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10926Re: looseness/tightness

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  • Eivind Fonn
    Jun 3, 2004
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      Hey Per,

      Where do you get that Chesterton stuff? I figure if you can get it,
      so can I. Personally I use CRC Silicone Spray which I get at
      Statoil, but if you have a better option I'm happy to switch.

      --- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com, "Per Kristen
      Fredlund" <aspiring_to_love@y...> wrote:
      > Hey!
      > In my opinion one can't spray a 3x3x3 cube too much. But remember
      > 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 :
      > 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
      > 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
      > wiped off easily with a dry cloth. To remove oilbased lubricants
      > be a pain. Silicone spray is washed off easily using lukewarm
      > When it comes to 4x4x4 cubes, taking them apart for
      > is a bit more involved. The eastsheens are probably best
      > like this :
      > Put the cube firmly on a flat surface. Remove the four centercaps
      > the top layer with a pointed knife. They come off quite easily if
      > do it correct. Try a few different points/angles until it works.
      > this is done it's time to unscrew the top "center lock" slightly.
      > can be taken off if so desired. Now u can spray inside the cube.
      > not remove more pieces or lift the cube. If the cube "falls apart"
      > ur hands it's a pain to assemble it properly :-(. After spraying
      > 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
      > and then spray into the cube. The rubiks.com cube is actually
      > strong. The facecenters have a much stronger foot than the old
      > 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
      > to pop the edge out.
      > After spraying the cube turn all layers around several times to
      > sure the spray spreads "everywhere" inside. When this is done
      > the cube for couple of hours to let the silicone dry inside.
      > Hmm .. maybe someone should make lubing videos of the various
      > cubes ?? ;-)
      > -Per K
      > > --- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.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
      > > 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
      > > recommend it?
      > >
      > > Thanks for your help
      > > Austin
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