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Removing WD-40 from steel prior to painting?
Getting ready to paint my frame, but I've run into a snag. A friend and I were working ("messing around" as my wife puts it) in my garage and some WD-40 was accidentally splashed on my freshly-stripped ready-to-be-painted frame
and wasn't discovered until after it had dried and left that thick residue behind. I've looked around the internet for ideas on how to remove the WD-40 residue, and I've seen a few ideas, such as Windex, a 50/50 mix of Windex and isopropyl alcohol, Dawn dish soap, lacquer thinner, etc, but I'm wondering if anyone here has been in this situation. I'm a bit concerned; I found an auto-body site that basically said, "anyone who sprays WD-40 in a paint shop should be killed".
I e-mailed the good folks at wd40.com, but their site seems more oriented towards "WD-40 is the best thing that ever happened to mankind". They even have a WD-40 fan club. So, does anyone here have any suggestions? Thanks!
Edit: I guess I should add that I'm going to experiment with the Createx Auto-Air paints including their new primer. These are all water-based, and so I think I need to get every last bit of the WD-40 off or my paint job will be seriously compromised.