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Old 08-15-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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I've heard this from a couple of individuals, both by word of mouth and in online forums. Is this true?
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Don't know about making things sticky. I use it to remove old oil/grease. For door hinges, yes WD40 works fast but I still prefer to work some oil into the hinges. For some things, I use a graphite spray lubricant instead of WD40.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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I and other found this when using it on fishing reels . Its adi its fro its using fish oil but i don't know for certain.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Nah, I've never seen it turn sticky. Its a solvent, so it may very well cause other substances to turn sticky.

If you've received the ubiquitous "uses for WD-40" email that has circulated around for the last few years, check out http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/wd-40.asp

There are some truly humorous "uses" for WD-40 in the email, and of course, it also includes the made from fish oil myth. The link above also covers that, although the MSDS is easily available. It's a petroleum product.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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THe thing about WD40 is what its name implies..

Water
Displacement
formula # 40

WD 40 is a product that helps stop water from entering the area or to help remove water and lube an area. It also helps with many other things like loosening rusty bolts. However, it is NOT a long term lubricant or one that should be used for complex machinery. Door hinges are great for it. Not too much more complex than that though.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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I've heard this from a couple of individuals, both by word of mouth and in online forums. Is this true?
Graphite works much better for hinges.

busta
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:01 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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THe thing about WD40 is what its name implies..

Water
Displacement
formula # 40

WD 40 is a product that helps stop water from entering the area or to help remove water and lube an area. It also helps with many other things like loosening rusty bolts. However, it is NOT a long term lubricant or one that should be used for complex machinery. Door hinges are great for it. Not too much more complex than that though.
What he said... WD40 should not be used as a primary lubricant, because it isn't a lubricant. I mainly use it to clean surfaces or to coat metal parts to keep them from oxidizing. It does help with screws and bolts but there are better products for that.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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WD40 is a penetrating oil designed to displace water, and help loosen up bolts stuck by rust. you can also use it to clean oily surfaces as well.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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WD40 has many uses - but the lubricant it leaves behind is very thin and low viscosity. Thin oils are best used for lightweight high speed parts. Door hinges are VERY slow mechanisms and the squeak that WD40 eliminates usually returns very quickly.

I have a very squeaky kitchen door. I actually remove the pins - coat with Teflon grease - and put the pins back in. The door stays squeak free for about six months.
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I mostly use WD-40 for cleaning greasy, stuck and rusty parts but actually lube with something longer lasting. WD-40 evaporates quickly; it just doesn't last for very long.
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