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Old 09-03-07, 09:54 PM   #1
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WD-40, amazing things its done for you

hey just wondering how much people love WD-40, or do you?

here's a couple things its helped me with
-extremely tight pedal
-extremely tight V-brake
-chain stuck under crank arm (old bike, nothing to prevent it from happening)
just to name a few. theres so many things i cant remember. post your acomplishments here
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It keeps my drywall knives from rusting.

I don't use it for bikes other than as a solvent.
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Old 09-03-07, 10:27 PM   #3
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sweet, i only use it as a last resort, when man power is beaten by friction. then i clean it off. and i dont use it on my chain, for that i use pedro's
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doublueyou dee

wd has helped me
loosens bolts
excellent degreaser
makes those non lock on grips stay to the bars
wd 40 stands for water-displacement 40th attempt.
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Old 09-03-07, 10:37 PM   #5
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WD-40 keeps grips on bars? sweet, i usually use a drop of dish soap to get them on, and it dries sticky (only on bikes i repair, i have lock on's)
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spray it on fishing lures (spinners, spoons), the fish can't resist.

Other than that, for mechanicals: cleaning, unfreezing, displacing water, protective film, light temporary lube.
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OK, I have also used WD-40 and a lighter to get rid of a hornet's nest. Sure, a hose would work just as well...but it was more fun that way.
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I have used it to blind myself.








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my friend used it to mess up my other friends brakes. they didnt work for a month (put it on the rotor)
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WD-40 keeps grips on bars? sweet, i usually use a drop of dish soap to get them on, and it dries sticky (only on bikes i repair, i have lock on's)
It is a bad idea to use wd-40 to get grips on, use something like hair spray instead.
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It is a bad idea to use wd-40 to get grips on, use something like hair spray instead.
not always. I used wd40 on my grips and they fused to the bar. wd40 melts the grip and bonds it forever, with certain types of grip

on a side note, i once let wd40 drip accidentally on some sealed bearings...they dried out and burned out

wd40 ain't great at a lube. it cleans well and removes water, but for bearings you may need to put grease back in
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not always. I used wd40 on my grips and they fused to the bar. wd40 melts the grip and bonds it forever, with certain types of grip
For example, you'd never use wd-40 on a customers bike to put grips on.
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It is a bad idea to use wd-40 to get grips on, use something like hair spray instead.
i tried hair spray, didnt work. my stepdad suggested a drop of dish soad. its realy slippery, and then it dries considerably sticky
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When I was a mate on a ferry, one of the salty old captains (slightly addled) swore up and down that WD40 helped his arthritis.
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I have yet to use it on a bike. I learned when I was young that it attracted dirt to chains.

I usually only use it to soak rusted bolts before removing the nuts. (mainly on cars)

I did have a friend who used it on fishing lures, and it worked VERY well. I prefered to use the cheapest sausage I could get from the grocery store... nice and grease and a tough skin to stay on the hook. I also didn't feel like I was poisoning the fish.
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I used it as a chain lube for about 10 years. I still use it for cleanup and freeing seized stuff. Recently, it freed up a rusted quill stem that was really stuck.
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I spray it on my chain to clean it.. Judging from the looks of the rag I wipe it with afterwards the stuff really works... Then I reoil the chain... Also works good for cleaning wrenches etc when done with a job...
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i used to use my pedros ice wax to clean the chain, i think ive found a better alternative
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OK, I have also used WD-40 and a lighter to get rid of a hornet's nest. Sure, a hose would work just as well...but it was more fun that way.
A can of lighter fluid with a single stream nozzle is just as fun . You don't even need to set it on fire, they pretty much drop dead when they get sprayed. If they are ground hornets, the smell will stick around for a year or two unless you work the soil some. Burning may help get rid of the smell.

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My paternal grandmother used to spray it on her arthritic elbow. Swore by the stuff. I cannot confirm or deny it's healing properties.
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This is the complete list of amazing things WD 40 has done for me:













There is really nothing since it is child's play next to PB Blaster and even less amazing when compared to Aero Kroil - http://www.kanolabs.com/ WD-40 on steroids as far as unsticking things. But I have no need for either product on bikes - only working on old cars.
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I use it to degrease my drivetrain.
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My friend and I used to spray it on our sleds for MAXIMUM SPEED back as kids. It's helped me in recent years with unsticking some very stuck bolts on my old car.
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Takes glue residue off things well .
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WD-40, Friend or Foe

It's amazing how destructive WD-40 has gotten in the past few years.

Years ago, I rode with a bicycle touring group, and WD-40 was pretty much the only chain lube we used. This was a group of 70 riders going California to Delaware in the summer of 1981. We just didn't realize that it was making our bikes fall apart underneath us.

Couple of years later, I worked for this same company as a support vehicle driver on their ride around the perimeter of the US. I forget how many riders, but they were planning a 10,000 ride when they finished. Again, there was a lot of WD 40 consumed on those trips.

Myself, I've got old Schwinn road bike (LeTour III) with over 10,000 miles on it, replaced the chain once. Guess if I'd used some other lube the chain would have lasted much longer than that.

Now I'm not saying there aren't better lubes on the market, but I don't think a bike will fall apart if someone sprays WD-40 in the same room like some folks do.

Does a pretty good job of removing dealer emblems and bumper stickers from my car too.
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