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bellows lubricant? 16 Jun 2009 18:05 #1

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Examining my bellows they appear to be relatively new...what can i spray on them to keep them in new condition because i heard they are a bitch to replace? Is there some silicon spray or rubber spray that can be used for longevity and to prevent tearing and cracking or is fresh water rinse enough?
The water is so warm here that things grow and corrode REALLY fast.

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boomer;310506 wrote: Examining my bellows they appear to be relatively new...what can i spray on them to keep them in new condition because i heard they are a bitch to replace? Is there some silicon spray or rubber spray that can be used for longevity and to prevent tearing and cracking or is fresh water rinse enough?
The water is so warm here that things grow and corrode REALLY fast.


Then only thing to do is just keep your drive in the down postion, to prolong the life on them. in my history of adding a preserver to rubber you will alway have to do it. But temp and UV sun light are another story. If you keep it in the water, then just do some cleaning once and awhile on them. But chems on rubber are a upkeep vs doing nothing and storing the drive in the down postion.

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bellows lubricant? 16 Jun 2009 21:44 #3

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i HAVE to pull the boat every 2 weeks to keep it from getting permanent growth on EVERYTHING.
im not necessarily talking about electrolysis (and i am replacing the grounding continuity kit already), im talking about the hull also and i dont want to put ablative on it yet because it looks so damn good right now.
im talking about clams, oysters, those little things that look like a baby mount everest and GRASS which grows about an inch a week here.

So i think this is kinda an extreme condition. so if you were the manufacturer what would you recommend in this acute situation. Marine grease? Because if nobody can answer this then thats the plan.

Does anyone know if Corrossion-X ($20 for the 16 oz) wil eat that rubber? Maybe i should buy a new bellow and spray some of that on it just to test...:arr

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bellows lubricant? 16 Jun 2009 22:37 #4

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boomer;310592 wrote: i HAVE to pull the boat every 2 weeks to keep it from getting permanent growth on EVERYTHING.
im not necessarily talking about electrolysis (and i am replacing the grounding continuity kit already), im talking about the hull also and i dont want to put ablative on it yet because it looks so damn good right now.
im talking about clams, oysters, those little things that look like a baby mount everest and GRASS which grows about an inch a week here.

So i think this is kinda an extreme condition. so if you were the manufacturer what would you recommend in this acute situation. Marine grease? Because if nobody can answer this then thats the plan.

Does anyone know if Corrossion-X ($20 for the 16 oz) wil eat that rubber? Maybe i should buy a new bellow and spray some of that on it just to test...:arr


I got you! saltwater and the area that you are in, with warmer waters now = lots of life growth. You could try the corrossion-x, copper is your best friend when it comes to life in the saltwater. I own a saltwater tank, and I'm always cleaning off growth. So I feel your pain. hmmmmmm not sure man!:arr

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bellows lubricant? 17 Jun 2009 00:39 #5

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JWebber;310613 wrote: I got you! saltwater and the area that you are in, with warmer waters now = lots of life growth. You could try the corrossion-x, copper is your best friend when it comes to life in the saltwater. I own a saltwater tank, and I'm always cleaning off growth. So I feel your pain. hmmmmmm not sure man!:arr


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bellows lubricant? 17 Jun 2009 01:18 #6

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Be careful what you put on rubber. Some silicone products are safe but petroleum based products, like vaseline, will eat it. I suggest you ask at a marine store.

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bellows lubricant? 17 Jun 2009 06:21 #7

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Neverhome;310687 wrote: ...petroleum based products, like vaseline, will eat it.
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I second that. If in doubt, best to just keep it dry and clean.

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Anyone else???
So what im seeing is that NOBODY does this you all just rinse with fresh water and keep the drive down??? Isn't there a mechanics silver bullet to this? Some holy grail of rubber lubricant and protectant that while possibly expensive...prevents the cluster**** of replacing the bellows?

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boomer;311212 wrote: Anyone else???
...Some holy grail of rubber lubricant and protectant that while possibly expensive...prevents the cluster**** of replacing the bellows?


On that note I have a question: Can you get silicone bellows? Would last much longer than rubber.

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Wrap a towel around it when not in use. The most effective way to prolong the life of the bellows is to keep UV light away from it. Applying a lubricant to it will only keep the water away.

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bellows lubricant? 17 Jun 2009 22:12 #11

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Never have heard of anything...if you invent something that will prolong their life, you will become a rich man! :D

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bellows lubricant? 17 Jun 2009 23:16 #12

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wildman;311220 wrote: On that note I have a question: Can you get silicone bellows? Would last much longer than rubber.


this is a good thought!

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bellows lubricant? 18 Jun 2009 00:18 #13

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Boomer,

My boat is seven years old. I keep it wet slipped in brackish water from May to August. I just had the bellows checked by the marina when it was winterized last fall and they are fine. Don't worry. Just check them at the end of or start of every season and replace them if they appear to be cracked.

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bellows lubricant? 18 Jun 2009 00:34 #14

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Neverhome;311280 wrote: Boomer,

My boat is seven years old. I keep it wet slipped in brackish water from May to August. I just had the bellows checked by the marina when it was winterized last fall and they are fine. Don't worry. Just check them at the end of or start of every season and replace them if they appear to be cracked.

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Maybe your not seeing this from my angle...
The boat is not kept in brackish water...its kept in the most "alive" water anywhere in the continental US. The whole thing is that everything corrodes here....if you dont shower twice a day AT LEAST your face will oxidize.

I know the old 1/4 turn till tight mantra normally holds true for everything, including maintenance but i really need a plan B here. If its gonna be fresh water wash every 2 weeks than thats it...i was just hoping somebody other than me had been down the high road before...i guess not.
I will stay away from petroleum based stuff and add the silcione bellows unicorn to my list of impossible things like borrowing a prop to test...
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