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Intova arm: greasing?

Discussion in 'Intova' started by Maurillo, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Maurillo

    Maurillo Angel Fish

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    Location: Aalborg, Denmark
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    Hello all,
    just got my new Intova ISS 2000 with flex arm and diffuser.

    The arm is quite hard to bend, and it does it in very sudden jumps, because the plastic is obviously quite dry. Will it just improve once in water (I doubt it), or may I otherwise grease it a bit? With what? Would silicone grease do?

    Cheers!
     
  2. IntovaJoe

    IntovaJoe Nassau Grouper

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    Hi Maurillo,
    It will loosen up with usage but please remember we want them to be firm so they maintain position, especially in heavy water movement conditions.
    Best Regards,
    Joe
     
  3. Maurillo

    Maurillo Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark
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    Cheers Joe,
    yeah, I thought of that. So better just leave it alone?

    Thanks
     
  4. PsyWulf

    PsyWulf Barracuda

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    Location: South Africa
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    Yeah it gets a bit better in the water,but I haven't needed to bother much once it's set correctly,the top swivel head attached to the lights I use for fine adjustments as needed
     
  5. Maurillo

    Maurillo Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark
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    I'm back on the same topic, after almost 3 years. And it's still extremely stiff, or even more than then. As a result of the sudden jumps experienced when trying to re-position it, it broke three times in the past 6 months. I really think I should grease it a bit. Any recommended lubricant?
     
  6. fmerkel

    fmerkel Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Salish Sea (Seattle)
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    Get real arms, those thing suck.
    I had some, experienced the same problem, and took pure silicone spray to them (no petroleum). Then they flopped all over. Then they broke.
    Cheap, not good.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  7. Maurillo

    Maurillo Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark
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    Yep, it's next step in my list!
     
  8. Maurillo

    Maurillo Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark
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    So. I greased it with WD-40 silicone-based. No change. It's still unbearably hard to move.

    Time to move on: is the Intova ISS 2000 mount standard, meaning I could choose any one-ball arm to connect it to the arm structure? I'm thinking of a Nauticam or Ultralight tray + arm set. Any preference?

    Thanks!
     
  9. fmerkel

    fmerkel Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Salish Sea (Seattle)
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    Unless there is a version of WD-40 that is SPECIFICALLY SILICONE, it's petroleum based.
    In general you don't want to take petroleum based products near scuba gear. It eats neoprene, and some O-rings are neoprene.
    WD-40 stands for water displacement......it is NOT a lubricant, in spite of the fact that everyone seems to think so.

    Unfortunately in this UW photo biz, the more expensive stuff is generally better stuff. If you've been using those monkey arms for years anything will be an upgrade. Nauticam makes good stuff.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2016
  10. Maurillo

    Maurillo Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark
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    Thanks fmerkel. Well, it says High Performance Silicone Lubricant, on the can...

    Doesn't matter, I'm going for some real arms. It's just difficult to keep spending money on a compact camera-based equipment... You never know how long the camera, or the case, will last.

    Cheers
     

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