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"Sometimes 3/4th's the max opening."

Yes, you MAY have a sticking pad problem, but it seems clear from this statement that you definitely have a mechanism problem, and possibly no pad problem at all.

"try loosening the screw and putting clear nail polish on there"

A band-aid at best, and for some mechanism only compounds the problem, e.g allow rust to continue getting worse, while the instrument limps on.

If it is a mechanism problem, then it is a complicated area that is best left to a technician, unless you are pretty mechanically confident and understand the mechanical logic of this mechanism.

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