Lubricating my ring

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  1. Soaringman

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    I have just received a new lip seal for my thetford cassette, should I lubricate it?
    I have some silicone spray is this recommended?
    Coops
     
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    Yes get your finger in there with some vaseline......... :Doh: works a treat.
     
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    Silicone or Vaseline?
     
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    Joking aside I have always used vaseline for most things. I use it once a year on all door seals, bonnet seals etc as here in Spain the sun hardens rubber so quickly. When we lived in the UK I used it on door seals and never had frozen doors no matter how cold it was ( off topic ).

    Vaseline rules.
     
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    A lot of posts on here suggest olive oil although we have the Thetford Spray as it's useful for awning rails & other applications too.
     
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    I nearly choked then :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Take your tube of KY jelly out of your bedside drawer and use that :thumb:
     
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    olive oil :thumb:

    Keeps the rubber supple....vasaline etc will just lubricate and it will still turn brittle eventually.
     
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    'Thetford strongly urges users never
    to lubricate the lip seal with oil, grease,
    or Vaseline. Either smear on olive oil or
    buy a can of Thetford Maintenance
    Spray for Toilet Seals'

    C & P from tinternet.:thumb:
     
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    DON'T USE VASELINE, or any other petroleum product! They will rot the new seal! A bit of olive or corn oil wiped around the seal is fine. :thumb:
     
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    Surely seals are naturally waterproof and don't go hard until they're dead? :Blush:
     
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    It helps the slide, mate. And, if you leave them closed and dry for a few weeks, they can stick shut.
     
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    olive oil for everything,,,including cooking,,,,,:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Just given my cassette a makeover. Dribbling from the blade opener knob when you tipped it up. Only needed a 50p seal but Thetford want to sell you a £10 assembly. Suitably goaded by the thought of saving money, I stripped the whole cassette, blade, opening mech, auto vent and float switch. Most internal items were encrusted in a brown, calcium type deposit ! Once this was removed, o rings and seals were given a light coat of Rocol Aqua Sil silicone grease (just happened to have a tin handy) then rebuilt the unit. Hey voila, no more leaks. Mind I do know better ways to spend an afternoon :BigGrin:
    By the way, regarding olive oil, if that seal is brand new and never ever been used before, do the decent thing and use Extra Virgin :Laughing:
     
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    Which 50p seal was it that you replaced? I thought there was only one seal:Sad:
    My cassette is leaking when I tip it up to carry it.
     
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    Try the small seal on the spring loaded push button air release. That's the most common one to fail.
     
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