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    When to Oil or grease Gaskets?



    Just a general question really, aimed at the newer trained Guys as much as us old timers.
    I have a colleague who insists on greasing gaskets wherever he can.
    I tend to use Silicone Grease nowadays, but don't use it all the time.

    What's everyone take on this?
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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    I use silicone grease for o-rings, leak-lock on gaskets and fittings for gas tight sealing, copper grease on high temperature gaskets or a molybdenum grease.
    I love the smell of Ammonia in the morning!

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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    I would use grease on most gaskets for a few reasons.
    One to hold in position & two to keep suple for easy removal next time like on a compressor.
    If not greased expect to have to chisel off due to being baked on, like a head gasket.
    Most OEM would say oil gasket.
    Others may say it is contamination.
    Years ago graphite grease was or can be used & gaskets were reused.
    Some gaskets are graphite impregnated like Danfoss, which can be reused if not torn
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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

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    Copper grease where required and then I use the oil from the system.
    If a gasket is proving awkward to hold in place until it is closed up I
    do use a bit of silicone grease, but rarely.

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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    So copper grease on ammonia, is it like anti-seize or something like that?
    Whatever the case use it sparingly.
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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    I use the compressor oil or nylog.

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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    Hi Guys!
    Copper Grease on Ammonia.
    I know from doing vehicle Maintenance the Copper grease is excellent on High temp stuff and its anti seize properties are used Where Brake calipers are concerned.
    But I thought Copper gets eaten by Ammonia?
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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

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    No not on Ammonia

    I mostly use the comp oil, that is what fingers are for,
    now how do you spell dermatitis...............

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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    Hi,

    generally compressor oil ...

    grease in small amount only if need to keep gasket in place during re-installation ...



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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    I always used compressor oil on the gaskets.
    Anti-seize on flanges or something like Vilter head gaskets. Definitely go with Nickel base anti-seize on NH3.
    I did have an oil analysis done on a Frick screw. Came up with Nickel. The only explanation we could come up with was anti-seize on the gaskets.

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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    Hi Grizzly
    I have always used grease on gaskets for the reasons Ranger stated.
    Years ago it was graphite grease but now would use moly grease but always sparingly.
    I put the grease on the gasket not the machine surface. I have seen people paint it on with a brush and it gets in the bolt holes, eventually the holes fill with grease and instead of pulling down on the gasket the bolt pulls up on the grease when torqued, result leaking joint.
    I have used silicone grease on O rings only.
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    Re: When to Oil or grease Gaskets?

    Compressor oil, or nylog, but have used hylomar blue on a difficult to seal receiver gasket before.
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