Permatex Chain Lube
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld
It was almost exactly one year ago
today, I discovered, that I wrote the review on
DuPont's Teflon Chain Lube.
I found it while waiting in the checkout
aisle at my local Lowe's hardware store and it seemed
cheap enough at $4.95 for an 8 oz. spray can (or $6.95
for an 11 oz. can).
And here we are one year later and I've
been using it ever since. I have no idea if my
Bandit's chain will last any longer when it's bathed in
the stuff, but I just like the way it goes on and sort
of disappears, leaving a dry slippery film.
The only downside is that it does seem
to take more volume of spray to cover the chain than
some other spray chain lubes I've used.
Nevertheless, since we're always on the
lookout for something better, cheaper and newer, I had
to grab this can of Permatex Chain Lube when I saw it at
a local auto parts store. It was only $3.99 for
the 5 oz. can, so it seemed like a deal -- if it worked.
Well, there's not much to report at this
point. I've used it for my last three chain lubes
and I don't think I'll be buying it again.
It seems very watery -- it just sort of
runs all over the chain and drips off and I'm pretty
sure that none of it stays on the chain once the
sprockets get to spinning around.
It needs some kind of thickener or
sticky ingredient to keep it on the chain, I'm guessing.
When it's first sprayed on the chain, it foams up and
looks like many other motorcycle chain lubes, but as the
foam dissipates, what's left simply drips off the chain.
I have a great respect for Permatex
products, which have been around forever. I
distinctly remember the smell of Permatex gasket sealer
when I was a kid, watching my uncle repair his
Oldsmobile drag racer.
We're also frequent users of the
Permatex Battery Cleaner and Battery Protection and
Sealer spray products. Use them about once
every six months on your bike's battery to keep the
corrosion fuzzies at bay.
The product literature for Permatex
Chain Lube claims that it "extends life and protects all
types of roller chains, gears and cables that operate
under exposed conditions." It also states that the
product "repels dirt, sand, dust" and has "minimal
'throw – off'".
I'm not sure about repelling dirt, sand
and dust, but I guess if the stuff doesn't stay on the
chain, then there's nothing there for the dust to stick
to! Permatex does say that the product is "Ideal
for any chain-driven tool or vehicle such as
motorcycles, mopeds..." but it doesn't specifically
mention motorcycle O-ring chains, although I'm not sure
if that should make a difference.
In any case, I think I'll stick to my
favorite DuPont Teflon Chain Lube for now -- and the
search will continue, you can count on that!
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Review: Permatex Chain Lube
Retail Price: $3.99 for 5 oz. can
Comments: Seems too watery to stick to motorcycle chains.