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No Foosball Rod Lubricant? Good & Bad Lubricant Alternatives

Foosball Lubricant Alternatives

I really need to lubricate my table right now, as we want to play. I have no Foosball Table Lubricant, is there anything else that I can use that I may have to hand?

We always recommend using 100% Silicon Foosball Gel, it is relatively inexpensive, and with next day delivery, you do not have to wait too long to get it.

Do not use WD40 spray, Olive Oil or any food based oils. People have had success with other lubricants that you can find is some hardware stores. Find out more!

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Foosball Lubricant- What Is It

If you are looking for a substitute for Foosball lube, then you need to know a little about what it is. It is almost always a 100% silicone solution. Silicon is essential as it keeps your rods clean, maintained and ensure that they glide over each other with no friction, providing a smooth game. This will extend the life of the bearings on the table and improve the performance and speed of the game.

Foosball Rod Lubricant Types

Silicon Lubricant Gel

Gel is the best thing for cleaning and lubricating your rods. There is more residue left on the rods so when they are slid in and out, the excess would go into the bearings, keeping those well lubricated as well.

Silicon Lubricant Spray

This works great at cleaning and lubricating the rods, but will not do a lot for lubricating the bearings. The spray sometimes has a way of getting onto the playing surface, making it very slippery.

Good Foosball  Rod Lubricant Alternatives

These can be used at your own risk – We recommend getting specialized Foosball Lubricating Gel, maybe order an extra bottle, so you always have some to spare. These are tips from other players from sites like Reddit & Quora.

You should really get some 100% silicone gel as soon as possible, then lubricate properly after using any of these alternative lubricant suggestions

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  • Furniture Polish–As a temporary fix. Will not oil the baring much.
  • White Lithium Grease–Used on Fabi table for 20 years with no problems or buildup.
  • Superlube–Started with silicone, then switched to Superlube, which is even better
  • Teflon Oil–Less damage than silicone lube, an oil containing Teflon
  • Graphite Rod Lubricant –Superior to silicon lube
  • Machine Oil–Circulating oil is engineered to lubricate and separate water from oils, when used on bearings, gears, metal surfaces and machine systems
  • Wax based MTB chain Lubricant–an advanced, wax-based bicycle chain lubricant that ensures total drivetrain cleanliness

Bad Foosball Lubricant Alternatives

  • Food-based Oils–e.g. Olive Oil – Provides temporary lubrication, but with it being exposed to the air it is eventually going to go off, becoming sticky and may smell. You are then going to clean it off the rods and bearings, the re-lubricate with something better.
  • WD40–This will only provide very short term lubrication, and over time it will dry out the bearings and bumpers. It will also allow the rods to wear out quicker.
  • Water-based Gels–If water-based gels get into any scratches or the metal is not correctly waterproofed; then these may rust on your table
  • Lubricants that have added smells or flavors–Using these may cause an odor to come off your table and are not designed for this purpose!

How And Why You Need To Apply Foosball Lubricant

You should apply a Lubricant to your rods after several hours of play, or a specific amount of time has passed. This period varies depending on humidity and temperature. As a general rule of thumb, lubricate once a week with heavy play. For non-heavy play, oil about once a month.

If the rods become harder to slide in and out, or the play becomes slow, then you probably need to lubricate your Foosball Table right away

Before Lubricating, Clean The Rods

You do not want and debris getting into the lubricant and increasing friction. This may slow or damage your table. Take a clean lint-free cloth soaked in alcohol and merely wipe down each of the rods, and allowing 2 minutes to dry off, before applying any lubricant. It may be worth wiping the rods with a clean, dry lint-free cloth.

If you have used one of the Foosball Lubricant Alternatives specified above previously, then clean the rods extra well

Lubricate With Silicone

As described above lubricate with a specialized foosball table Lubricant. Or one of the Foosball Rob Lubricant Alternatives.

Liquid Lubricants Are Better Than The Sprays

As mentioned earlier, Silicone lubricant for foosball table maintenance comes in either a spray or liquid form. Liquids are far superior as the lubricant gets into the bearings, and the rods are also better protected.

Spread Lubricant By Moving The Rods

Now that there is a good coating of lubricant on the rods, push the rods in and out to spread it around and to get some lubricant into the bearings. Any excess liquid should be wiped up before it can drip on to the table. It may be worth covering the playing area to stop anything dripping onto the playing surface.

YouTube Example Lubing Rods

Youtube Example Foosball Lubing Rods

  • INNOVATIVE DAUBER TOP allows for easy lubrication of foosball rods with no drip, no spray, and no mess.
  • 100% SILICONE ROD LUBRICANT formulated for use on most modern foosball tables. High viscosity, long lasting, advanced formula works great for both home and heavy duty commercial tables, without damaging the bearings and bumpers like oil based lubricants.
  • KEEPS TABLE TOP CLEAN. No need to use a rag or dirty your hands. The 2 oz. bottle comes capped with a precision dauber top that applies a thin, even layer of lubricant with no drip and no overspray, keeping the playing surface clean.
  • ENHANCES PLAY by reducing friction between the rod and the bearings, eliminating hesitation and increasing performance.
  • NON-TOXIC AND ODORLESS. Safe for the environment.100% Money-Back Guarantee. Made in the USA.
  • VALUED SILICON LUBE: Silicone oil is essential to keeping your foosball rods clean and maintained. Silicone based lube can also significantly help extend the life of the bearings on your foosball table and improve the speed and performance of your foosball game
  • APPLICATOR TIP: Applicator tip allows for easy silicone lubricants of foosball rods with no spray, and no mess. A little goes a long way. 1 fl oz foosball rod lubricant bottle should last 6-12 months base on frequency of use
  • UNIVERSAL APPLICATION: Our silicone lubricant is made sustainably in the USA. Odorless lubricant silicone will not damage your bearings and bumpers. Perfect foosball silicone for all home and commercial foosball table accessories that need rod lubricants
  • VERY EFFECTIVE: The perfect liquid silicone lubricant; silicone liquid has the ability to go into the bearings to lubricate them. Well-lubricated bearings will last longer as they won’t get worn down by the friction caused by the rods
  • EASY TO USE: Simply apply a drop or two drops of 100% silicone oil at the end of the foosball rod next to the bearing while the rod is fully extended out. Then rotate knob while pushing in and out to work foosball silicone lubricant through the rod into the bearing. Repeat on remaining rods and as needed
  • 100% Silicone, Ideal For A Wide Range Of Treadmills: 100% silicone treadmill belt lubricant, custom formulated for an array of treadmills (home / personal, commercial / gym, compact, folding, etc.). Just the treadmill lube / treadmill oil you need!
  • Easy To Apply: 4oz EZ-Squeeze bottle with precision twist top simplifies the application process for your belt / deck; whether you call it lube, grease, oil, liquid, spray or gel, this No Odor product is the easiest treadmill lubricant to apply
  • Keeps Your Machine Running Smooth & Quiet: Proper treadmill lubrication with our silicone lubricant reduces noise, eliminates belt hesitation & significantly extends the lifespan of your motor, reducing the need for maintenance/repairs
  • Proudly Made In The USA: Our silicone treadmill lube is made sustainably in the USA
  • Works With Nearly All Brands: For NordicTrack, Sole, ProForm, Horizon, Weslo, True, Life Fitness, Nautilus, Epic, Landice, LifeSpan, New Balance, PaceMaster, Precor, Smooth, Spirit, Vision, Fuel, Lifestyler, Sportcraft, Star Trac, Woodway, Schwinn, and more. Also great for many brands of ellipticals
  • FOOSBALL TABLE LUBRICANT OIL - No Mess, Built-In Applicator Tip
  • LONG-LASTING 4 OUNCE BOTTLE - Long-lasting 4 Ounce Bottle (Twice the Amount for the Same Price)
  • CLEANS AND LUBRICATES - Cleans and Lubricates Bearings on all Major Brands of Foosball Tables
  • 100% SILICONE LUBRICANT - Will Not Damage Your Bearings and Bumpers Like Oil Based lubricants.
  • BETTER FOOSBALL PLAY WITH SMOOTHER ACTION - Silicone Helps Extend the Life of Your Table
  • VALUED SILICON LUBE: 3-Pack Silicone oil is essential to keeping your foosball rods clean and maintained. Silicone based lube can also significantly help extend the life of the bearings on your foosball table and improve the speed and performance of your foosball game
  • APPLICATOR TIP: Applicator tip allows for easy silicone lubricants of foosball rods with no spray, and no mess. A little goes a long way. 1 fl oz foosball rod lubricant bottle should last 6-12 months base on frequency of use
  • UNIVERSAL APPLICATION: Our silicone lubricant is made sustainably in the USA. Odorless lubricant silicone will not damage your bearings and bumpers. Perfect foosball silicone for all home and commercial foosball table accessories that need rod lubricants
  • VERY EFFECTIVE: The perfect liquid silicone lubricant; silicone liquid has the ability to go into the bearings to lubricate them. Well-lubricated bearings will last longer as they won’t get worn down by the friction caused by the rods
  • EASY TO USE: Simply apply a drop or two drops of 100% silicone oil at the end of the foosball rod next to the bearing while the rod is fully extended out. Then rotate knob while pushing in and out to work foosball silicone lubricant through the rod into the bearing. Repeat on remaining rods and as needed
  • Weight 2.5 oz
  • No fancy packaging saves you money
  • Long lasting -- only a few drops needed to clean and lubricate the rod

Other Questions

What do you clean a foosball table with?

Keeping your foosball table in tip-top condition should be your priority for you to enjoy your investment long-term. Dirt, debris, and blackball marks or spilt drinks are the worst nightmares for a foosball table. Clean your foosball table once a week during heavy use and at least once a month during moderate or low usage. Here are the materials you require to clean your foosball table: 

  • A clothing or cotton rag
  • Rubbing alcohol, use 70-90% for the best result
  • Silicone (avoid WD-40 to lube your foosball table)

It is best practice to have side tables with side coasters to place their drinks during play. 

 

What lubricant is safe for rubber?

Use silicone lubricant to lubricate rubber parts of your foosball table and the rods. And almost all movable foosball parts need 100% silicone lube for efficiency and to last.

Use liquid silicone lubricants instead of sprays because liquids are far superior to spray. The spray does not get into bearings besides; it sometimes gets into the surface, making it slippery.

Avoid bad foosball table lubricants if you want to enjoy your investment long term.

Food-based oils, WD-40, water-based gel, and those with bad odour are lube alternatives you must keep far from your foosball table.

 

Does WD40 remove silicone?

Yes, if you really, really want to remove old silicone, WD-40 does the trick; unfortunately, it's the only product that does the rub.

But unless you are 100% sure you have cleaned to the last drop of WD-40 after using it, it will most likely react with the new silicone application. So, what dissolves silicone?

Try alcohol or vinegar to soften and viciously remove with a knife or paint scraper; there is no absolute silicone remover at the moment. It is recommended to use a true lubricant after using WD-40, such as silicone-based lubes, grease, Teflon or graphite. 

References

If you require more information, please check these references

www.reddit.com , article, “What Oil Do You Use To Keep The Rods Sliding “, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2020 

forums.redflagdeals.com , article, “Question Foosball Jitz Owners Out There 214927 “, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2020

 hollywoodcombo.com , article,“Five Tips On Applying Lubricant To Your Foosball Table Parts “, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2020

About This Article 

Date : April 9, 2019

Author : Nick, Website Owner And Writer

Experience : Hi, I am Nick, and I like table games, Ping Pong and Kayaking. These are just a few of my interests. If you are interested in any of these things, read on. I have to admit that I was always really good at playing Ping Pong, but it wasn't until recently that I realised how much more fun it would be to actually teach others. That's when the idea for this blog popped into my head one day.

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