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02-04-2013 05:47 PM
chucklesR
Re: Wd40

T9 as a lubricate is the #1 thing I reach for.
02-04-2013 05:38 PM
Philzy3985
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.
02-04-2013 03:44 PM
kellysails
Re: Wd40

+1 on MCLUBE, I use it on my Strong Track system, really works and no mess.
02-03-2013 10:26 PM
transmitterdan
Re: Wd40

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Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
Do any of you lube experts use McLube sailcoat for your mast tracks, blocks etc?
MCLUBE Sailkote Dry Lubricant at West Marine
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.
02-03-2013 09:18 PM
CalebD
Re: Wd40

Do any of you lube experts use McLube sailcoat for your mast tracks, blocks etc?
MCLUBE Sailkote Dry Lubricant at West Marine
02-03-2013 07:28 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Wd40

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.
02-03-2013 05:41 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Wd40

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
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.
02-03-2013 05:15 PM
SloopJonB
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.
02-03-2013 05:11 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Wd40

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Originally Posted by deltaten View Post
The "wd" in WD-40's name stands for "water displacement. the 40 means it is/was the 40th formula..or attempt. Makes me wonder if it's soooo good; why did it take 40 tries!
For all that, it works as intended; but not for much else. It is a modified fish oil in a specific carrier. It *will* dry up and turn waxy if left on a surface; usually to end up gumming the works.
It will not prevent rust, release stuck bolts or lubricate anything better than the proper solution for a specific problem. Mostly just that it's handy and universal. There are better/newer products for each issue; but none are usually to hand when ya need 'em.
Edison took over 10,000 attempts to get the light bulb working.

WD40 is mostly just kerosene.
02-03-2013 05:02 PM
jrophoff
Re: Wd40

The best stuff I found for breaking things loose is kroil penetrating oil. I bought off amazon. It even lubricates too.
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