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Old 07-13-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Rubber Filter Ring and Vaseline?


You know that rubber ring that goes around the top of most canister filters? The one that makes the seal when the lid is in place?

You know how it's supposed to be kept "wet" as in, not allowed to dry out?

I remember hearing, a long time ago, that a dry one could be coated with vaseline to get it sealing again. Is that true? Is it safe?

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Old 07-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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You can use Vaseline though it is petroleum based and could be hard on the seal (though modern polymers are pretty resilient), a better choice would be to get a food grade silicone grease.
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Thanks lipadj46!
Where does one get food grade silicone grease?
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:07 PM   #5
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Edible lube.... We used to crack all sorts of jokes about the stuff when I worked in a kitchen...
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You can also use plumbers grease, it's about the same thing but available at a big box store in the plumbing section.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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Super lube and lube tube are two silicone lubes that I see in hardware stores and auto parts stores. You can also find silicone lube where paintball products are sold. There's also silicone fishing reel lube. Abu Garcia makes a cheap one called silicote.
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I have used vaseline and it works fine, simply because that is what I had on hand. I also understand it is not so good for the rubber, but the rubber does not last forever no matter what you do. I have gotten several years service out of most of the O rings and gaskets, and the fittings go together so much easier when they are lubed.

Try this also when you assemble tubing over barbed fittings. I find the Filstar products difficult to assemble, and impossible to take apart unless I use a few drops of vegetable oil.
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Thank you all so much!
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I have always been recommend to use, and do use synthetic grease. Has never failed me yet, plus it's a bit less messy. People say that petroleum based products eat the rubber over time but I know people who use petroleum jelly or vaseline (basically the same thing) and have been doing this 5x as long as me with no issues either. Everyone seems to have an opinion, I just use what works.
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Crisco!!!!
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