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Doc Marten02/08/2020 10:33:25
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A place to post your WD40 related experiences and rumours.

I'll start:

It's a first class degreaser, water dispersant and keeps rust at bay with a quick squirt.it also smells lovely. I've never had any failure of components or metalurgy problems due to it's use.

It doesn't cure Arthiritis or contain fish oils.

Who's next?

Bob Cotsford02/08/2020 10:52:07
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It's excellent for cleaning matt finish plastic motorcycle panels. It doesn't keep rust at bay as well as ACF50 which is actually designed to resist corrosion. It's not as good as a penetrating oil as - dedicated penetrating oils!

Pete Collins02/08/2020 11:06:32
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Oddly enough, according to an old lady i know, it DOES cure arthritis! Or, at least, she sprays it on her knee and insists that it helps her mobility. Perhaps someone should conduct some proper scientific tests?

john stones 102/08/2020 11:37:47
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It sorts the locks on my sheds in Winter, and degreases stuff, I accepted the Fish Oil one, that's not true then ?

Michael Barclay02/08/2020 12:21:36
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Posted by Pete Collins on 02/08/2020 11:06:32:

Oddly enough, according to an old lady i know, it DOES cure arthritis! Or, at least, she sprays it on her knee and insists that it helps her mobility. Perhaps someone should conduct some proper scientific tests?

Someone I used to sail with claimed exactly the same thing.

J D 802/08/2020 12:27:00
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I have heard it is very good for shining leaves on plastic plants and if you spray the base of your tree's it will keep the beaver's from chewing them.wink

Piers Bowlan02/08/2020 12:35:08
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Be careful if spraying it on control surface linkages, not that one would normally, as it makes solarfilm sag and wrinkle. I don't know if it has that effect on all film but you don't want to find out the hard way!

Phil Green02/08/2020 12:46:26
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Any serious Jimi Hendrix fans will know of the British band, the Hamsters a fantastic live band, sadly retired.

Throughout a gig their guitarist Slim would spray WD40 down the length of his guitar neck every three or four numbers. Didnt wipe it off, he just played it 'wet' smiley

john stones 102/08/2020 13:37:08
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Posted by Phil Green on 02/08/2020 12:46:26:

Any serious Jimi Hendrix fans will know of the British band, the Hamsters a fantastic live band, sadly retired.

Throughout a gig their guitarist Slim would spray WD40 down the length of his guitar neck every three or four numbers. Didnt wipe it off, he just played it 'wet' smiley

That was because it left a Purple Haze. wink

Andy Stephenson02/08/2020 14:49:51
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WD40, I use it all the time especially to remove Evostick and similar sticky contact adhesives.

Good as a lubricant when drilling and tapping hard aluminium alloy.

A.

Peter Christy02/08/2020 15:12:12
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"If it doesn't move when it should, use WD40. If it moves when it shouldn't, use duct tape!"

Also:

"Duct tape is like the Force. It has a dark side and a light side, and it binds the Universe together!"

--

Pete

Andy Ellis 102/08/2020 16:24:20
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Whilst WD40 smells lovely, GT85 smells lovelier. But does work as well.

ken anderson.02/08/2020 16:48:16
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i'm a Serious Jimi Hendrix fan...have been for all my life(long time) I can assure you that JH used lots of different substances etc...

ken anderson...ne..1..serious stuff dept.

paul d02/08/2020 17:38:41
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Good thread Doc, for the life of me I can't remember where Brian said about not using it on phosphoru bronze, sadly a bit late to ask him now, what magazine did write under the name of "the wizard of oz"?

At the time it made sense to me to the point of never using it on bronze, oilte etc.

I only ever use it to silence squeaky door hinges although I do agree about the smell.

Tosh McCaber02/08/2020 17:59:55
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Hmm- Read on YouTube that it removes bird poop from your car. Sprayed it on, waited a few minutes, rubbed it off. Result- bird poop still there, but nice and shiny!

Ronaldo02/08/2020 18:15:55
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Good for squeaky hinges {stopping the squeak that is} Frees locks, I squirt some on the key then work it into the lock. Freeing rusted nuts on bolts. Also very good as lubricant when drilling and tapping metal.

Doc Marten02/08/2020 18:28:37
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Posted by john stones 1 on 02/08/2020 11:37:47:

........ I accepted the Fish Oil one, that's not true then ?

Nope, straight from the horses mouth, contains no fish oil......or anything remotely related to fish in any form.

 

Lifted from their site:

WHAT A FISH STORY!

Myth: WD-40® contains fish oil.

Fact: Consumers have told us over the years that they have caught some of the biggest fish ever after protecting their fish hooks and lures with WD-40®. We believe this legend came from folks assuming that the product must contain fish oil since it appears to attract fish. Sorry Charlie®, it just ain’t so.

WD-40 Company has taken steps to respect and conserve the environment, and encourages its users to do the same. While WD-40® can be used to help protect fishing equipment from rust and corrosion, WD-40 Company does not recommend using WD-40® to attract fish.

 

 

 

 

Edited By Doc Marten on 02/08/2020 18:32:27

Doc Marten02/08/2020 18:30:07
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Posted by Pete Collins on 02/08/2020 11:06:32:

Oddly enough, according to an old lady i know, it DOES cure arthritis! Or, at least, she sprays it on her knee and insists that it helps her mobility. Perhaps someone should conduct some proper scientific tests?

“WD-40® CURES ARTHRITIS!” NO WAY.

Myth: WD-40® cures arthritis.

Fact: This popular headline, appearing at least once a year in the tabloids, is completely FALSE. WD-40 Company does not recommend the use of WD-40® for medical purposes, and knows no reason why WD-40® would be effective for arthritis pain relief. WD-40® contains petroleum distillates and should be handled with the same precautions for any product containing this type of material.

Doc Marten02/08/2020 18:45:24
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 02/08/2020 10:52:07:

It's excellent for cleaning matt finish plastic motorcycle panels. It doesn't keep rust at bay as well as ACF50 which is actually designed to resist corrosion. It's not as good as a penetrating oil as - dedicated penetrating oils!

It's also excellent for cleaning the chain and sprockets Bob.

I've never used ACF50 but it's anecdotally accepted as top notch for rust inhibiting metals backed up by it's heritage, it needs to be applied as a fine mist under a cover to be properly effective on a bike apparently.

Bob Cotsford02/08/2020 19:08:20
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Doc, I used to blast everything under the fairings which areas are traditionally prone to oxidation. Especially useful on Aprilia wiring! When maintenance was needed everything came apart much more easily. It was very effective for winter protection of alloy frames too as I used to ride throughout the year in days gone by.

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