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#564573 - 09/23/14 7:57 am Putoline Chain Wax, or something like it  
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Originally Posted By: dave jones
... use Putoline chain wax with graphite that you heat on a stove and drop the chain into. This is usually used on Motocross bikes. ... This is what I do and the chain has lasted for many thousands of miles and I haven't had to adjust it much. dave


Putoline Chain Wax in a tin (that is, not spray) is not available for purchase in the US. (I could order it on line, c. $43 plus shipping from a UK eBay seller).
http://www.eBay.com/itm/261503423586?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

http://www.putoline.com/en/products/cata...ucts/chain-wax/

What would anyone suggest for a home-brew substitute for Putoline Chain Wax? Graphite powder, plus ... canning wax ... or ... ?

Again, not looking for a spray.

Or does anyone know of a similar product sold in the US?

Last edited by kurt fischer; 09/23/14 5:57 pm.

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#564640 - 09/23/14 5:15 pm Re: Putoline Chain Wax, or something like it [Re: kurt fischer]  
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There is spray on chain wax
http://www.bikebandit.com/manuals-tools/motorcycle-tools/motorcycle-chemicals/maxima-chain-wax
I've used it on several dirt bikes works well

#564647 - 09/23/14 5:41 pm Re: Putoline Chain Wax, or something like it [Re: Pete Suchawreck]  
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Thanks, Pete, I have the spray-on Maxima Chain Wax, and use it, sometimes I use Klotz racing synthetic spray-on.

I have a spare chain that I want to keep ready to go for my two Triumph 650s. After washing in solvent, I want to soak/cook the chains as they come off the bike, and install the previously cleaned chain. So I'm looking for a soak formula. Back in the olden days, I'd heat up a pan of gear oil, throw in some wheel bearing grease, then the chain. Result, a sticky chain that flings lube and attracts grit.

The Putoline tin looked like an easy way out; the UK seller made a quick guess that shipping could be 20 GBP. I'll go for a DIY approach instead.

(BTW, I've read recent threads on the topic, and via Google search found britbike forum threads from 2008 with recommendations for Wurth spray, the Putoline tin, and, that's right, Scott chain oiler.)

Last edited by kurt fischer; 09/23/14 5:44 pm.

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#564808 - 09/24/14 7:15 pm Re: Putoline Chain Wax, or something like it [Re: kurt fischer]  
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Read the msds', The main ingredient in chain 'dipping' wax is parraffin wax and/or mixed with some Microcrystalline Wax , they use words like Aliphatic hydocarbon or some such , which is fancy talk for both solvent and de-oiled wax ,

Wax is available at most local super markets , the micro-stuff has a higher melt and is more elastic .it's available on fleabay for about 6 bucks a lb.
Tests on bicycle chains show additives like moly powder , teflon and or graphite only add 2~3% , the wax is doing the heavy work.
... then supplement with spray are needed



#564810 - 09/24/14 7:26 pm Re: Putoline Chain Wax, or something like it [Re: quinten]  
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Thank you, quinten. Canning wax -- interesting! I read on some bicycle forums about using canning wax, no additives.


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