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  • mje commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for WD-401 month ago
    Unusual Uses for WD-40

    WD-40 is basically kerosene, detergents, and a little light oil. It’s designed as a penetrant and water displaced, and it works well for that. But it’s a terrible lubricant, and certainly not something you want to apply to your skin. The MSDS warns against prolonged contact, which leads to irritation, de-fatting, and dematitis.Soap will remove grease from your hands more effectively than WD-40. Never use it as a bicycle chain lubricant, as it will wash out the grease inside the links, leaving nothing to reduce friction and wear. It is a good product for cleaning rust off cast iron, although I use a mix of motor oil and odorless mineral spirits (stoddard solvent) which is gentler to your skin and much cheaper.A better product for coating snow shovels and protecting metal lef...

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    WD-40 is basically kerosene, detergents, and a little light oil. It’s designed as a penetrant and water displaced, and it works well for that. But it’s a terrible lubricant, and certainly not something you want to apply to your skin. The MSDS warns against prolonged contact, which leads to irritation, de-fatting, and dematitis.Soap will remove grease from your hands more effectively than WD-40. Never use it as a bicycle chain lubricant, as it will wash out the grease inside the links, leaving nothing to reduce friction and wear. It is a good product for cleaning rust off cast iron, although I use a mix of motor oil and odorless mineral spirits (stoddard solvent) which is gentler to your skin and much cheaper.A better product for coating snow shovels and protecting metal left outdoors is Boeshield, which leaves a very tough coating of wax. It’s also an excellent product for bicycle chains, as it leaves a coating that doesn’t attract dirt and grit.

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