Pematex ultra stick assembly lube highly recommended. This stuff clings on better than a tick on a deers sack. For lifters I have never soaked or filled them before hand, engine preoiling with drill and an old gutted distributor (gear ground down) will put oil in the lifter after the valves are set.
Lifter face and cam lobes get a health dose of this ultra stick then the lifter gets a quick dunk in AC delco engine oil supplement and in they go. Put a full bottle of EOS into the lifter valley as well, on goes the intake. Never wiped a lobe, so far so good.