I have an Orion XT10 Classic that has been sitting in my garage for a couple years and the bearings - which were never very good - are now awful. I replaced the azimuth with a Lazy Susan and absolutely love it, it's perfect. My problem now is the altitude bearing. I replaced the "Teflon" pads that came with it but it's still very sticky when moving up and down. The Teflon pads I have on it now were pretty cheap and I don't have a lot of confidence they are even Teflon because it actually got worse. So I ordered some virgin PTFE from a reliable astronomy vendor to take that variable out of the equation.
With all that said, do people put laminate (such as Formica 909-42) on the alt bearing or is that just an azimuth thing? If yes to putting it on the alt, does the laminate come with an adhesive back that I just stick right onto the circular altitude bearing? If all that's correct, will I need to add some weights to balance out the scope with the reduced stiction?
Thanks in advance!