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12-23-2008 12:59 PM  8 years agoPost 1
dickarthur

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Can you use WD40 to lubricate the bearings and slides on a Trex? What do you recommend and where do you get it?
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12-23-2008 01:00 PM  8 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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You can but you'll have better luck with light machine oil on the sliders, something like sewing machine, air tool, or turbine oil.

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12-23-2008 01:07 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Tugnut

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I am sure i saw a post saying about wd40 can eat plastics in the end?

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12-23-2008 01:21 PM  8 years agoPost 4
TRACERBOB

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I wouldn't do that. WD-40 dries/evaporates and leaves a gummy residue. Use a good machine oil like triflow or 3n1 oil.

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12-23-2008 01:41 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Gyronut

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What Bob said.

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12-23-2008 02:51 PM  8 years agoPost 6
JRjoe

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triflow


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12-23-2008 03:26 PM  8 years agoPost 7
StevenT

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triflow.

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12-23-2008 03:32 PM  8 years agoPost 8
HeliFisher

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Congrats on the new status StevenT! ^^^^^

Oh yeah...
Triflow!

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12-23-2008 03:33 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Steff Giguere

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Triflow here too.

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12-23-2008 06:29 PM  8 years agoPost 10
JetFire

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Is TriFlow hobby specific or can find at HomeDepot etc. ?


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12-23-2008 06:33 PM  8 years agoPost 11
cdrking

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I just bought some at the local bike shop.

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12-23-2008 08:56 PM  8 years agoPost 12
TaleGunner

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Tri Flo Here too I get it at ACE Hardware

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12-23-2008 09:32 PM  8 years agoPost 13
nitrojunkie

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Tri Flow....WD40 really is not a lubricant it is a water dryer hence the name WD 40.It stands for WaterDryer 40th formulation.

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12-24-2008 02:32 AM  8 years agoPost 14
StevenT

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Thanks HeliFisher. It will be a long while before the next promotion.

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12-24-2008 06:06 AM  8 years agoPost 15
Sonic88

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.It stands for WaterDryer 40th formulation.
I had always heard it stood for "Water Displacement".

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12-24-2008 06:26 AM  8 years agoPost 16
Dood

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Thats correct. Taken right from WD-40's website:
What does WD-40® stand for?

WD-40 literally stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt. That's the name straight out of the lab book used by the chemist who developed WD-40 back in 1953. The chemist, Norm Larsen, was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion-a task which is done by displacing water. Norm's persistence paid off when he perfected the formula on his 40th try. Please see Our History for more information.
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And it most certainly IS a lubricant (among other things)

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12-24-2008 11:29 AM  8 years agoPost 17
Frank Bostwick

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WD40 is a great product but it is a very poor lube. Do not use it around bearings, it will breakdown and wash out bearing greese. use it as a cleaning solvent only.

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12-24-2008 01:35 PM  8 years agoPost 18
supertigre

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WD40

WD40 is mostly solvents closely related to Kerosene, and a little light petroleum oil. It is not a good thing for bearings because it takes a while for the solvent (NOT a lubricant) to evaporate and once it does, the oil left behind soon turns to a sticky mess. From their MSDS:

3 - Composition/Information on Ingredients
Ingredient CAS # Weight Percent
Aliphatic Hydrocarbon 64742-47-8
64742-48-9
64742-88-7
45-50%
Petroleum Base Oil 64742-65-0 15-25%
LVP Aliphatic Hydrocarbon 64742-47-8 12-18%
Carbon Dioxide 124-38-9 2-3%
Non-Hazardous Ingredients Mixture <10%

Triflow is a good choice for lightly loaded bearings. Light skate bearing grease is probably a lot better in the long run. Or something like Mobil 28.

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12-24-2008 03:51 PM  8 years agoPost 19
smallplanes

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Bike shop TRIFLOW $15 for a 6oz bottle. I just bought some Wed. My old bottle got hard and was no longer a liquid,just a paste. I use syntec brake grease for bearings and triflow on orings and shafts.

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12-24-2008 11:22 PM  8 years agoPost 20
roadsurfer69

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What about silicone spray, is it any better? I am glad I looked at this site and posting, I was just about to use some wd-40 just before I read this post. So thank you all for your comments.

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