Purchase a tune kit from Rich in Mich. (great and fast service). Tar should be applied to the spring not to heavily and not to light, all this does is reduce vibration and twang. Moly(atleast 60%) should be used on the ends of the springs and I believe there is a clear sheild(not sure what type of grease it is, I guess silicon based) is used on the piston(not too much). Get in touch with Rich in Mich. Here is his website. I wouldn't recommend adding any oil to it until you clean it and take it apart, so you don't get any behind the seal on the piston. She'll smoke like a muzzle loader.