We were discussing lathe cleanliness a few posts back
That's a scary looking image of the Jacobs chuck part in a jawed chuck. I use my jawed chucks (3-jaw & 4-jaw) for some work but switch to the 5C whenever machining close to the chuck
I'm partial to Breakheart Tools & use much of the tooling they sell. Made in USA
adjustable stop can be fitted to any 5C collet if a number of the same parts are being machined.
Much of the fluid ends up on top of the compound & the paper towel makes it quick to clean up.
Paper towels are better than cloth, Paper will tear into pieces fairly easily, Cloth - not so much.
I've never been able to figure out how any foreign material can get into those places. Perhaps if you clean with high pressure air (which I do), run abrasive paper & non-woven against parts (do that too) or run the machine ways dry ... which I do NOT.I never cover the ways for materials that produce long chips, don't see a reason too. I only cover for cast iron, hot roll scale, fiber resins, etc, anything that turns to powder that can get into the carriage & cross slide ways.
I've never been able to figure out how any foreign material can get into those places. Perhaps if you clean with high pressure air (which I do), run abrasive paper & non-woven against parts (do that too) or run the machine ways dry ... which I do NOT.
I have one of those Goldenrods with a flex spout but only a 12oz'r. Really liked it at first but I quickly came to dislike it. That thing leaked like crazy, always sitting in a puddle of Vactra everytime I went to pick it up. Turns out my flex spout was poorly made & leaked in multiple areas, some clear silicone made it better.1-quart Dutton Lainson Goldenrod pump can (flex spout).
As soon as the wipers wear in they stop being wipers & become pushers. All they do is push chips out of the way.One thing I find weird if that a good wiper will basically push any oil that is present on the ways when the carriage is moved. It will leave the way surface almost dry. This is what I see on my lathe and I can't imagine being otherwise if the wipers, well, wipe efficiently.
What brand & type of way oil are you using? Vactra #2 easily lasts a full hour, sometimes more, with both the carriage & TS constantly being moved back & forth. The TS is really sensitive when no film is present & will let you know quickly that more way oil is needed.... I see no advantage of oiling the ways any more than a light coat. Any massive coat gets wiped away and simply drips on the chip pan.
Machined surfaces can last a long time as long as a film of oil separates the sliding elements. The first shop I worked in was 1970 & the machine shop manager, a real old timer, carried a pump oil can with him every where. When he saw a dry or near dry surface he fixed it.My TS on the other hand has no wipers and there I can see how a good amount of oil helps it glide on it.
And yes, it gets pumped into the apron, gear box, headstock, etc. of my lathe. If your lathe specs out something else by all means use what is recommended - which many times is Mobil DTE-26.Mobil Vactra Oil Numbered Series can be used for lubrication of ballscrews, linear guides, headstocks, translating screws, spur and bevel gears, and lightly loaded worm gears
Ok the explanation is that my wipers are new and wipe the ways clean and almost dry.
Vactra will NOT pump into any of the oil buttons on my machine & for that Mobil Velocite #10 is used.