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Old 02-07-2008, 03:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've been using some synthetic airtool oil I got from the local Lordco store. It hasn't melted any Orings yet. But seal conditioners are typically seal swelling agents and are best avoided for our needs.
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've had the same bottle of Hoppes #9 for about 7-8 years now, and it hasn't caused me any headaches yet. Works great to seal leaky 3-ways.

Air tool works good too, but I find it a little thin for my liking.

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No problem from Hoppes for me, either. Tippman suggests it, so that's what my A5 got.

Marvel air tool oil has been working for me, too, but I haven't used it much, so no idea about the long term.
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Do you have a cycling shop nearby? Tri-flow is a good option. Not the cheapest, but for the quantity paintballers use, it should last quite some time.

Not a good option it has solids and solids like to build up where they do not belong. solids in oils also freeze and cause a lot of funky issues that come and go. If you are going to get something a the bike shop grab a bottle of Pedros Road Rage,it is good high quality syn oil that does not freeze. ( also has great wicking ability) One bottle should last a couple of years remember it only take a few drops.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:24 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I've used Marvel Air Tool oil for years without a problem.

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I've been using marvel air tool oil for the past year without any problems.
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Automatic Transmission Fluid, been using it since 1998. I think the original price on that 500ml bottle was $1.79
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Automatic Transmission Fluid, been using it since 1998. I think the original price on that 500ml bottle was $1.79
I've been using the same bottle of ATF since 1992! The field I worked at back then, at the time, used to bottle ATF into 10 small bottles, and sell each one for $5. Some fields use a 50/50 mix of ATF and airtool oil.

ATF does have conditioner in it though. I've used it on all my blowbacks for many years, but I would not use it on something very expensive. (see story below)

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My old 1968 Ford leaked brake fluid. One day I lost my brakes in the middle of nowhere, and had to used ATF fluid in order to get home. It worked, but when I went to drain out the ATF, I found that all my seals in the brake system had SWELLED TWICE THERE SIZE! So clearly certainly materials are effected badly.

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HP, that's because brake system seals are not the same rubber as in a transmission.
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Shock oil and transmission oil/ fluids are made to swell seals so that they do not leak.
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