I haven't been here long, a couple months, but I haven't seen this
topic. What do people think about WD-40? I've heard two conflicting
sides of this debate. One says it's ok to use, the other says it
contains water and will result in rust.
I got a used Delta drill press a couple weekends ago which needed
cleaning up, ie dirt and grime. I used WD-40 all over it last night and
the press cleaned up nice. First time I've really used WD-40 on my
No water content - developed by the military - name is its own description:
WD (water displacer 40). I've used it to help start a lawn mower (spraying
into intake - easier on cylinders than ether) but as a regular lubricant - I
don't do it. Others do and have no problem -
Hard to beat Johnson's, or any good floor wax sans silicone. I use Boeshield
T-9 most of the time these days (laziness, I guess, because it is easier to
I think we agree, the past is over.
George W. Bush
IMHO, since wax is not a very good water barrier on wood, it does not do
well on iron either. I have tried in the past, waxes and Boehield with out
any decent lasting results. About 14 years ago, I discovered TopCote and
living in Humid Houston, rust is simply not given a second thought anymore.
3 years ago I tried Boeshield on my new TS and have rust stains to prove it.
I immediately went back to TopCote and have not accumulated any more rust
stains. I reapply TopCote when the wood starts to drag.
If they are, you wouldn't know it by me. I've followed those same
directions and have kept a light coat of WD-40 on the tabletop and have had
no trouble. Also, contrary to popular belief, I use it on my firearms. I
use what I know works. I have also used the wax as you mentioned and it
does work, but not as well in my experience.
I don't make the news. I just report it. :)
I don't follow their advice, but for two different reasons: (1) already
spent nine-bux on that little can of TopCote and (b) rust, in this
semi-arid climate, is not a big worry.
About a year ago, I bought a 'trial size' set of TopCote products I
think. Do they make a pump spray product? I haven't used it yet. As I
recall the set was about $20. I'll have to dig the stuff out of the
On Mon, 14 Jul 2003 11:41:03 -0400, Thomas Mitchell
It will not rust your tools. I've given my metal toolbox a quick
spray with WD40 to prevent rust. I'll use WD40 when a spray is
convenient, but I much prefer kerosene to wipe my tools to prevent
rust. I keep WD40, Liquid Wrench, kerosene, cup grease, and a light
sewing machine oil in my shop at all times. Each product has
advantages/disadvantages but knowing which one to use for the job at
hand is the key.
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