Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil is known for its fast and
smooth action. It is synthetic, non-toxic, odorless, and very
long-lasting. It is harmless to all metals, including brass,
aluminum, stainless steel, monel, nickel, silver, copper, gold,
solder, lacquer finish, etc.
Here are a few tips on how to use our valve oil and tuning slide
lubes for best results.
Before using Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil, clean your
valves and casings completely with lemon-type liquid detergent and
water. Use a valve casing brush to scrub out old oils by
holding the valve casing under running water while sudsing out old
oils and grime. Also, clean the bottom valve caps the
same way. Rinse all the detergent completely. See our tips on
cleaning a trumpet.
Let the horn and valves completely air dry. Cleaning with
a rod is not recommended since it can scratch the metal casings and
cloths can leave lint or other contamination.
Hold the valve over a cloth or newspaper and coat it with plenty
of oil. Gently shake or blot off any excess oil onto the
cloth or newspaper. When putting the valve back in its
casing, do not rotate it since this can cause excessive wear. See
our tips on how to oil trumpet
Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil will last much longer than
regular valve oils, and it is not unusual for it to last more than
one week. However, when you are first breaking in new valves,
it is best to clean and reapply Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil
each day for a week or two.
To reapply Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil, first take the
valves out of the casings. Remove the bottom valve caps. Hold
the horn over a cloth or newspaper and squirt enough oil into the
casings to rinse off any contamination. Similarly, squirt oil
over each valve to remove any visible grime. Gently shake or blot
off any excess oil and reinsert the valve into its casing. Finally,
wipe off the bottom valve caps and screw them back onto the
Ultra-Pure Valve Oil is excellent for Rotary
Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil is an excellent rotor oil for
all types of rotary valves, including the Thayer valves of
trombones and the delicate rotary valves of French horns and rotary
valve trumpets. Just put a few drops down the slide tubes and move
the valves to coat the rotors. Use Ultra-Pure Light Bearing Oil to
oil the french horn or rotary valve bearings (spindles) and
Ultra-Pure Linkage, Lever and Key Oil to oil all the mechanical
linkages and levers. See our tips for how to oil rotary valves of french
horn and other instruments.
A few words about our Tuning Slide Lubes
All our tuning slide lubes are non-toxic and compatible with
Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil. The regular weight is used
on all tuning slides of brass instruments except for those which
must move lightly and easily. That is where the Light lube
comes in. It is best for the 1st and 3rd valve slides of
better instruments which must move quickly and easily for fine
pitch adjustments. The Heavy tuning slide lube is perfect for
slides that are worn, leaky, or loose. An instrument freshly oiled
and lubricated with Ultra-Pure products feels great!
Long Term Storage of Brass Instruments
If you have several brass instruments, it is likely that some of
them do not get played very often and they sit in their case for
months at a time. If the valves are in excellent condition and have
close tolerances, the slight amount of oxidation of the brass
casings or valves can cause them to stick over time.
If your valves are worn and slides have lost some compression,
then Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil is fine for long-term
storage. If the valves are like-new or very close tolerance, we
recommend our Light Bearing Oil, which is a heavier version of our
valve oil and very slow to evaporate. When you want to take it out
of the case and play it, just wipe off the valves and apply fresh
valve oil (Ultra-Pure Professional or our Ultra-Light Valve Oil).
For rotary trumpets, use the Light Bearing Oil on the rotors and
our Linkage/Lever/Key oil on any miniball joints, hinges, levers,
We also recommend to open each case about once a month and just
rattle the valves and amado waterkeys to keep the oil distributed
and prevent sticking or oxidation. If they still feel fine, just
close up the case again. If they feel dry, put some more Light
Bearing Oil on them.
For very long term storage, you can take the valves out of the
casings, wrap them in a clean cloth, and put them in a ziplock bag.
When you want to play the horn, just unwrap and oil them and they
will be good to go.