I have actually tried the Tenacious Oil, but I'm in south Florida, and it runs in very hot weather (and I applied it very sparingly).



AMaji
Registered: Apr 19, 2012
Total Posts: 2482
Country: United States

I can understand the problem with grease and sand/dust. I was in Arizona earlier this month and after a couple of days the joints started to make a horrible screeching noise and it was so difficult to tighten it. Came back home and opened and cleaned the joints. Hence looking for grease. If something else works, then I want to go with it.

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.



sparrks
Registered: Jul 06, 2003
Total Posts: 235
Country: United Kingdom

I smear silicone grease on the alloy leg (internal & external) parts of my CF tripods that I use in the sea. I also pack the twist locks full of grease, working on the assumption that if it's full of grease they can't be full of salt water. I also strip the pods down after two or three times of use.