We have an ever-growing menagerie of switches, stock and hybrid, in use in the community. For many of these, we have detailed force plots to understand switch behavior. We have thin and thick lubes, numerous guides for lube application, and anecdotal advice for switch/lube combos. If you step back and look at all of this, it’s really quite awesome.
What we don’t seem to have, though, is a way to clearly communicate what exactly we mean when we say “don’t overlube with 3204” or “lightly lube the housing”. Or at least it seems that way to me, but then again I’m relatively new to the community. Perhaps it’s one of those things that just ‘becomes obvious’ once you’ve tried enough switch/lube combinations and application techniques.
But perhaps it isn’t? I’m wondering if anyone else would find it useful to see more quantitative descriptions of lube application. Something like:
Tribosys 3204 applied to housing rails, slider stem and slider sides (except tactile legs), 1mL per 65 switches Krytox GPL 104 applied to springs, tub lubed, 1 drop per 7 springs
which, as it happens, is the rate at which I’ve used lube on tactile switches for my last few builds. Is that a heavy coat? A light coat? I don’t know, but at least it should be possible to make a rough comparison with what other people are doing.