Silicone grease? Sources?

Silicone grease? Sources?

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    Silicone grease? Sources?

    I'd like to get a tube of silicone grease for use in lubing and protecting threads and stuff on things (flashlights, etc.)

    I have no idea where to get it, though, or even what the tube looks like.

    I've asked in several hardware stores, walmart, home depot. None of them has had what I expected to find -- so maybe I'm expecting the wrong thing?

    What does a tube (or container) of silicone grease look like, and where should I find it?

    (I considered lithium grease, but something about lithium and exposing my skin to it has me uneasy.)


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    Check the electronics stores (Fry's, etc.). I work on electronics and use it. That's where I get mine.

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    i gotta tube that looks like an old fashioned toothpaste tube. its green, with alot of writing on it...

    great stuff!!

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    You can buy snap off disposable tubes cheaply at any good electronics store or online store . Its exactly the " white " grease used to bond a cpu to a heatsink . That being said Lithium grease is in no way toxic ( unless you eat a grease gun tube full ) and and a tube is enough for a lifetime supply of gun work lol .
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    Silicone dielectric grease/compound at any good auto parts or electronics store.
    The "white" compound for heat sink usage has aluminum oxide in it to aid heat transfer.
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    Good quality silicone or lithium grease can also be found at bicycle stores.
    I always had a tube of it back when I cycled.

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    N.M. correct again it does contain additaves , but its silicone based , and easily findable as well as cheap in " disposa packets " . Ill stand on lithium ( or better yet if you can find it a molly grease) is better and harmless to a user , but if someone is sincere in wanting " sil grease " its a cheap easy way to " get there from here " in gun lube quanitys .
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    Ace hardware has small containers of pure (clear) silicone grease. Best for use on O rings and the like. Just ask for it, it never seems to be easy to find!
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    Silicone vacuum grease works well for all uses you mentioned:

    http://vacuum-pumps.us/index.php?act...92&ItemID=1043
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    Try Radio shack - they have a conductive silicon grease that works great for flashlight threads and battery contacts. Keeps them from corroding.
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    Wait, whoa, hold it. Ya'll are talking about different chemicals.

    Heat sink compound (http://www.ellsworth.com/display/pro...?productid=329 for example) has metal oxide in it to aid in heat transfer. This is the stuff used between CPUs and heat sinks. This is NOT want you want to use to lubricate threads.

    Silicon grease: (http://www.altex.com/product_info.ph...products_id=92 this is what I use and where I buy it from) is a dielectric (insulator). Depending on where you're putting it (like flashlight threads), you may cause the light to not work.

    I suspect you'd be best with something like white lithium grease. The lithium won't be a problem unless you bathe in it.

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    Before you buy just read the container.
    It will always say PURE SILICONE.
    Don't buy anything else.
    I've seen it in tubes at the hardware store.
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