- Jun 1, 2004Hey!
In my opinion one can't spray a 3x3x3 cube too much. But remember to
use only high quality silicon spray. Personally i have good
experience with Chesterton silicon spray, but i guess most brands
work very well. There has been suggested and used many other
lubricants for the cube. Some i think u should not use are : oilbased
sprays like WD40. The cube will be smooth initially. But after a
while the cube goes real stiff :-( I have seen here in this group
that some use olive oil. I don't recommend it. Any oil can
potentially break down the plastic mould that makes up the cubicles.
But if the cube is looked upon as a pure commodity then some might
not care the cube will not last long ;-) Any excess lubricant can be
wiped off easily with a dry cloth. To remove oilbased lubricants can
be a pain. Silicone spray is washed off easily using lukewarm water.
When it comes to 4x4x4 cubes, taking them apart for lubing/spraying
is a bit more involved. The eastsheens are probably best disassembled
like this :
Put the cube firmly on a flat surface. Remove the four centercaps of
the top layer with a pointed knife. They come off quite easily if u
do it correct. Try a few different points/angles until it works. When
this is done it's time to unscrew the top "center lock" slightly. It
can be taken off if so desired. Now u can spray inside the cube. Do
not remove more pieces or lift the cube. If the cube "falls apart" in
ur hands it's a pain to assemble it properly :-(. After spraying put
back the "centre lock". Tighten the screw again. Put on the center
caps. If necessary repeat for more faces.
Other 4x4x4 cubes u can remove one or more edgepairs (1 at a time!!)
and then spray into the cube. The rubiks.com cube is actually quite
strong. The facecenters have a much stronger foot than the old 4x4x4
like Master/Revenge. But best way to remove an edge is to turn a
layer so that an edge is right above another edge. Then use a knife
to pop the edge out.
After spraying the cube turn all layers around several times to make
sure the spray spreads "everywhere" inside. When this is done leave
the cube for couple of hours to let the silicone dry inside.
Hmm .. maybe someone should make lubing videos of the various
cubes ?? ;-)
> --- In email@example.com, stradivariuscuber<no_reply@y...> wrote:
> I have two questions about the looseness/tightness of a cube.
> I just got a 3x3x3 that is extremely loose. It pops on the F2L
> every time. The spring can stretch up to 1.5 mm. I am wondering
> if there is a way to tighten it so I don't have to return it.
> Also, can 4x4x4's be lubed? I know they pop easily, but would you
> recommend it?
> Thanks for your help
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