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Liquid vs. aerosol Triflow

Old 05-11-14, 02:00 PM
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Liquid vs. aerosol Triflow

I was in the process of degreasing old STI shifters and read around about the best degreasers and lubes. It seems that most people agree WD-40 is fine for degreasing and sometimes even lubing. Then I thought about lubing, and started wondering is there any difference between liquid and aerosol Triflow except that the aerosol might be for lighter applications?
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chemically I believe the main difference is the delivery mode..
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They're both the same product. The aerosol has propellent (usually CO2, or Propane) to push it out of the can, and the expanding propellent causes a misting effect as it and the product leave the nozzle.

Some aerosol lubes also use a volatile solvent, such as mineral spirits or napatha to thin the lube, which speeds penetration, then evaporates leaving the main product in place, but I don't believe WD-40 uses different formulas in the aerosol and drip versions. (don't know for sure, either way)

The real difference is cost vs. convenience, since the propellent is included in the net wt. and makes up a large percentage of what you're paying or.

OTOH- for things like flushing levers, the aerosol may be worth the difference, since the delivery system provides some "blasting power", analogous to a high pressure on a garden hose vs. simply pouring water.
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Thanks! I believe that pretty much answers my question.
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For Triflow, the 2 fl oz bottle is way more useful than the aerosol.

Less waste, no overspray, pinpoint application with the supplied tube, which I cut shorter and leave in place.

The tube is so small that very little can evaporate- I don't use a cap.
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A look at the MSDS shows that they are the same with the exception of a propellant. WD-40 uses CO2 and Triflow used propane and butane.

Edit: I mean that the liquid is the same as the aerosol, not that WD-40 is the same as Triflow.

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Old 05-12-14, 02:00 AM
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echmm interesting...

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There is no difference between the WD-40 aerosol liquid and the non-aerosol liquid. The propellent in the aerosol is carbon dioxide at less than 5% of the label claim. SO...you are not paying for a lot of propellent and you get the benefits of aerosol packaging...doesn't leak or spill, directional spray, reaches hard to get to areas, long shelf life, portable, maximum protection of contents. If TriFlow contains propane/butane, you are getting less liquid product (more propellent) than aerosols with carbon dioxide
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