Maintenance

Care and feeding of your new carbon fiber slide

Cleaning is the number one priority to keep your slide in peak condition:

Use soap and water only to clean the carbon slide. Do not use mineral spirits, Acetone, or any chemical that could dissolve epoxy resin.

Use the supplied terry cloth sleeve over the fiberglass rod often. It will be a little hard to insert the first time so stretch the terry cloth over the rod to make it easier. This tool really helps with keeping moisture out of the slide. Moisture is the number one enemy of a very fast slide. Wipe down the inner slides with a rag or paper towel to get rid of any moisture.

Applying lubricant: Apply a thin coat of the BERP biolube lubricant on the stockings of your inner slide. Then add a couple of drops of the Yamaha slide lube or the small bottle of Slide O Mix directly on top of the biolube. No need for any water bottle. The surface tension of the water only slows the slide down.

If you are on a gig and the slide starts to feel sluggish, you may apply a few more drops of Yamaha or Slide O Mix small bottle on the stockings over the BERP product. It will feel more sluggish at first but after a few minutes after it thins out you will feel a noticeable improvement.

Miles Anderson describes the use of BERP with his .500 bore lemondrop trombone.

You may purchase the new BERP bio-lube product here: berp.com/shop/

The Yamaha lube can be purchased on Amazon: Yamaha slide lube

The small bottle of Slide O Mix can be purchased here: Slide O Mix

Additional things to do: Use Carnauba wax on the inner slides and also put a little in each tube of the outer slide and work in with the terry cloth sleeve. Be careful to only use pure Carnauba wax as many car waxes have other toxic chemicals as well. After using your terry cloth sleeve for waxing you can wash it in the washing machine.