SMOOVE is the best dry chain lube on the planet. It offers long-mileage protection like a thick wet lubricant while remaining clean to the touch and offering crisp, impeccable shifting.
Though, to really get the most of SMOOVE it's best to apply it correctly, especially the first time you apply it. Applying over old chain lube or to a damp chain won't allow SMOOVE to work as it should. Now, while you can 'top up' occasionally if you wish, it's important to ensure the first application is done to totally stripped back chain that is completely dry.
Degrease and dry: Use a strong degreaser, like a liquid citrus degreaser. Then ensure the chain is totally dry. Best to leave the bike in a mild - warm environment.
Applying to a wet chain won't allow SMOOVE to properly penetrate the pins and links while applying to a chain with some moisture residue can lead to a chain that sets overly sticky. SMOOVE lays a very hard base layer to protect your drivetrain from wear, so this prep is important.
Here are a few steps to application and a video if you fancy watching me apply SMOOVE to my bike.
Step 1 > Apply SMOOVE to a clean dry chain.
Step 2 > Apply on the inside of the chain while turning the pedals to ensure that the lube gets worked into the chain. You'll know you've applied enough when lube is 'webbing' from pin to pin and squeezes out from behind the plates when you twist the chain slightly by hand. Once you reach this point, keep pedalling backwards for another 10-15 times to ensure it's all worked in as well as possible.
Step 3 > Let the lube dry for at least an hour.
Step 4 > Best results are achieved if lube is applied the night before.
Step 5 > Do not wipe chain after application.
Step 6 > Too much lube will cause residue to accumulate around the derailleur pulley wheels and cassette.