Peter Gariepy

The mystery of WD-40 - SOLVED!

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Now for the real mystery!! MARVEL MYSTERY OIL.Now this is a real mystery.The late and great Harold Sharron at a seminar in Phila. declared it more of a mystery than a oil. Phil

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I know an older guy who rubs WD-40 on his arthritic knees and says that it relieves the pain, but I wouldn't recommend doing that. :eek:

Walmart sells products called "Goof Off" and "Goo Gone" which will also remove tough grease and dirt from the hands. It also works great if you have tree sap or anything sticky on your hands or other body parts. They both have some kind of oil additive which you wash off with soap after using but both have worked great for me for years.... ;)

There are a lot of "older" folks who think WD-40 is good for dealing with Arthritis. I have a feeling that is about as effective as treating cancer with chicken soup.

Sticky stuff on other body parts sounds a bit kinky.........:D

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Stoddard Solvent is mineral spirits which isn't much different from kerosene.

Ha ha ha the last time this subject came up I called Stoddard Solvent "deodorized kerosene" and caught h*ll for it.

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Well, Peter, you sure got a lot of mileage out of this one!! Way to go. Makes for an interesting start to the day.

In addition to all of the comments, pro and con, it smells good.

Ben

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I believe Goof Off is xylene. It will soften some paints. In fact, it's sold specifically to clean up latex paint drips. It will take oil and grease off tires, but it will soften the rubber, too. WD-40 works better in such applications.

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

30 years ago, computer rooms were filled with reel-to-reel tape drives. Those tapes used gummed labels to record their content. In order for the label to survive a high-speed rewind, the adhesive had to be strong or else the label came off, got in the read-write heads, etc.

The pecking order back then was to join the IS department at the entry level of 'Tape Librarian', a mostly unrewarding job. The smarter ones were evaluated to become computer operators. The more efficiently one worked in the tape library, the more you were noticed. Getting a tape label off in one piece was an 'iffy' situation - usually it ripped and left a gaggle of adhesive on the reel. One enterprising librarian simply laid the tapes on the counter, barely wet each label with lighter fluid, waited about a minute, then went about removing each and every label with 100% success and without leaving gummy residue.

I remembered this and have had a container of lighter fluid by my side ever since. I test it on any surface I'm unsure of, but to date, it has not harmed a thing. The latest use was to remove those pesky labels attached to the cords of Christmas light sets and appliances which in 5 different languages tells you not to connect to wall power while standing in your hot tub.... Those labels are very gummy and attract dust and dirt if not cleaned up. Lighter fluid and an old sock leaves them clean as a whistle.

I have purchased 'Goof-Off'. It is not nearly as effective a cleaner as lighter fluid and it leaves an over-powering citrus smell.

The only problem with lighter fluid is finding it. Not as many smokers as there once were...

Edited by Dr. Strangelove (see edit history)

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Old fashioned lighter fluid is made up of mostly naphtha, a major ingredient in old time dry cleaning fluid. Far more effective at removing just about anything sticky or greasy is Acetone, just not real good for the skin because it will remove all the oil from that as well. Also not good for contact with most plastics. Of course your wife's fingernail polish remover is also very effective and doesn't smell like hell or dry out your skin nearly as badly as just Acetone which is also a common ingredient in some fingernail polish removers.

Edited by Jim_Edwards (see edit history)

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Lighter fluid will also remove chewing gum from kid's hair and not damage the child's hair. I always have a can of lighter fluid handy and I have never smoked. It does removed most sticky type adhesives and is less likely to harm the surface it is being removed from.

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I have a customer whose daughter managed to spill an entire quart of red urethane paint on her head ( long story). Tried everything to get it out of her hair, ended up cutting almost all her long blonde hair off.

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I have a customer whose daughter managed to spill an entire quart of red urethane paint on her head ( long story). Tried everything to get it out of her hair, ended up cutting almost all her long blonde hair off.

Now you have to tell that long story or we'll all be trying to figure out how in the heck anyone came to have an open container of auto paint above their head.

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She was 17 or so and Dad had her doing chores around the house for extra spending money. One of the chores was to paint the enormous wheels of a stationary steam engine he had "collected" using bright red urethane left over from his Packard restoration. Of course she was using a brush. It was a hot summer's day. Easiest place to put the can of paint was on top of the wheel while she squatted and painted the lower part of the wheels using paint from a smaller container. Somehow the can fell dumping most of a quart right down on her head and shoulder length blonde hair. She rushed to her Mom who made the mistake of trying to remove the paint with cold water. She then called me for suggestions. By the time I got there with various solvents to try the paint had pretty much hardened. Some came out, most didn't. The young lady was mortified, being as how she was from the debutante set and all.

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Sorry, no fish oil listed in the MSDS.

"Aliphatic hydrocarbon" describes paraffin wax, mineral oil, etc. The origin of material could well be a fish, but the MSDS does not need to disclose it

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Regarding Marvel Mystery Oil, it's pleasant smell is oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate). This was used by itself to free rusted nuts and fasteners back in WWII. I assume Marvel mixed it with petroleum oil. Here's something I didn't know (from Wikipedia):

Methyl salicylate...is also a potentially entertaining source of triboluminescence; when mixed with sugar and dried, it gains the tendency to build up electrical charge when crushed or rubbed. This effect can be observed by crushing wintergreen Life Savers candy in a dark room.

Phil

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Old fashioned lighter fluid is made up of mostly naphtha, a major ingredient in old time dry cleaning fluid. Far more effective at removing just about anything sticky or greasy is Acetone, just not real good for the skin because it will remove all the oil from that as well. Also not good for contact with most plastics. Of course your wife's fingernail polish remover is also very effective and doesn't smell like hell or dry out your skin nearly as badly as just Acetone which is also a common ingredient in some fingernail polish removers.
Speaking of acetone, when I was building and repairing yachts, acetone was the solvent that we used for epoxy and polyester resins they kept the drums outside for insurance reasons and in the winter if you got any on your hands, it felt like they were going to get FROST BITE. and if you had just gotten a cut, BOY did it sting, oddly enough though the acetone seemed to heel the cut, BUT I don't know if that's a good thing!

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One spray lube product that is no mystery...Fluid Film.

It is a life saver for Sewage plants, keeps chains and gears from corrosion....made from Wool Wax! Great stuff and you can use it to wax the car as well as it contains no solvents.

Crazy expensive though....

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I'm a big fan and user of the Fluid Film also. Great Stuff!

As for Penetrating Oil, you guys should try "Rust Reaper". I've had really good luck with it. It doesn't have an awful odor, it has a needle type applicator so it eliminates overspray and it's also a lubricant. If you buy the value pack it should last a long time since your not spraying it everywhere you don't need it. The key is to let it sit. I was skeptical, as I am with most overhyped products. I tested it on something that I was sure wouldn't work and let it sit overnight. Sure enough it walked off the next day.

Jason

Advanced Electrical Rebuilders

www.aerrebuild.com

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Phil,

Yea, I noticed that after I submitted my reply. It used to be made by a company here in Michigan and I see now it's been bought by someone out of state. Not sure why they would change the color unless they changed the whole make-up of the product. I hope not. But, It seems as though that's the way things go when you find a good product made by a small company. They get bought and the product goes to hell. If anyone is interested, I believe I can still get the old green stuff called "Rust Reaper". Let me know and I can check it out and get back to you.

Jason

Advanced Electrical Rebuilders

www.aerrebuild.com

jason@aerrebuild.com

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I worked with a guy who told me that his dad WD-40ed a trade in. The used car guy went nuts when he discovered what they had done. Was the next day, and the transaction was cash. Takes all kinds to spin the planet.

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I use it for loosening really rusted nuts and bolts in combination with a map torch,works good lots of smoke but gets the job done. As for a lubricant not so good only temporary.

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A few weeks ago, I watched someone's house for a week. As he walked me around his place, he told me the lock in his door was very hard to open. When he came back, he was amazed how beautifully his door opened! I sprayed a shot of WD 40 in the keyhole.

As for wood sap on your hands or floor, try mayonnaise. Of course, your hand will stink - then you wash the mayo off.

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As for wood sap on your hands or floor, try mayonnaise. Of course, your hand will stink - then you wash the mayo off.

Rubbing alcohol is the best thing for removing sap I found. It also disinfects at the same time.:)

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WD40 is one half of of a Redneck Tool Kit.

The other half is Duct Tape.

If it doesn't move and it should...use the WD40.

If it moves and it shouldn't...use the Duct Tape.

:rolleyes::P:D

:D:D:D:eek:

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