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    I need some help with building wheels. What is everybody using for spoke prep? I want to add some color so no brass nipples.
    There are few choices like linseed oil, Wheelsmith prep, anti-seize,etc.
    Spoke tension will be almost even throughout due to 135/170 hubs, I think I can use anti-seize (tacky graphite/copper based) or waterproof PFTF grease(tacky) but....
    Let's what everybody is using.

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    Re: building wheels- help

    Linseed oil is pretty cool. It's a wonderfully inexpensive alternative spoke prep.

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    I use Wheelsmith Spoke Prep. Stuff works great but it's pricey as hell.
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    Phil's Tenacious Oil works for me.
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    I used linseed oil a couple times, what a mess.... like Munson, I now just use a bit of motor oil....it helps the build, cleans up well, and dissipates without leaving a mess

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    Tri-flow is what I always use.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by JAGI410 View Post
    Phil's Tenacious Oil works for me.

    i've been using Phil's for years, no probs! great stuff!

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    I use Wheelsmith SpokePrep. Expensive, but will last awhile. I use Tri-Flow to lubricate the nipple/rim interface.

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    i'd thoroughly recommend loctite 248 (blue/stick) lubes well until it sets. then it seals the thread of the alu nip. i use triflow on the rim/nipple interface, mostly cos it smells ace.
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    I use Linseed oil. It doesn't make a mess for me. I don't put much on each spoke maybe that's why?
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    i just got some refined linseed for 3 bucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2gtinut View Post
    i just got some refined linseed for 3 bucks
    The first set of wheels I built, I was so engrossed with getting the right spoke length I forgot about spoke prep.
    So a trip to the hardware store for linseed oil and I've built 10 - 12 sets of wheels now with it.... the 1L container still looks brand new, there's probably enough there to build a squillion sets of wheels.
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    building wheels- help

    Tri flow for me too, I put a drop or 2 on each spoke thread, then once all nips are snug I put a drop at each eyelet before the real tensioning starts.

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    Pearl art supplies has it ..like I posted earlier less than $4 with tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2gtinut View Post
    i just got some refined linseed for 3 bucks
    I've been waiting to ask this question for a long time. Can I use boiled linseed oil for wheel building? Only boiled oil will harden into a floor finish and I do have a big floor to finish. And I do have a reason to prefer oil over synthetics.

    I could kill two birds with one can of linseed oil if it was big enough. It is hard to find pure boiled linseed oil now. Everyone wants to sell "hybrid oil" or some such that has polyurethane in it but I'll bet I can find pure boiled linseed oil if I look hard enough.

    What say ya'll?

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    Boiled is what I have.
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    Pint or quart size cans of boiled linseed oil is normally carried at any good hardware store. I have a 1 pint can that I use on wooden tool handles. You would need gallons to finish a floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeG View Post
    Pint or quart size cans of boiled linseed oil is normally carried at any good hardware store. I have a 1 pint can that I use on wooden tool handles. You would need gallons to finish a floor.
    I've refinished hardwood floors with exotic oils that are much more expensive than boiled linseed.

    But back to the topic at hand, this is going to be for Clown Shoe Rims with Hope 135/170mm hubs.

    Thanks for all for the info.

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