WD-40 and its many uses

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Motomom34, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Who knew WD-40 had so many uses.

    You may not have ever thought that WD-40[​IMG] could be used for more than loosening up rusty parts or greasing up your bike chain. In fact WD-40 can be used for many purposes that might just lead to your survival. Here are 13 ways that you can re-purpose WD-40 to help you in any situation!
    WD-40 Survival Guide | The ReadyBlog

    Also in the comment section someone wrote many other uses:

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  2. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Attract and Catch Fish Many salmon fisherman in the Pacific Northwest will spray their lures with WD-40 to mask the human scent. It also supposedly attracts the fish. However, be sure that use of the chemical is legal in your state before you fish with it.

    B.S. It leaves a trail like a high power bullet in flight, Its not legal in this application in any state or federal waters.. However
    Other fish attractants that are legal and work the same way can be bought at the local sporting goods store.
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  3. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Well, all I can say is this:
    When I was a boy I was taught how to fish for sturgeon by an old black gent. He swore by WD-40. Same spot on the columbia river, same bait same everything. He caught fish and I didn't until he started spraying my bait with WD. Now I haven't fished for sturgeon in 25+ years so I can't debate the current laws. All I know was the way it was "back then."
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  4. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    its great for cleaning your hands... as far as loosting rusy nuts and bolts . if you hand me that i hope u got good dental insurance ...

    its called water displacement 40... its a cleaner
  5. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    As previously stated its more for water displacement than lubrication.

    WD-40 (and many light lubricants) are transdermal, spray enough on and you'll taste it.

    Use caution and wash with soap and water if you spray it on your skin.

    Personally I wouldn't spray it on any animals.
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  6. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    It contains petroleum distillates which is against the Federal law to release in State or Federal waters, So don't get caught!

    However for my monkey friends...only, Buy the spray garlic or shrimp in the local fishing isle, Works just as well...and its legal!
  7. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    I wouldn't recommend spraying it on your windshield either unless you don't plan on driving (or at least seeing where you're going) and are planning on replacing your wiper blades (after they are softened/dissolved.)
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  8. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Was that spoken via experience techsar?! :rolleyes:
  9. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Yup! Howdya guess? ;)
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  10. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Believe it or not, when I worked at a local gun range I had the pleasure of helping a gentleman (using that term loosely) with his malfunctioning gun. I notice the slide was tacky and slow moving. I asked how and when it was cleaned last. He said that he just sprayed the gun down with WD-40 after his annual range session. Yes, this was his carry gun, and yes he visited the range ONCE per year (I looked up his records). Over a couple years that WD-40 left a sticky gooey mess on his gun, i was amazed it was firing at all.

    After field stripping his gun, actually cleaning it and lubing it correctly if functioned flawlessly.

    For me, I use WD-40 in the kitchen to remove labels from my canning jars.
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  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    WD-40 (water displacement 40 times by water cannon) was designed to dry out and protect electric circuits. Say you have a fuse panel that refuses to reset due to too much moisture. The WD, bonds with the water and evaporates. WD, does not conduct, but does leave a film behind that water had a hard time getting through.
    I have known people who rub it into their knees, and swear it helps. (Ain't possible, because it can not pass through the skin, to the joint).
    We use it as a cleaner, we use it to cut oil as a lubricant. We use it to remove gums and residues.
    By itself, it is a lousy lube, but cut with motor oil 50/50, it does pretty well.
    As with any lube that says "penetrating" it evaporates, leaving not much more than graphite behind, and very little of that.
    I've heard of the fishing bit, but never bothered to try it.
  12. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    not surprised it left a gummy ttacky residue... considering it is partly fish oil
  13. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    I would be hesitant to put it anywhere near something I was going to eat.
  14. john316

    john316 Monkey+++

    You may not have ever thought that WD-40 upload_2015-1-1_11-49-57. could be used for more than loosening up rusty parts or.


    loosening up rusty parts.....buy a good "penetrating" oil such as PB Blasteror

    greasing up your bike chain....The finest rust preventive oil I have ever found is NAPA brand Chain and Cable Lube (part number "Mac's 1370").

    “ Preservative oils are not created equal. Lubricating oils for machinery generally lack rust proofing qualities. Shafts on food grinders, choppers, strainers, etc, should be lubricated with food grade oil, which usually means olive oil, but for long term storage they should be preserved with rust preventative oil.

    WD-40 has some fine uses, but the spray cans are for tourists. WD-40 is available by the gallon and can be used with a small hand-pump sprayer much more efficiently than a spray can.

    The finest rust preventive oil I have ever found is NAPA brand Chain and Cable Lube (part number "Mac's 1370").

    NAPA is a national chain of auto parts stores, this particular product is unique to NAPA; other "chain and cable lubes" do not come close in quality, some being simply a sticky, long polymer goo.

    The discovery of the ability of NAPA Chain and Cable Lube to penetrate into the pores of steel and prevent rust has been known to loggers for many years. Out here in the rain forests of southwest Oregon, loggers would often find discarded wire rope, particularly chokers. The rain and salt spray created by the Pacific Ocean would render chokers absolutely stiff with rust after a single year on the ground. These hardy men would clean off the dirt, spray one side with NAPA Chain and Cable Lube, let the foam dissolve into a thin oil and penetrate the cable, then after awhile turn the cable over and spray the other side. Sometimes a second coat was needed, but often by the end of the day the choker was limp and supple as new.

    Use NAPA Chain and Cable Lube on all bare metal to prevent rust: especially warranted for saws, blades, or any metal which can rust, and you will have preserved your irreplaceable tools. Each spray can will cover a multitude of metal, while extra cans held in reserve should see you in good stead for years. “

    I have been fighting rust in middle florida for 40 years. i found NAPA Chain and Cable Lube

    several years ago.i spray it on tools...tap and die set...blades...it stays on the tools for years of no rust.

    google “WD-40 Versus the World of Lubricants”
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  15. john316

    john316 Monkey+++

  16. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Good responses. Some of the suggested uses I questioned but thought to throw it out there. I would never put it on my windshield or clean a gun with it. I do wonder if spraying it on the snow shovel would work. I think it would get tacky when cold. Currently I lube hinges, wood creaks with Pledge.
  17. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I use it as a GP lube. I've had better luck spraying the snow shovel with silicone spray or if I take the time, wax them with the same stuff I used on my skis.
  18. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    Yes, it works but as @Tully Mars said, there are other things that work better.
  19. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Spray on kitchen faucets to prevent a build up of "hard water" scale.
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