Foosball Silicone Overview:
Silicone is essential to keeping your foosball rods clean and maintained. Silicone can also significantly help extend the life of the bearings on your table and improve the speed and performance of your foosball game. You can use either liquid or spray silicone on your rods. However, we recommend liquid silicone because it will go inside your bearings and keep them lubricated. Spray silicone will mainly clean the rod itself instead of lubricating the bearing. You never want to use WD-40 on your rods. This may provide a short-term lubrication, but will wear down your foosball rods and dry out your foosball bumpers and bearings over time. See below for instructions on how to apply the silicone and make sure you have an extra bottle of liquid silicone on hand at all times!
Liquid Silicone Picture: Spray Silicone Picture:
How to Use Silicone on Your Foosball Table:
You should apply silicone to your foosball rods and your bearings about once a week during heavy play. During low to moderate usage, you can get away with only applying silicone about once a month. You can tell when your foosball table needs silicone because your rods will start to become slower and harder to slide in an out of your table. To apply the liquid or spray silicone, take a clean cloth rag or paper towel and drip or spray a small amount of silicone to one side of the rag. Then simply apply the silicone to all 8 rods of the foosball table. This will keep the rods maintained and slick for the best table operation. Just make sure not to get any silicone on your handles or playfield while you are applying it.
Next, you can take your bottle of liquid silicone and apply a drop or two of silicone at the end of the foosball rod next to the bearing. Then slide the rod into the bearing and spin it around in a few circles in a slow motion. This will ensure that your bearing stays lubricated and it will extend the life of the bearing.
Foosball Silicone Lubricating a Bearing:
Foosball Silicone Price:
Foosball silicone can be purchased fairly inexpensively for around $10-15 US. This is well worth the price considering the improved performance of your table and the money you save in the long run replacing bearings.
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