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Old 09-26-2018, 06:46 PM   #1
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I sure never have, it runs out as a lubricant very quickly. As I recall there was a lot of ballyhoo about it when it appeared back in the '60s, I think it was developed by the Government, hence the name, maybe in connection with the space program.


Since all we had before that was 3-in-1 Oil, or maybe LiquidWrench, it seemed like a technological miracle at the time....seems like a waste now.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:50 PM   #2
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I don't use it as a replacement for liquid wrench, or any other penetrating oil. As a light oil in many applications, I like it.


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I recently used 2 gallon jugs of it as weight for gluing upholstry
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:20 PM   #4
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WD40 is more useful as a cleaner than as a penetrant.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:21 PM   #5
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While you might not wish to invest in their product, your definitely should invest in their stock !
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:23 PM   #6
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It really is not a lubricant. The WD stands for “water displacement”. It’s used a lot in the electrical industry. When I was in the Navy it was used to displace water or moisture on switches and electrical connections. It will not conduct electricity.

I use it on the fan belt if it is making noise.

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Old 09-26-2018, 07:27 PM   #7
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WD-40 is good for its intended use dispelling water. I use it around distributers. It also is great for forcing oil to penetrate joints while lubing parts. Its worst trait is swelling old dicast parts.
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:35 PM   #8
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I use for several applications works foe me
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:49 PM   #9
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It works good removing sticky residue left behind after removing tape or labels.


Works good to keep parts from rusting while in indoor storage.
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:50 PM   #10
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The best anti rust you can get is Acetone. And ATF. Oil 50-50 I have worked a lot with rust restoring my WW 2. Military v ehicles .loosen most things in 24 hrs cheep to buy in most hardwares
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:51 PM   #11
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Used to use it to displace salt water from fishing reels and tackle when fresh water was not immediately available or after rinsing with fresh water. Now use it as a cleaner to tidy up under the hood.
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Also works to remove nasty grease stains on laundry, makes them slightly less nasty.
Works good to clean water corrosion off of electronic printed circuit boards in a pinch.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:53 PM   #13
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I bead blast a lot of metal Model A parts. If I leave that part sitting on a work bench in the garage overnight especially during the winter months (Southern California) the next morning it will have signs of beginning to rust. After a few days it will definitely show signs of rust.


If I spray that part with WD-40 right after it was bead blasted it could sit there for a couple months and not show signs of starting to rust.


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Old 09-26-2018, 10:07 PM   #14
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Removes road tar from painted surfaces like a house-a-fire, but gentle on the paint. Bud
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Everyone in our group carries WD-40. Many times we have been caught in heavy rains where someone's car will stop running due to the moisture. Spraying the electrical system with WD-40 will get the car running again.
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A spray can of the stuff with the plastic straw is my go-to for straight through power tapping with wire size gun taps.

I run a constant pressure spray directly into the flutes from behind while running forward. Not it's intended use but works well and cleans up much easier than any other cutting fluid.
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All the above, plus I use it as a threading fluid when I run taps in aluminum.
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:23 AM   #18
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I sure never have, it runs out as a lubricant very quickly. As I recall there was a lot of ballyhoo about it when it appeared back in the '60s, I think it was developed by the Government, hence the name, maybe in connection with the space program.


Since all we had before that was 3-in-1 Oil, or maybe LiquidWrench, it seemed like a technological miracle at the time....seems like a waste now.
Yeah, it's highly over-rated. From what history I've read a chemist was searching for a product to remove water from various surfaces. Thus WD means "Water Displacement", and "40" was his 40th attempt at getting the right formula.
It's not a good penetrating oil nor is it a very good lubricant, but it does a good job of displacing water so it does what it was designed for. As popular as it is, there must have been a marketing genius behind it!
There are much better penetrants and much better lubricants out there. Keep some of each on hand so you don't reach for the WD-40 (unless your distributor got wet!).
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Old 09-27-2018, 06:04 AM   #19
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Its great for whining! When I start to whine my wife sprays it in my face,I stop whining!!Pete
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