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davidbetterman's avatar

Is WD 40 a lubricant?

Asked by davidbetterman (7545points) February 22nd, 2010

I understand it is more a water displacer and doesn’t oil (lube) anything.

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phil196662's avatar

_W_ater _D_isplacement formulation # 40 made in the- I believe the 1930’s to loosen nuts and bolts and lubricate them so you can loosen them. I would then add a lubricant after its use for long rage reliability like Teflon.

erichw1504's avatar

If you check out the Wikipedia page for it, in the box on the right you’ll see it is classified under lubrication. The official site also mentions that it is a lubricant.

erichw1504's avatar

@Lightlyseared Way to nail it on the head there!

susanc's avatar

A certain KIND of lubricant. Keep it out in the garage.

janbb's avatar

Works for us!

phil196662's avatar

@erichw1504 ; light lubricant in my thoughts, must be replaced with something appropriate for the job!

erichw1504's avatar

@phil196662 That’s what she said.

phil196662's avatar

Good one, and you took care of it…with the proper application device!

TheLoneMonk's avatar

That little straw is perfect for lubricating the, ummm, pipe. ouch

grumpyfish's avatar

WD-40 makes a good lubricant, and a good rust remover, but it is a very light lubricant, and doesn’t tend to stick around on things.

That is, it’s a good lubricant if you need something lubed for a short time, etc. However, 3-in-1 oil is much better for most things that need lubricated. Well, except for that.

andrew's avatar

If what you’re using already has grease on it, then WD-40 is not going to work for you. I use WD-40 to strip and clean my bike chain, then proper grease for lubrication.

Still, it works well for those squeaky door hinges.

JessicaisinLove's avatar

WD40 is not a lubricant but some people sue it as such.

BoBo1946's avatar

Lot of people “swear by WD40,” for helping arthritis. loll…really!

faye's avatar

I tried it for arthritis and I couldn’t stand the smell of myself so had to wash it off before it might have worked.

Buttonstc's avatar

And here I thought Bobo was only joking.

I have arthritis and no cartilage left in my knees, but I would never consider using WD 40.

I know for sure I couldn’t stand the smell. That’s so funny :)

susanc's avatar

I love the smell of WD-40. I have arthritis. Is this a joke?

jerv's avatar

Nope. Dead serious, some people do use WD40 for their arthritis. You can’t make this stuff up!
There is no proof that it actually works (and quite a bit that it doesn’t) but still, many people swear by it.

Personally, I prefer PB Blaster for my penetrating needs. Either that or a Barret Light-50 :P

john65pennington's avatar

Remember this after you are older and arthritis kicks in: WD-40 works great on human joints. especially, human knees. spray a little WD-40 in your hands and rub on both knees. it works. i do not know how it works. but, it works. it is a lubricant? i would say so, at least its stated that way on the can.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@jerv Barret light 50 is very penetrating

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