The WD 40 debate

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The WD 40 debate

Post by raesewell » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:15 pm

The topic of WD40 came up in another thread with regard to cleaning contacts and megawatt stated that he had been using WD40 for 42 years to clean contacts without issue and I'm sure that is true. I am a big fan of WD40 and think it's a great product. However it was formulated 64 years ago and was as the WD indicates, a water dispersal agent, it was also useful as a lubricant and a penetrating fluid and contact cleaner. Time has moved on and there are more specialised products in the market place.
WD40 themselves have also moved on with more specialised products. See here
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... ting+fluid

So while WD40 can do all of the thing it has always done, sometimes there are better, specialised products rather than the Jack of All Trades that is WD40.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by Diko » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:29 pm

WD-40 it was used to spray the ignition system of every car and m/c in the winters to prevent damp stopping you getting to work. I have never been without it it can be sprayed on anything that involves metal and movement, but not clutches of course and keep well away from disc brakes! WD-40 one of the best inventions ever.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by Via » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:31 pm

I think the jack of all trades point sums it up, I've always got cans of wd40 laying around and it's used for everything from quick oil of gate hinges to cleaning parts.

That said there are lots of specialist sprays that do some jobs better and some I've bought and used in the past these are more bespoke products and while needed for some things the cost outweighs the regularity of use and 'importance' of job.

E.g. Would never use wd40 for clutch cable although know others that do as know other products much better and worth using. But would never go buy a specialist gate hinge oiling spray for a quick squirt on a squeaky hinge.

In reference to the thread and contact cleaner tbh see both sides, contact cleaner would be better but at same time wd40 would do, if I needed to check a few contacts and give them a spray if I had contact cleaner laying around I'd use it if not I'd use wd40, I certainly wouldn't go through effort of going out and buying contact cleaner just because it is a bit better than wd40.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by Westbeef » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:32 pm

So if both products work, what’s the debate? I’m sure most people would agree the specialist product might do it better, but WD40 does it to a good enough standard.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by Gerontious » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:36 pm

The WD 40 Non debate debate.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by geofferz » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:30 pm

I read you can use it to remove sticker glue from your tank etc.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by MikeHorton » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:41 pm

And chewing gum for places it shouldn't be i.e. Most places except for your mouth🤣

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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by MikeHorton » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:44 pm

Amazing product tho a bit like acf 50 developed for the aerospace industry so more than adequate for biking

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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by fastbob » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:11 pm

Believe it or not but builders and mechanics rub WD40 on themselves as a cure for arthritis . This is refuted as ineffective by the medical profession but is apparently quite a widespread practice .
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by goat » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:14 pm

fastbob wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:11 pm
Believe it or not but builders rub WD40 on their chests as a bronchial decongestant . This is refuted as ineffective by the medical profession but is apparently quite a widespread practice .
In St Lucia people use it on their stiff knees and arthritic joints, again not medically recommended.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by fastbob » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:17 pm

goat wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:14 pm
fastbob wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:11 pm
Believe it or not but builders rub WD40 on their chests as a bronchial decongestant . This is refuted as ineffective by the medical profession but is apparently quite a widespread practice .
In St Lucia people use it on their stiff knees and arthritic joints, again not medically recommended.
I got that wrong ! You are right , its supposed to cure arthritis not colds . You beat me to the edit !

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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by SlowBusa » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:40 pm

This Stuff is Awsome..it works So much better than WD40
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by Tango » Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:06 pm

SlowBusa wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:40 pm
This Stuff is Awsome..it works So much better than WD40
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by Gerontious » Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:08 pm

tease it out with a bit of corned beef.. sometime the old methods are still the best.
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Re: The WD 40 debate

Post by Stu » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:51 pm

I always have WD40 in stock as well as GT85

purely because I get them for free :lol:
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