I'm still kind of lost here, I picked up these 4 lubes but I don't know which is best or what will last the longest.
Captain Slug says to use silicone so that's what I got. I found some in spray and grease.
I really want to find a lube that is intended to make o-rings slide on plastic. Most lubricants I have found for o-rings were meant for keeping them waterproof and preventing rust, but not for making them slide better.Gunk Liquid Wrench Heavy-Duty Silicone Spray vs ACE Pure Silicone Lubricant
The Liquid Wrench can
says it is for rubber, wood, plastic, vinyl, and metal, and has high dielectric characteristics. However the contents include Petroleum Distillates, Naphthenic Oil, Silicone, Butoxy Ethanol, and Carbon Dioxide. I thought any lube with Petroleum is bad to use right? It has been some time since I used it, but I don't remember it having great results. The ACE Pure Lubricant
can says it substrates machinery, car door locks, sporting equipment, tools, zippers, ect. It says nothing about use with rubber or vinyl. It contains Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, Hexane and Ketones. This must be one of the "dry" lubes that is meant for metals, because it caused my plunger to slow down.Gunk plumber's Silicone Grease vs Harvey's Plumber's Faucet and Valve GreaseThe Plumber's Silicone Grease
says right on the box it contains no petroleum additives. The instructions say to apply to rubber or synthetic o-rings, gaskets and seals; Plastic, metal or ceramic valves, stems and cartridges. It contains Polydimethylsiloxane, Dimethyl Siloxane, Hydroxyterminated, Silica, and Amorphous Fumed. This type of grease is for faucets because it provides a waterproof, protective coating that prevents rust and corrosion. It does not make Nerf plungers slide better from what I can tell.
Finally Harvey's Plumber's Faucet and Valve Grease
says it is applied to stems of faucets, valves, ball cocks, plungers, packings, and washers. It frees sticky faucets, prevents rust, and allows easier installation of o-rings. No contents are listed, but it seems to work okay so far in my plungers.
All these lubes were found at either Autozone or The Home Depot. But none of them work as well as the lube Hasbro uses in their Nerf blasters. I contacted them to find out what lube they use for plungers but I got an automated response telling me that the information was not available. I emailed Buzz Bee also. An actual person responded and informed me that no lubricants or oils at all are used in their blasters. I know this is not true because if you look at the o-rings of the Mega Missile or Big Blast you will find they have grease on them.
If anybody has experience with these lubes or knows what kind Hasbro uses please reply.