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Derby Dust® offers the Fastest Best Pinewood Derby Car Graphite Dry Lube.  In compliance with standard BSA rules, the techs at Derby Dust® designed the ultimate Dry Lube for pinewood derby cars.  Then we furthered improved the graphite dry lube with a unique break-in process that works.  As a result, our customers break track records every year.  Plain and simple.  Our Feedback shows!

Reduce Friction

The purpose of adding lubricant is to reduce friction and add speed. The axle lube kit featured here allows you to burnish your axles with graphite, filling any small scratches in the metal and leaving behind a thin, slick film. For ultimate speed, check out DuPont’s pure Krytox®. If allowed by the local rules, this is the best lubricant available.

The key to gaining the fastest pinewood derby speed is using a successful graphite lube.  By building layers of graphite lube with our break-in process, racers will reduce friction between the plastic wheel and the metal axle. With reduced friction, the pinewood derby wheels will spin faster.  Therefore, the cub scout pinewood derby car will reach the that finish line quicker.

Winner’s Circle

If you are a pinewood derby car racer and have exhausted all avenues of pinewood car designs and weight adjustment for that much needed boost of speed, then you need to take advantage of this unique graphite dry lube now.

  • Not some cheap thing from a hobby store.  1 Dozen (12x) Applicators!
  • This has the consistency of fine talc powder. Will hold shape under compression. Great blend to pack into the void space of a wheel hub.
  • Graphite Derby Dust is the best dry lubricant used to improve the racing qualities of your derby car. Tell your grandpa there’s something new! When you are only allowed to use dry lube, this is the best choice.  No additives such as moly tungsten or  boron.  Highly quality, multiple mesh sized graphite flake.  This allows for graphite to be embedded in the plastic that it will not blow or rub off.  It allows the graphite to be stacked in the valleys of your axle. Don't forget to polish your wheel bores from the manufacturing process: And if you need more speed, seal you wheel bores after your polish job and before adding graphite. Scroll this page down to watch the video and learn more about this product.
  • Once your graphite lube has been raced off, there is no lubrication between your axle and wheel bore.  To ensure that you have an advantage, the more friction you can reduce will give you the advantage over the next racer.  Adding a wax to the bores, will provide that extra step in reducing friction.
  • Pinewood Wheel Polish Kit

    $7.95
    The most overlooked speed step by far.  Polishing the bores.  Go to any league forum and read up the hundred different ways people polish the wheel bores.  It the top racing secret that most will NOT share. This is the first stage of wheel prep.  Removing manufacturing flaws from micro scratches to mold "junk".  All that extra stuff increases friction.  To make the wheels faster, you must remove that friction.  We offer 2 part polishing compound that will smooth out those issues.  If you need even faster speeds, seal your wheels with our bore sealant before burnishing with graphite.
  • Once your graphite lube has been raced off, there is no lubrication between your axle and wheel bore.  To ensure that you have an advantage, the more friction you can reduce will give you the advantage over the next racer.  Polishing axles to a finer, mirror like surface will reduce friction. Wet sanding can only do so much.  If you need a step up in a competitive pack, this is the next step.
    • 1ml of paste will do plenty of axles.  Should be good enough for 10+ sets of axles.
    • Do NOT use with 100k grit axles.
  • Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) is also known as "White Graphite" has similar (hexagonal) crystal structure as of Graphite. This crystal structure provides excellent lubricating properties. hBN is much superior to Graphite and has following characteristics:
  • Most custom blends of dry lube contain a portion of this type of lube. Here's your chance to make your winning blend! Enough to play with to get your experiment down to a reasonable price.   Do we recommend this for PWD?  Derby Dust only recommends pure graphite as a racing lube.
  • Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) is dry/solid lubricant powder and is one of the most lubricious substance in world. WS2 offers excellent dry lubricity (COF: 0.03) unmatched to any other substance, including Graphite or Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2).   Do we recommend this for PWD?  Derby Dust only recommends pure graphite as a racing lube. Please See More details Below