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Re: Magnum Filter
>Hello. I just bought a Magnum 330 canister filter from a friend. I
>was reading about it and noticed that it needed to be oiled. Can I
>use a paraffin based oil on it?
I don't have a Magnum, but other filters I have owned recommended
using 20-weight oil, usually available through the manufacturer for
about $1/ounce. The instructions may have the exact oil
spsecifications listed, sometimes in the warranty, in fine print. On
my Diatom filter, the instructions explicitly state the use of oil
other than 20-weight will void the warranty.
20-weight oil can be hard to find, as it is too light for use in
automobile engines. I was unable to find it in any store, but I got
two quarts of 20-weight oil from a local Chevron distributor.
However, I've heard the company that manufactures WD-40 makes a
product that is 20-weight oil (Note: regular WD-40 is NOT an oil, but
a penetrating solvent. It will evaporate away in a day or two,
leaving your Magnum unlubricated). Read the label.
I suppose a lighter oil may work, like 10-weight, which is more
commonly available (I believe the brand 3-in-1 oil is 10-weight).
Lubricated in Austin, TX