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Re: Wd40

I've heard that 1/2 ATF and 1/2 acetone is a fabulous penetrant but haven't needed any since I learned about it. I've seen claims that it will even free up stainless fasteners locked into aluminium parts.
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I've heard that 1/2 ATF and 1/2 acetone is a fabulous penetrant but haven't needed any since I learned about it. I've seen claims that it will even free up stainless fasteners locked into aluminium parts.
I've not hear that, but you sure wouldn't want it to spill on anything. Especially anything painted or plastic.
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Yes, you'd need to be neat with it but I wish I knew about it when I disassembled my 40 year old mast. Might have saved me a couple of hammers.
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Re: Wd40

Do any of you lube experts use McLube sailcoat for your mast tracks, blocks etc?
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Do any of you lube experts use McLube sailcoat for your mast tracks, blocks etc?
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Yes, McLube works great on sail track. It dries quickly and doesn't make a mess. I put it on the main sail slides about once a month and they always go up and down the track effortlessly.

I found another unexpected use for it recently when I had to pull and re-bed a chain plate. The plate would come up only about 1 inch and then stick in the 5200 bedding. I sprayed McLube from below and coated the bottom half. Once the lubed part moved up into the bedding it slid right through. No oily mess. This is good stuff and useful on boats.
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+1 on MCLUBE, I use it on my Strong Track system, really works and no mess.
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Re: Wd40

+1 on McLube for the sail track.

Had a pro rigger tell me never to use WD40 on anything. He said there is something better for whatever you're using it on (engine or rigging) and he gave me a can of T9. That seems pretty good for unlocking stuck nuts/bolts and stays on as a lubricant as well. Just his opinion, I haven't done much else research.
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T9 as a lubricate is the #1 thing I reach for.
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