Why I don't use WD-40 on amplifier electronics

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  1. Triton Thrasher

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    WD40 smells ok, but the best smell ever is hot tractor kerosene.
     
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    I work on jet engines, if a screw or nut is too rusty to be removed or you afraid that it might broke during removal and this means that the whole engine will have to come down from the aircraft, you tread it with WD40. This thing is extremely penetrative and is very good for specific works done , WD40 leaves oily film behind and this is not good for potentiometers.
     
  3. Jim Dep

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    I know from people that mistakenly used it as a lubricant for the older electro-mechanical pinball machine relay switches, WD-40 leaves a residue that turns into an adhesive after a couple years or so. That's the opposite of what it should do. I might use it as a quick fix for a rusty gate, but NO WAY would I spray onto amplifier parts.
     
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    Put a drop on ur fishing lure.
    There are fish oils in it and they love it
     
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    Also no Vaseline or WD-40 on my guitars. Vaseline traps moisture and causes rust on metal parts.
     
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    I don't know about fish oils but there was a salmon fishing video around years ago that promoted WD40. I thought it was irresponsible to use solvents in the water, however small the amount, but it sure was tempting...really tempting...I like to catch fish as much as any fisherman.

    (Edit...just noticed you're from Oshawa, ever fish Huron or Bruce Counties?)
     
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    +1 for Deoxit. That stuff is amazing for cleaning input jacks and connectors.
     
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    I use KY jelly
     
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    Only in the output jack.
     
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    Another vote for Deoxit. Used it to clean a few scratchy pots on my Blues Deluxe. It's magic as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    I used countless gallons of the stuff on the electronics of a former employer because they were too cheap to buy tuner cleaner. My belief is that scratchy pots need to be replaced, that 'cleaning' is at best a temporary fix. Now, that may stem from my having ruined them wholesale with WD40, or it may in fact be true, or any combination of the above. At any rate, the only time I ever spray controls in my own stuff is when I want to preserve what's there because it's valuable or rare.
     
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    I read that WD 40 can be rubbed into the joints of stiff arthritic knees, elbows, etc. and it is a big relief to some, according to the article. Perhaps the guy mentioned, that uses it on the necks of his guitars, is nipping stiff joints in the bud. ???
     
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    wow...

    i have used it for years on pots and never had a problem...

    they are still behaving like they are factory fresh...

    Radio Shack Tuner Cleaner/Lube leaves a film of
    white mineral oil...wonder what that can do?
     
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    Yep, well known fact that WD40 contains fish oil.

    I heard about spraying it on your lures to attract fish. Is that legal?
     
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    I thought we only did that in Europe (Joan of Arch). Glad to see you guys too are only human!
     
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    A far cry from the Blue Stuff, isn't it? ;)
     
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    I use it after I play for more than a few minutes, and definitely after sweaty gigs - spray some onto a cloth, wipe over and under the strings, then wipe off excess with a clean cloth. Then maybe a quick rub over with Fast Fret. My strings last for ages this way and I've had no nasty side effects to me or my guitars.
     
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    That's what I was wondering. So someone is suggesting that it's not OK to do that anymore? I've got all this wood piled here for NOTHING ?!!
     
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    My friend does the same with generic no-name-brand silicon spray. He sprays the whole neck before and after the gig. He has been doing this for at least 20 years. I can't find any kind of damage no matter how hard I try.
     
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    Silicone is very different.
    If he ever wants to refinish that guitar he's going to have to prep it like it's been soaked in butter!
     
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