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Old 03-14-2016, 03:26 PM   #71
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Re: WD-40 as After Run Oil for Big Glow Engine

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I did not read every page here, but the MSDS will tell what is in it. I think it is mostly a kerosene or stoddart solvent, with a bit of propellant which is likely propane, or butane. I think there is a perfume to mask the scent of the kero. I used to use 3 in 1 oil for long term storage, but I just turned over an old OS .29 speed with a steel lapped P/C, which was sitting for maybe 30 years. It was either 3 in 1 or trans oil. Pretty sure at that time I used 3 in 1. I checked every year or so to make sure it was not seized by turning the shaft a bit, but not to the top of the piston, so there would be no scrapes from dirty oil. Wouldn't you know the oil dried up to a tar that could not be taken off with acetone, brake cleaner, or fuel. It needed scraping. Other motors that I left alone were fine. To get back on subject though, Kero will evaporate away after a few months I would say, and that is the main ingredient of WD 40. I normally use nothing in gas motors when storing them. (Glow stuff too unless it is high nitro) Just drain the tank and don't run them dry so the diaphram stays moist, and the fuel does not get stale. They are normally hard to start in the spring because of the stale fuel, and the 2 stroke oil that hardens on all the internals. I am talking weedwackers and chain saws here as I am not one of the gasser plane generation. Just to edit this, I typed in here because the wife just wiped down all the cupboards and the stainless steel fridge and stove which had lots of hardened grease that would not come off with all her normal household chemicals, and even brake cleaner and automotive grease and wax remover. The WD is making her smile.
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