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Pros/Cons of WD-40 on components(13 posts)

Pros/Cons of WD-40 on componentscydswipe
Jun 6, 2002 2:49 PM
I ran out of cleaner today and went to my LBS. I picked up some Wrench Force Orange Peelz cleaner. I thought I would give it a try. I put it up where my daughter can't find/reach it and found the old WD-40. Can this be used on components? Am I missing the boat or avoiding disaster?
re: Pros/Cons of WD-40 on componentsmwood
Jun 6, 2002 3:33 PM
WD40 contains solvent and is also just about the biggest dust/dirt/debris magnet you can find...I'd leave it just where you found it, unless you need to "free up" some sticky STI shifters, which is the only thing I would use it for on a bike.
It's basically aerosol keroseneKerry
Jun 6, 2002 4:45 PM
It is not a lube. Spray some on a metal surface and let it evaporate, you'll see there's nothing left of any substance and certainly not a lube. WD-40 is fine for flushing out shifters and can serve as a reasonable chain cleaner. You have to then displace the WD-40 with a real lube. I've had good luck on shifters with a WD-40 flush followed by ProLink or TriFlow. TriFlow's "dirt magnet" character is not a problem in shifters. For a really dirty chain, you can use it to remove the gunk before wiping thoroughly and adding a real lube.
re: Pros/Cons of WD-40 on componentsStampertje
Jun 6, 2002 4:47 PM
I've been using it on my hybrid for a few years (500-1000 miles) without complaint - it just did the job. I've taken it off road as well. Keep it away from bearings, though.
I've used it for yearsNessism
Jun 6, 2002 5:48 PM
It works great to clean and displace moisture after washing. It's not much of a lube but then a strong lube isn't really needed anyway. Spray down the component and then wipe clean.

re: Pros/Cons of WD-40 on componentsAtombomber
Jun 6, 2002 6:29 PM
Avoid using around plastic or rubber parts. It will eat it. WD-40 also eats Loctite, so unless you want the threadlocking compound removed, don't use at those locations. I lost plenty of tiny pedal screws before I found out why.
WD-40 Hell Yeah! nmp chop
Jun 6, 2002 6:50 PM
3M 5-Way PenetrantBreakfast
Jun 7, 2002 1:06 AM
Forget WD-40! Try 3M 5-Way Penetrant, this stuff is basically kerosene in an aerosol can and you should know kerosene is one of the best cleaners and lubricants around.
actually, kerosene is a lousy lubricant (nm)Alexx
Jun 7, 2002 3:40 AM
actually, kerosene is a lousy lubricant (nm)Breakfast
Jun 7, 2002 9:24 AM
I'm not sure how good it really is. I know it leaves an oily residue and is a great solvent. I'd advocate following up with a chain lube product anyway.

Thanks for your perspective.

And what is (nm)?
nm=no messagetronracer
Jun 7, 2002 9:44 AM
To clean off excess JB Weigle's frame saverShad
Jun 7, 2002 6:54 AM
It's what they recommend for removing the excess gunk that has leaked onto the outside of the frame. Seems to work well for cleaning greasy gunk, such as a dirty chain, as mentioned previously.
a guy i worked with....rufus
Jun 7, 2002 8:25 AM
who knew absolutely nothing about cycling, bought one of those cheap walmart mongoose full suspension mountain bikes, and then destroyed it by using wd-40 as a lubricant on the bottom bracket, and who knows where else.

didn't say anything to his face, but i was laughing on the inside, as he was a bit of a dub.