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Bob Tascione
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Hi Jan,
Nice job on that winder!
Yes you should clean and lubricate the mainspring. You will also be able to inspect the spring for burrs etc. You can release it from the wire by grasping the spring with a gloved hand (emphasis on gloved) and then either untwist or cut the wire. You then can allow the spring to expand out while in your hand. The spring will not exert much pressure in your hand. You can then use a clean rag with Kerosene or solvent of your choice to wipe off the anti-rust (if put on at the factory) and then lubricate with you choice of lubricant. When you wind it onto your winder the spring will wind into a small enough diameter to clear the barrel hook.
Hope this helps Jan,
Bob

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