How do I make my double bass pedal move smoother and faster?

Okay, I bought a used pdp double bass pedal single chain. It is very stiff and I play better if it is smoother and/or faster. Any ideas for how I can lubricate it?

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orksecurity6 years ago
You want to clean and/or lubricate the mechanism. General thoughts, which may NOT be applicable to this particular case:

Oils are lubricants. They work well for most things. But as "wet " lubricants they tend to cause dust to adhere and slowly turn into oily mud... and the oil itself can become sticky over time as volatiles evaporate out. So most kinds of oil are NOT recommended for fine mechanisms like locks, and they aren't my first "go to" choice.

Various solvents are used as cleansers, from water to alcohol to kerosene to .... What they have in common is that after washing gunk away they evaporate completely, leaving no residue behind.

Graphite powder is a dry lubricant. Use a _very_ small amount, or it gets messy. Some folks claim it gets a bit reluctant to move in humid weather, but I've never found it so unless you've massively over-applied it.

WD40 may be better thought of as a cleanser rather than a lubricant. As the name commemorates, WD40 is a Water Displacement fluid. It makes things run more smoothly by driving water out so dust (see above) doesn't adhere. But -- as I understand it, and I could be wrong -- WD40 is not, itself, a lubricant in the sense of reducing wear on the sliding parts. The good thing about WD40 is that it almost always helps at least temporarily, and almost never causes new problems.

My own preference in lubricants for metal-on-metal is the teflon microsphere lubes. These are sold under various names. In some versions the microspheres are mixed with a light oil; in others, the liquids evaporate away leaving only a fine coating of microscopic ball bearings; I believe a dry powder form also exists. There are ongoing religious wars about whether these are actually better lubricants than graphite powder; I like them in part because they are much less electrically conductive than graphite.

As noted in the previous paragraph, there are combined products which serve several purposes. Figuring out which product is of which type can be challenging; sometimes the same brand name covers several different mixtures.

But the general principle remains: if you want something to slide easily, start by making sure dirt isn't holding it back, then add an appropriate lube to make sure friction isn't holding it back.
doggypoo (author)  orksecurity6 years ago
thanks for the many suggestions, but it is friction that is holding it back. does that narrow it down?
.  A Q&D search of the Intertubes tells me that white lithium grease is a popular choice for bass pedal lube (but I'm not a drummer, so who knows?). Disassemble, clean as per orksecurity, put back together using WLG (any lube on ork's list should work well, but I'd stick with what other drummers use). As orksecurity points out, dirt sticks to "wet" lubricants, so you will need to service the pedal periodically.
Friction of what, against what? You want to eliminate that friction, either by altering or lubricating the surfaces that are rubbing.
DJ Radio6 years ago
Try and use a funnel to pour oil down the sides in that gap between the pedal and the box around the pedal.
Lol what are you talking about?
acidbass6 years ago
 oil it and practice

basically skill and oil
yokozuna6 years ago
 I suggest you try graphite powder.  It was the secret to my pinewood derby success as a kid, and I think it would work well for your purposes too.