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Oil or something falling from the chair lifts?

post #1 of 24
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Does anyone know what the stuff is that falls off of the chairlift pulleys? Its usually dark in color and is a bear to get out of clothing (if you get lucky, most of the time I can't get it out). It seems to be some type of oil mix.
post #2 of 24
I think it's grease sometimes, and other times, it's dust from the rubber lining of the shiev wheels that the rope rides on.
post #3 of 24
As soon as you get off the chair, rub a handful of snow over it and it will come straight off.
post #4 of 24
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As soon as you get off the chair, rub a handful of snow over it and it will come straight off.
We've tried that but it doesn't work with whatever this stuff is.

And looking at the jackets it seems that its some type of oil based product.
post #5 of 24
Lift mechanics are known to chew Red Man. Some of it ends up on the pulleys.
post #6 of 24
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Lift mechanics are known to chew Red Man. Some of it ends up on the pulleys.
LOL - Yeah that Red Man freezes overnight to the shiv wheels on the towers. As it warms up it falls off. : Its the cost for the sport skiing folks . Suck it up. :


Seriously all moving parts must be greased. When it rains hard it sometimes washes the grease out more often than other days. Don't wear white coats on ski lifts.
post #7 of 24
Trekchick experienced this at boyne Saturday first hand!
post #8 of 24
Yet another reason not to sit in the middle seat on a chair....
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post #10 of 24
RCR got sick of people complaining, so they put up a sign "to prevent soiling clothing, complimentary plastic ponchos are available."
post #11 of 24
At my local area they use "Lubriplate" it's a type of grease. Apparently if your dry cleaner knows this there are specific procedures to get it out rather easily. Don't know if your area uses the same or similar, but it's worth a shot.

BTW- this was posted on a sign at the base of the lifts last spring, apparently they had alot of complaints.
post #12 of 24
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I thought dry cleaning ruined the water proofing of the clothing?
post #13 of 24
[English accent] A little bird told me that Lestoil works wonders[/English accent]
post #14 of 24
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[English accent] A little bird told me that Lestoil works wonders[/English accent]
According to the MSDS (http://www.instawares.com/msds/33910clx.pdf) this product is 20-30% Stoddard solvent.

Worth reading before using:

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts79.html
post #15 of 24
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I thought dry cleaning ruined the water proofing of the clothing?

If I referred to it as "Your professional clothing cleaner" nobody would have a clue what the heck I meant.

Not saying to have your Gore Tex drycleaned, rather take your stain to a cleaning professional. Seems worth it if they can get that nasty grease stain out of your expensive jacket... if you really care that much.
post #16 of 24
We had a bunch of frozen oil/grease droplets come off the frosted wheels above the offload ramp earlier this year. Looked just like gravel lying on the snow. You could tell the folks that didn't want to scratch their bases -- they were one who suddenly figured out how to ride an edge bowlegged as they exited the chair. The new folks (or those on rental skis) just skied right over it.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by Max_501 View Post
According to the MSDS (http://www.instawares.com/msds/33910clx.pdf) this product is 20-30% Stoddard solvent.

Worth reading before using:

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts79.html
Holy crap, my mom has been washing clothing and stuff (including my down pillow- with that tossed into the wash.

The smell always drives me crazy, and even after 2 rinse cycles its still there...
post #18 of 24
If you don't want to/can't get to a professional spot remover, go to your local grocery store and look in the cleaners section for Dawn Power Dissolver. Use it as a pre-spotter and wash as usual. Works so well I've even gotten out chain saw bar oil. Dawn dish soap also works, but may take a couple of cycles-If you use the dryer make sure the stain is gone before drying.

I suppose it also works on pots but I'm more careful about not burning food then I am about keeping my cloths clean.
post #19 of 24
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Holy crap, my mom has been washing clothing and stuff (including my down pillow- with that tossed into the wash.

The smell always drives me crazy, and even after 2 rinse cycles its still there...
Yeah, it was much better back in the day when we used 1,1,1, trichloroethylene. That stuff evaporated clean. Stoddard solvents are like washing clothes in diesel fuel. Great stuff!!!. (we don't need an ozone layer do we?)
post #20 of 24
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Holy crap, my mom has been washing clothing and stuff (including my down pillow- with that tossed into the wash.

The smell always drives me crazy, and even after 2 rinse cycles its still there...
I's hesitate to put anything that you want to stay water repellant/resistant in the washer with any type of laundry cleanser. Those are designed to cut through the chemicals that keep water from penetrating. Kind of a catch 22 if you want to clean your jacket/pants. Doing so usually compramises the water beading capabilities. There is stuff you can get to wash it in to restore the water repellancy though
post #21 of 24
It's stained. Sorry. I have moved to a lovely shade of brown jacket. It is the only solution. Is this perhaps a RIBLET brand chair. They seem to be the worst.
post #22 of 24

try this,,

Give the effected area a quick "snort" of starter fluid, then PRESS
{do NOT rub} a highly absorbant napkin to it.
That will remove most/all of the stain in a majority of cases.
This is an old guest services trick,,,,
If it needs more, soak then launder with Lestoil,,case closed....
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Max_501 View Post
Does anyone know what the stuff is that falls off of the chairlift pulleys? Its usually dark in color and is a bear to get out of clothing (if you get lucky, most of the time I can't get it out). It seems to be some type of oil mix.
Holy fark, when did you start skiing? Sometimes you make posts like these and I wonder a bit. Yes, they put lubricants on moving parts of chairlifts. Yes, some of them are harder to get out of clothing than others. Yes, sometimes they drip more than they should. Next thread please.
post #24 of 24
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Yes, some of them are harder to get out of clothing than others. Yes, sometimes they drip more than they should.
Do different resorts use different types of lubricants based on differing weather conditions or some other criteria?

BTW, my thinking was that if I could identify the specific substance that was dripping off of the pulleys I could then try to locate an appropriate cleaning solution.

Of course if they are using different products (or combination of products) at different resorts that's going to make finding a good cleaning solution more complicated.
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