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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2015, 01:10:12 AM »


Nowt to do with "40 days", it was simply formula 40 from the lab notes during development.

It was on radio 4 a while back, with a chap from the company talking about WD-40.

I didn't hear that Andrew - too far back to still be on iPlayer ?

Perhaps 40 days was seen as limiting in some way by the current owners of the company - any old ex USAF techies in this parish ?

Too far back I think. It was one of those round table discussions about trade secrets with different companies. I only really remember the WD-40 bit.

Just checked on their website, and it's true,  http://www.wd40.co.uk/faq.html

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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2015, 09:21:34 AM »

I know That I am deviating from my own thread here and will probably lose valuable house points, but an elderly neighbour of mine in Devon always rubbed WD40 into her hands before starting her work on her farm...swore by it..
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2015, 11:25:11 AM »

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it was simply formula 40 from the lab notes during development

Which is why you have to wonder what went wrong with Preparations A to G.

WD-40 is a mix of low-molecular-weight oils.  It will be miscible with other non-polar liquids, but you need something of very low density to penetrate.  I'd try pentane, which you can get in small bottles as a stain remover (won't be labelled prominently by its chemical identity, you need to spend some time scanning the shelves and reading labels).  It won't remove the WD-40 but should spread it around in a less conspicuous blur, and will evaporate quickly.
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Re: WD40 Disaster
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2015, 01:28:54 PM »

Had a friend years ago who made a very good living making nailed together furniture from reclaimed timber, his finishing technique involved the light spraying of a very very dilute caustic soda which he then wiped off and then  after it was dry, wax. This gave an even finish to the timber and worked on a multitude of sins. I'd suggest a very fine sanding after if you went for this method and you could go with the oil idea and then wax applied with 000 wire wool to finish. The friend turned up years later incidentally as The Salvager/Le Salvager on Discovery Channel, Rico Daniels. All the Best mory
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2015, 01:14:48 AM »

My favourite 'reclaim' finish is to annoint with genuine creosote (shows the last time I did it, doubt the creosote substitute will work) then ignite, a few cycles and the result would convince most folk they were looking at something Elizabethan, which it was, just not the earlier one  ;)

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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2015, 11:03:37 AM »

Problem seems to be solved...got the lad round and showed him all the good advice offered here and he has decided to follow Mory's advice and use Danish Oil and wax. Gets me out of a fix (What idiot did that to your box?) but he's gone off with my oil and wax....
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2015, 03:35:32 PM »

Brilliant, what a great team we all are.
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2015, 09:19:47 PM »

I know Nick;gives you a warm glow doesn't it .......? (:)
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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2015, 10:02:40 PM »

Incidentally, I love the smell of WD40.  Reminds me of my Dad.  I did have a can rust out in the back of my car and leak all over the boot though.  Smelt lovely.  And I brought the can in and left it on the table because I thought it was leaking from the top not the bottom.  The leakage shined the table up a treat too.  :)
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #30 on: April 07, 2015, 08:21:27 AM »

Incidentally, I love the smell of WD40. 


Yeh, beats all those underarm deodorants and negates the linx effect for warding off unwanted affection when you would rather be practising.
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2015, 12:08:12 AM »

Solvent appreciation is OK but at what point does it become solvent abuse  ???

My all time favourite is genuine turpentine
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2015, 12:42:45 AM »

Queen, Queen Caroline
Washed her hair in turpentine
Turpentine to make it shine
Queen, Queen Caroline.

 I just thought you'd like to know.  ;D

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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #33 on: April 10, 2015, 01:28:23 AM »

That*s sweet Chris  (:) not come across it before - any idea where from ??

Solvent abuse - overcook your turpentine and get Stockholm Tar  ;D
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2015, 11:05:31 PM »

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"My favourite 'reclaim' finish is to annoint with genuine creosote.."

As an Amurrican... we have an understanding of creosote..an asphalt like substance..... is it the same on your island ?
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« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2015, 12:08:22 AM »

Close melodeon 

Creosote is (was, not available now) a refined fraction of coal gas distillate, a brown pungent smelling liquid between kerosene and diesel in viscosity at room temperature and used as a timber preservative especially telephone / telegraph / electric overhead wire poles and  at one time railroad ties. (what we think of as ashphalt is a heavier tar / pitch fraction that needs heating to pour, which is mixed with sand / chippings for road and path surfacing)

Hope that helps rebalance in some small amount the division of our nations through the common language ;)
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2015, 01:56:17 AM »

Yeah that's pretty much how I know it " brown pungent smelling liquid" , my dad work for boston edison ( electric co.) he had a couple of jugs around for dipping fence posts. when poles for wires are dipped and after some time parts of the liquid come to the surface and dry and looks like asphalt tar.
If you need some I know where to find some (:)
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« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2015, 02:30:47 AM »

Took two steam engines out of Poplar gas works in London in the early 1970's and had the offer of up to 3 million gallons of raw distillate from their underground reservoir, the truck with about 8 tons of engine on already only just managed to get 2 45 gallon drums back - over the years it ate its way through about 7 drums (steel) I brought a gallon home to treat the roof timbers of our new kitchen, it was in a plastic white spirit container, journey time 3/4 hour, the can had become very much like jelly - but nothing we treated with it has ever rotted.

We've a swing in the garden made from old railroad ties for my mum (86 this year), in a hot summer it still sweats creo. !

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« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2015, 03:50:48 AM »

in a hot summer it still sweats creo. !

Got to be careful, sounds like carcinogens  :o
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Re: WD40 Disaster
« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2015, 07:42:29 AM »

I think that's the reason it's now a banned substance.
  By the way, how's the box from the OP coming on?
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