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WHY IS THE WD-40 SO BAD?

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WHY IS THE WD-40 SO BAD?

Postby Nigromante » Tue Dec 09, 2003 8:09 am

I've notice from my reading that WD-40 use in locks is a highly discouraged practice. Why so? Just wondering and my new pick set i'm working on is beginning to look beautiful I think i might cry.

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Postby WR » Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:16 am

From my experience WD40 acts primarly as a degreaser (although touted as a lunricator, these effects are very short term) so if u use it in a lock the chances are that after a short amount of time it will make the pins stiffer or no easier to pick
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Postby Pheniox » Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:25 am

it also collects dust and dirt, gumming up the pins
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Postby Nigromante » Tue Dec 09, 2003 12:06 pm

Thanks guys for the information. I really appreciate it. I just want to say thanks everybody for the great information you've put on this forum. Its really been a lot of help.
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Postby Dark Angel » Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:11 am

Using a silicone based lubricant is always a good idea

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Postby I_Man10000 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 9:15 am

well, one of the other alternatives is powdered graphite.
Powdered graphite is extremely fine and is an excellent lubricant :)
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Postby Pheniox » Wed Dec 10, 2003 9:21 am

but, in the hands of someone who has never used it before, it COULD jam up the lock.

not something good to start out with.
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Postby Nigromante » Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:28 pm

I've used graphite before so I know how to use it so how much would you recommend to use? Also this art is the one thing that will teach me great patience. I've been working on a lock for sometime now and I just can't seem to get it. I keep setting the first pin but I just can seem to get the feel for the other pins. Again if you don't have patience and want to learn it take up lockpicking.
Isn't It Interesting That Our Safety And Peace of Mind Rely Upon 5 Pins no longer Than 3 mm Each?
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Postby I_Man10000 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:02 pm

just use a little squirt and you'll be fine, and if you put too much in, you should be able to blow it out easily
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Postby cred » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:51 pm

were can you get this ghraphite from? :lol:
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Postby I_Man10000 » Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:05 am

well, usually you can find it at a hardware store like Rona, Home Hardware or Home Depot
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Postby Areomyst » Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:47 am

On (rare) occasion, I've rubbed a pencil on a piece of fine sandpaper so that the graphite collects... then fold the sand paper in half, so the graphite falls into the crease. Then blow it into the lock. Dunno other's opinions on this, but it's worked for me. Heh.

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Postby I_Man10000 » Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:59 am

well, that's quite a method... never thought of that one :idea:
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Postby Securityman » Wed Dec 31, 2003 5:09 am

I have been a Locksmith for over 21 years and have used WD-40 on every lock (except Medeco and other sidebar and high-security locks) that I have worked on. It does not attact dust (like silicone sprays) and cleans out the cylinder (unlike graphite) quite well.

So when someone says to use something else..... take it from me, there isn't anything better for the buck.
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Postby I_Man10000 » Wed Dec 31, 2003 9:43 am

good points, but how long will WD-40 actually work for?
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