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Verdict: 
Excellent workshop staple but not quite a cure all
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400g
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Weldtite TF2 Lubricant Spray With Teflon is a heavy duty PTFE (Teflon) formula designed to keep cables and other moving parts slick for a long time. However, despite some notable advantages and a 150ml pannier friendly option, it's not quite a cure-all.

It's made of mineral oils, PTFE, solvent and a butane propellant. Solvents serve to keep the mixture fluid (and therefore, sprayable) before acting as a carrier, which spreads on impact, priming the host surface. This then evaporates, leaving only the slippery, honey coloured elixir behind.

I've used this spray for several seasons now and it really stays put, even in grotty midwinter. Single shots are sufficient to keep cables, pivot points, cantilever posts, trailer hitches and cleat/locking mechanisms happy for several weeks. Really harsh, slushy conditions required fortnightly top-ups.

Ours has also doubled as a thinning agent for stout wet lubes and proved a passable fair weather chain lube in its own right, easily on par with 'clean n go' sprays. We've managed 175 late summer miles from a single, two-coat application.

I've also used it to help flush home brewed frame protector (derived from 10w40 motor oil and grated candlewax) around thin wall tubing. As a masking agent, it affords excellent protection to electroplated surfaces including frame ends, quick release skewers and bikes spending long periods on indoor trainers.

Even the cleanest of films will attract some dirt, though this hasn't been an issue for bikes in seasonal hibernation. Bear in mind the solvent component also dissolves adhesives, cuasing unsealed stickers to lift and peel.

Mildly neglected contact points have also released within ten minutes given a few blasts and deft taps from a rubber mallet. Genuinely seized parts demanded specialist dismantling sprays. Don't try and use it to protect electrical components and switches either. The richer Teflon component muted connectivity, demanding liberal helpings of WD40 to resuscitate two flooded blinkies.

Verdict

Excellent workshop staple but not quite a cure all

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Weldtite TF2 Lubricant Spray with Teflon

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"The No.1 worldwide best selling Teflon® surface protector spray in a 400ml aerosol spray." I would say its an excellent workshop staple where longer lasting lubrication's required.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

* Teflon® surface protector coating with high lubricity

* Built-in repellant to disperse water

* High penetration into bearing surfaces of chain

* Repels dirt and cleans surfaces leaving protective film

* Also suitable for motorcycles, cars, boats, etc

 

'blend of mineral oils with Teflon, blended to give excellent lubricity & performance in a spray can'

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Weldtite TF2 Lubricant spray with Teflon is a really useful formula that holds its own on cleats/mechanisms, cables and in a pinch, even doubles as a summer chain lube. However, maintenance sprays are better for poorly electrical/battery contacts.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Stout, slick and versatile formula that's particularly suited to winter.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing given the design brief, though generic maintenance sprays are better for post ride blow-overs and protecting electricals.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)

7 comments

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HalfWheeler [651 posts] 4 years ago
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Rubbish. I've tried it for sciatica, didn't help one bit.

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WolfieSmith [1381 posts] 4 years ago
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I buy a new chain each spring for the summer bike and swap the old one to the winter bike.I keep both clean and just use TF2 on both. Works a treat.

You suggest it's 'not a cure all' but your list of what it does deal with us pretty impressive. I would imagine it's not good with fine rubber though - so not a lubricant for every occasion.

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Sidi 700c [42 posts] 4 years ago
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I have been using this stuff for about 10 years now and i am happy with it. Spray and then clean your chain and you will be ok. I was converted to teflon a long time in california in the early to middle 90's when we used a product called tri-flow.

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mylesrants [387 posts] 4 years ago
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The smell of my bike shed for years. Too thin for chain but great for pre lubing cable outers and cleaning mechs.

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MrLeffe [26 posts] 4 years ago
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I use GT85, after trying all the fancy ones, I realised this is perfect, it's slightly thicker than WD40. I use it as a cleaner too

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watlina [82 posts] 4 years ago
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I always give the cassette a quick spray with TF2 after washing, seems to keep everything in good condition.

I've never tried it as purely a chain lube I normally use Fenwicks Stealth Road for that but I might give it a go for summer use.

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Mr Jono [102 posts] 4 years ago
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This stuff resurrected a very sticky set of DA 7410 STI shifters that would have been very expensive to replace. I was chuffed!