Preparation and Application
First thing first - there are no miracles. Revolube can significantly reduce a chain drivetrain’s wear, but it cannot bring a worn one back to life!
For the best results, use Revolube on a brand-new chain, cassette, sprockets, gears, etc.
Simple Application Procedure
Requires only Revolube bicycle/motorbike chain lube.
All new chains and cassettes come impregnated by a manufacturer. Revolube works on chemical bonding principal, thus you need to wash-off the impregnating layer from your gear.
If you want to use Revolube on a used chain, you will also need to remove any old lube/grease/contaminants residuals.Cleaning:
Whichever way you chose to clean the chain: on or off the bike, it is very important to clean it thoroughly from any residuals and leave the bare metal exposed.
Remember to work in a well-ventilated place, as the solvent fumes are hazardous to your health and might be explosive.
- Use a solvent, which can dissolve hydrocarbons, like petroleum-ether, petrol, Brake Cleaner etc…
- Use a brush to displace any solid residuals, from between the plates and inside links, using solvent.
- Wipe the solvent and dissolved residuals with a cloth. Leave the gear for a while until the solvent evaporates.
This is the most crucial part, as it is when the chemical bonding takes place.
- Apply a drop of Revolube to each, individual link of your chain with a dropper provided. Two drops for a motorbike’s chain.
- Make sure Revolube will penetrate inside each link. You will see the drop spreads on it.
- Smear the excess of the lube on the chain plates and cassette/gear.
- For bicycles, it usually takes turning the drivetrain while changing the gears back and forth for a few times.
- For bikes, an additional volume is required to spread it over the chain plates.
- Wait for 30 mins until the lube’s base evaporates.
It is recommended that you conduct subsequent applications every 3 months. You do not need to do a thorough preparation as described above, but a simple cleaning with water would do. E.g. using a pressure washer.
Professional Application Procedure
Requires heat gun, Revolubes bicycle/motorbike chain lube and Revolubes grease for bearings.Cleaning
It’s crucial for both, brand new and used chains.
All new chains come pre - impregnated or pre – lubricated by a manufacturer, to improve performance and protection against corrosion.
Used chains are usually already covered with grease or oil, which has aged leaving black residuals.
Revolube is performing on a basis of alkaline bond between its ingredient and iron atoms within structure. This bond creates a self-lubricating layer under load, thus for it to occur, the raw chain’s material must be exposed.
- Pick a solvent, that can dissolve hydrocarbons and paraffins, like:
- Brake Cleaner
- Clean the chain using following methods. Remember to work in a well-ventilated place, as solvent’s fumes are hazardous to your health and might be explosive.
- Put the chain in a bath or bowl with a significant amount of solvent. This will ensure that the solvent penetrates the links from the inside. Move the submerged chain from time to time to ensure the solvent flow throughout the chain’s parts.
The longer you “bath” the chain in the solvent, the better as it has more time to dissolve solid residues.
- The alternative is to use a hard brush with solvent to displace and remove any solid residuals from between plates and links.
After a thorough clean, wipe the chain with a cloth until it is dry. Leave it for another hour to let the solvent evaporate completely.
After this stage the chain should appear dry in the sense, that the links turn with more effort. It is a desired effect.
At this step a cold environment will be required, as the chain needs to be cooled down to a temperature between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius.
You may use your fridge, freezer or leave the chain outside on the cold weather.
This provides material contraction, due to temperature change.
This part requires the use of a heat gun, cooled chain and Revolube in a room temperature.
- Apply Revolube on each chain link. The amount should provide a stable drop laying on a link, but it should be on a boundary of spilling over it.
- Heat each link with a heat gun until they reach a temperature of 80-90 degC. The lube drops should then spill over.
The procedure utilises the phenomena of a material’s expansion-contraction with temperature.
As the chain material expands along with raising temperature, it creates a vacuum within a chain link. This low pressure literally “sucks in” the Revolube, ensuring lubrication for the most loaded parts of a chain.
This part requires Revolube grease for bearings, cables and chain-links.
- Put a fair amount of grease on each chain link.
- Smear the grease around the links and squeeze it in between the plates and link’s rollers.
- Wipe the grease’s excess with a cloth until the chain is clear.
In this step, the grease creates a gasket preventing any contaminants coming from the outside of a link, as well as keeping Revolube to inside it. It also ensures friction reduction in between the chain plates.
You may also prepare a mixture of Revolube’s lube and grease with a semi-solid consistence and apply it with a pipette. Also wiping out the excess.Subsequent applications
It is recommended that you conduct subsequent applications every 6-8 weeks. You do not need to do a thorough preparation as described above, but a simple cleaning with water would do. E.g. using a pressure washer.