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Wd40 rust inhibitor spray

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by chevyforlife21, Mar 6, 2012.

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  1. chevyforlife21

    chevyforlife21 Member

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    Anyone use it on guns yet says 1 year of protection yellow can at wallyworld is it like corrosion x?
     
  2. 303tom

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    WD-40 is one of the best.....................Yes I use it.
     
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    cheveyforlife21,

    I'm not sure what you're asking.

    Do some folks use WD40? Sure, but for what? It is great at getting moisture out of nooks and crannies, but not the best rust preventative on the market.

    Corrosion X and WD40 are not the same.

    Look at performance based comparisons of corrosion protection and make you choices based on those.
     
  4. Jim NE

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    You know, I've read somewhere that WD40 wasn't such a great idea for guns. But I can't remember exactly where I read it. Don't know if it's true or not, but you might want to research it, first.

    It might br great stuff, I'm just telling you what I've heard.
     
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    For years and years I used this, but over time it can build up a 'shellac' of residue, and unless re-applied a lot it dries out. It displaces water, but does a poor job of lubricating like a real oil. All that spraying can penetrate the unfinished ends of gunstocks/grips.

    It will do in a pinch but it is not the best lubricant/preservative.
     
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    Maybe a one shop product like Breakfree CLP would do better for you. I have not had a rust issue in 35 or 40 years I have used it. That with growing up hunting in south florida swamps with blued firearms. maybe its not the best rust stopper but for the average guy it is more than good enough for basic preserve of metal and still be a lubercant and basic cleaner.
     
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    I'd suggest taking a look at Eezox.
     
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    Having worked in the technical industry for 35 years, I have been able to use a multitude of lubricants for various applications. My observations about WD-40 have been that it is a good light machine lubricant as long as excessive heat or cold is not involved. It is not a superior rust inhibitor. Having said that, I have used WD-40 on my bench guns since back in the 70's. with no problems. The varnish only happens when you have had another oil or grease on the firearm as WD-40 which will cause the other lubricant to break down and coagulate. If the firearm is cleaned of all lubricants the WD will not cause any varnish. I never use any grease or heavy oils on any of my firearms as they attract dirt. I use Breakfree or FP-10 for some applications, most general lube is done with marvel mystery oil or ATF fluid. For heavy contact Mobil 1 synthetic is good. For outer weather protection I use a good paste car wax.
     
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    Wasn't somebody using transmission fluid?
     
  12. X-Rap

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    I've used it for years to wipe down my guns after handling or use, I keep an old rag soaked up with the stuff and just wipe down the gun before putting it up. Every now and then I'll spray some more on the rag.
    It works as a light solvent as well but there are probably better products for specific chores.
    I've never seen it harm a gun and as a rust preventative I can say I don't have rusty guns.
     
  13. jimmyraythomason

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    Here it is again.....<http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=10700/learn/Gun-Cleaning-Clinic-Knowing-the-Limits-of-Rust-Preventatives>
     
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    I use it on garden tools or multitools or anything that gets hosed down with water after heavy use. For guns, there are better products.
     
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    I don't use WD40. It gums up everything I have used it on in the past. I use Breakfree or LPS2, I swear they are the same, as my wipedown lube and rust preventer. It dries after application. I have never had a rust problem using them. If something needs grease, I use Militec grease. If I need oil on something at the range, I have a bottle of Militec oil in my shooting box....chris3
     
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    I've used regular WD-40 since the very early 1970s on all my firearms. No rust,no gum,no problems.
     
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    Clearly the OP (and the folks at WD-40) are on to something.

    +1 on the caveat of old-fashioned WD-40. It most certainly will "shellac" over time. I used it on 6 or 7 razor blades that I had stored in the handle of the good ole Stanley knife. A year or so later they were all glued together with this brown varnish-like substance. A quick soak and rubdown with CLP cleared it right up but it was very gummy inside there beforehand. Stay away from old fashioned WD-40 on guns...at least one that will be stored for very long.

    This new product looks to be of interest to us all however. Maybe something like CLP or EEZOX perhaps?
     
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    It wont if you dont pool it up and let it dry. If you use it correctly it will not gum.
    It wont hurt your guns. New formula or old.
     
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    If you want rust protection during long term storage use Johnson paste wax on the external surfaces.

    WD40 works fine for the internals, but it will build up if you keep applying in excess.I like to spray the internals and used compressed air to remove the excess.
     
  20. jbstratman

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    The letters 'WD' stand for 'Water Displacing'. Look it up.

    I sprayed down a shot gun years ago with it and it turned to varnish (the wd40 not the shotgun) and had to take it to a gunsmith to get the barrel loose.

    Gunzilla is all I use now . . .

    WD-40 won't 'hurt' your guns but there are a lot better choices out there today . . .
     
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    Generally I like anything with a number it it's name

    WD-40
    Hoppe's #9
    7-Up
    Jack Daniel's old No. 7

    I recommend them all. not necessarily in that order.
     
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    WD-40 is not for use on guns. It will cause you long term problems.
     
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    Well.........no wonder their stock is holding steady. :D

    I had been wondering who was using it all.
     
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    I used it for many, many years, without any issues. As jimmyraythomason stated, if you use it properly, you wont have any problems with gumming or varnishing.

    These days, I still use it for a bunch of things, but I dont use it much on my guns anymore. While I rarely had rust issues with WD40 (not including guns that were carried here), I think Eezox is a better choice when it comes to rust prevention.
     
  25. chevyforlife21

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    I am talking the specialist stuff it's 12 bucks for a small can
     
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