Howdy All, For a few years, I've used Blaster brand Dry Lube with Teflon on the luff boltrope to make easier work of hoisting the mainsail. Began using this instead of McLube Sailkote due to 2-3x price difference for basically the same thing.
Over the last last year since Blaster changed the can design, i've observed no white residue, i.e. teflon powder, once the solvent evaporates. I've been to several stores to test other cans, lots, etc. but all appear to show same result, no residue.
Does anyone else who uses Blaster's Dry Lube made the same observations?
I've contacted Blaster but haven't received clear explanation for the change. They've offered to send replacement can; waiting for this to arrive. Hope this is a temporary manufacturing issue, otherwise I'm back to buying McLube Sailkote at their premium price.
Other suggestions for sail-safe lubricants?
Fair winds to all.
I use "super lube". It's available at Lowes and amazon and much cheaper than Sailkote. I remember reading a post somewhere and the author had gotten the material data sheets for both and they are basically the same.
thank for the suggestion. after some research, I found "super lube" is just the brand name; they offer a variety of other products.
I think you mean this product instead, which is just teflon powder and low boiling solvent. https://www.super-lube.com/dri-film-lubricant-with-syncolon-ptfe.
I thought i'd additionally share another lubricant i've have good success with for other applications. Boeshild T9. https://boeshield.com/why-boeshield-2/
Unlike WD40 and other penetrating oils, it contains a waxy component that remains after the lighter components have evaporated or washed away. can be relatively expensive but doesn't require repeated application.
McLube Sailkote is actually a teflon-based release film for use in tooling making composite parts, hence the price tag.
It sounds like others have developed a similar solution for less money; I was never a fan of the teflon flying out of the Blaster Dry-Lube can. Maybe the new stuff is better?
Pledge is another good solution, safe on fabrics, slippy, and inexpensive.