How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

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How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by mickael57280 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:14 am

Hi, I would know how many years do you think a slide lub bottle can be put on a shelf and stay good, usable?

Because slide lub is very cheap on some websites but shipping cost is a problem if a order just one or two bottles.

If I order 5 it's much better.

Thank you
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by BGuttman » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:43 am

Depends.

I have a 15 year old tube of Trombotine that is as good as new.

Some lubes tend to separate and you need to "reconstitute". Sometimes by shaking and sometimes it needs something more.

I've heard tales of Slide-O-Mix going bad if stored hot.

Hope this helps.
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by Geordie » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:25 am

In my experience slide o mix goes off if exposed to high temperatures for a few hours, but otherwise lasts a year or two. I prefer yammie snot, it seems quite resilient.
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by mickael57280 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:10 am

I usually use Yamaha purple bottle but the price get higher and higher, would like to try ultra pure, someone have tried the two?
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by BGuttman » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:26 am

I use UltraPure. I use it as a "refresher" on Trombotine (or cold cream) but it works great by itself as well.

I have had no problems with it going "bad", but I haven't had it for that long either.
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by jpwell » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:17 pm

I have Yamaha cold cream type lube that was new in 1975 still works great.
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by Posaunus » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:45 pm

I've had both Slide-O-Mix and Yamaha Slide Lube "go bad" (they get runny, and lose their viscosity and lubricity) when exposed to high temperatures (like leaving them in the car in warm weather).

I'm now leaving new bottles in the refrigerator, and dispensing small amounts into even smaller bottles for "field use." Not sure whether this helps, but I hope so! :idk:
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by greenbean » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:02 pm

Well, my 1970's tub of Burt Herrick slide cream is still going strong...
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by BGuttman » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:27 pm

greenbean wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:02 pm
Well, my 1970's tub of Burt Herrick slide cream is still going strong...
It had better. How would you replace it if you finished it? ;)
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Re: How many years a slide lub bottle stay good?

Post by BillO » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:21 pm

The Yamaha SLO2 (in the 'purple' label bottle) will clot over time if not shaken regularly. Then what comes out of the bottle when you try to apply is nothing, or very thin and pretty useless. It's great stuff when fresh, but I would not buy 5 bottles of it (again).

Ultrapure seems more reasonable for bulk buing, but not as good in practical use.

Trombotine lasts a long time, but if you were to buy 5 tubes you'd be old and decrepit before using half of it. A little goes a long way - and its's great stuff if you want to spend the time to apply it. The newer your horn, the less you need to use.
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