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Old 19-04-2021, 07:28   #1
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What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

What solvents and greases do you use for regular cleaning and lubrication of winches and windlasses?
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

Mineral spirits to clean and Lewmar winch grease to lubricate. A little winch grease goes a long way but regular maintenance is the key.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

Plus one for Orion Jim, that is exactly what I use.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

Harken or synthetic grease on the gears. I use a couple drops of synthetic motor oil on the pawls. I recall (to the best of my knowledge) this method was in practical sailor
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

I use mineral spirits or diesel for the clean, any any synthetic waterproof grease I can get my hands on.

Also a drop of motor oil on the panels.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

Winches:
Wash with aerosol degreaser, clean with dry terry cloth (strips of old T shirts)
Grease with water-resistant “marine” grease.

My windlass requires no grease, I keep it filled it to the middle of the sight glass with EP90 gear oil. (Lofrans Tigres).
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

CassidyNZ is making the distinction: While winches will be greased, windlasses often have gears running in, as you might expect, gear oil. It's usually 90 weight, as he uses.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

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Mineral spirits to clean and Lewmar winch grease to lubricate. A little winch grease goes a long way but regular maintenance is the key.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

Diesel to clean, white lithium grease to lubricate
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Diesel to clean, white lithium grease to lubricate
For winches that is.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

My Lewmar winch has mostly plactic parts inside, and I was warned about using mineral spirits on plastic. I do soak the metal parts in that, but use soapy water to clean the plastic parts.
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My Lewmar winch has mostly plactic parts inside, and I was warned about using mineral spirits on plastic. I do soak the metal parts in that, but use soapy water to clean the plastic parts.


And then coat them with a petroleum based grease?

Mineral spirits are harmless to the types of plastics used as bearing cages.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

I use lacquer thinner to clean winches. Someone once told me its the best and I've used it since then. I think it works better than mineral spirits (probably more toxic too). I use Lewmar winch grease, plus Lewmar oil on the pawls. WRT cleaning, I usually go through a big box of Q-Tips also to clean between gear teeth.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

De odorized mineral spirits and good parts cleaner.
Lewmar winch grease on the gears and drum rings only!
Light oil on pawls.
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Re: What solvent and grease do you use for winches/windlass?

Diesel to clean and Super Lube Synthetic grease for gears and Super Lube Synthetic oil for paws.
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