WD-40 Lube or not?!

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WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby DavidT » 15 Mar 2015, 12:06pm

Over the years I've followed with interest the extensive discussions and POV on here about whether WD-40 is an effective lube or not.

I stumbled across this site this morning

http://www.wd40bike.com/

So no doubt the issue can now be resolved? :lol:

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby yakdiver » 15 Mar 2015, 12:46pm

I've been using WD 40 on my chain for years and I get around 6500 miles per chain, I think a lot of people are saying that it is not a lubricant are just repeating what other people have said before without even using it themselves, and YES I do know what the WD stands for.
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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby JonMcD » 15 Mar 2015, 12:58pm

Wikipedia lists the ingredients - loads of volatile solvents and some oil. Spray some WD-40 into a container and leave it a few days and you will see that what is left behind is quite a viscous oil. Rather odd that any mention of WD-40 on the web attracts "WD-40 IS NOT A LUBE" shouty comments. There may be better lubes, but it still lubricates.

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby reohn2 » 15 Mar 2015, 1:18pm

yakdiver wrote:I've been using WD 40 on my chain for years and I get around 6500 miles per chain, I think a lot of people are saying that it is not a lubricant are just repeating what other people have said before without even using it themselves, and YES I do know what the WD stands for.


My main gripe against WD40 is that it's mucky,in that it seems to attract road dirt etc when sprayed on chains or as a water displacer.
It's the main reason I stopped using it 15+years ago and went over to GT85 for WDing as it's so much cleaner in use and TF2 for chains for a good few years now.
In the OP's link I see WD are now producing a bike specific range of lubes etc,if I came across them in shop I'd maybe try it as chain lube but it'd have to be cheap,though previous experience may make me think twice.
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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby don1 » 15 Mar 2015, 2:38pm

Muc off do a decent one as well, I think it's called MO-94.
Although GT85 is my favourite, if not just because of the smell.

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby Mick F » 15 Mar 2015, 4:05pm

yakdiver wrote:I've been using WD 40 on my chain for years and I get around 6500 miles per chain, I think a lot of people are saying that it is not a lubricant are just repeating what other people have said before without even using it themselves, and YES I do know what the WD stands for.
Good luck with it.
It obviously works for you if you're happy with 6,500miles.

My advice is to not use it as a chain lubricant, because it's not a chain lubricant.
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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby Brucey » 15 Mar 2015, 4:17pm

which does rather beg the question 'what is a (good) chain lubricant?'

If there were obviously one good chain lubricant out there (rather than lots that each seem to work for some people and not for others) then the whole issue would be easily solved.....

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby nathb » 15 Mar 2015, 4:36pm

don1 wrote:Although GT85 is my favourite, if not just because of the smell.


+1 for GT85, great stuff.

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby Valbrona » 15 Mar 2015, 5:28pm

Dulls paintwork. I only use it when I am cleaning a bike part once it has been removed from a bike.
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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby willcee » 15 Mar 2015, 5:32pm

well.. in many good LBS, Stateside, you'll find a wall with a huge sign in a prominent position stating ....WD40 IS NOT A LUBRICANT!!!... as they say over there ''Go Figure'' and plus 1 on GT85.. will

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby 531colin » 15 Mar 2015, 8:22pm

willcee wrote:well.. in many good LBS, Stateside, you'll find a wall with a huge sign in a prominent position stating ....WD40 IS NOT A LUBRICANT!!!.....


Almost enough to make me start using it :mrgreen:

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby [XAP]Bob » 17 Mar 2015, 8:19am

DavidT wrote:Over the years I've followed with interest the extensive discussions and POV on here about whether WD-40 is an effective lube or not.

I stumbled across this site this morning

http://www.wd40bike.com/

So no doubt the issue can now be resolved? :lol:

Happy Cycling. (Personally, a TF2 user)


So none of those are actually WD40, except in marketing.
WD40 is a specific formulation - to use the name against other items is, well daft. That's like Ford deciding that the Mondeo is their best selling vehicle, so calling all of the cars the Mondeo...
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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby RogerThat » 17 Mar 2015, 8:29am

I must admit I don't really like WD40, it leaves a bit of a residue, attracts dust and dirt especially in the summer and it's lubricant properties seem to disappear the first hint of rain. FinishLine fine oil is my weapon of choice.

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby ambodach » 17 Mar 2015, 8:48am

I used WD40 on the gear linkage of an old Commer I used to have. Very convoluted with lots of ball joints. The Wd40 was ok for about a day and then made the change much worse as it washed out any lubricant and left a dry joint. Relubed with silicone spray and was then useable. IMO it is a good release agent but definitely not a lubricant.

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Re: WD-40 Lube or not?!

Postby RogerThat » 17 Mar 2015, 9:05am

WD is mostly white spirit, which explains it's ability to loosen rusted or seized parts, but it's rubbish imo for anything else.

A good bottle of bike dedicated light oil costs about £6 and lasts me a year, about 50p a month ;)