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Should spiral balances be lubricated?

A quick learner says:
Should the spirals be lubricated? How often and with what? It seems the old spirals get very sticky and I am sure contributes to the breakage. Thnaks, Jerry
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Paul Sr. from SWISCO responded:
All spiral balances sold on SWISCO.com do come pre-lubricated. After a few years it is not a bad idea to clean and add new grease to your spiral balances. You will want to use a grease that will stick on to the spiral. As long as you use a grease that sticks on the spiral, this is not a process that you will need to perform often. WD40 is a popular lubricant but is not a good lubricant for spiral balances because it is too thin. Stop by your local mom & pop hardware store for a recommendation of a grease that will perform well.
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