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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:21 pm 
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First, we need to know that WD-40 AIN'T oil, it's barely a lubricant. It's a WATER-DISPLACEMENT substance. That's how it got it's name. It should help prevent rust on guitar strings but wouldn't you wanna change strings before rust sets in? (sorry Neil).


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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:41 pm 
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Non-lint cloth and a light acetone solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:21 pm 
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Re-occurring nightmares of WD-40 being linked to "Bigsby jobs!"

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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:23 am 
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The title of this thread makes me cringe every time I see it.

And here I am causing it to be bumped to the top again.

Make it stop. Just NOBODY use WD-40 near the finish of any RIC instrument. Please.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:35 am 
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Somehow I don't think acetone on any guitar finish would be good..... nor plastic.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:33 am 
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Somehow I don't think acetone on any guitar finish would be good..... nor plastic.


Oh no!

Acetone has a highly available and always quick, ready commerial use as nail polish remover! Something to think about.

Now think of that precious Ric finish!!!
Even micro droplets of it (and as carefully pre-cautioned as one could possibly be), are almost bound to make some contact with it.

And put a piece of plastic into acetone and it will very often soften or even melt.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:49 am 
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Very true.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:04 am 
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There's neither acetone nor silicones in WD-40- see the MSDS here:

http://www.virginia.edu/uvaprint/MSDS%2 ... /WD-40.pdf

Best thing to use for cleaning your guitar and strings after playing is a soft cloth. If you have particularly sweaty hands, and a corrosive body pH, you might want to use some sort of harmless cleaner.

Rule of thumb: If someone sells it for guitar use in a tiny bottle for a high price, it can be purchased in a large botltle under a generic name very cheaply. Head over to your local Rockler's or other woodworking store and you'll find Prelude Orange Oil cleaner designed for woodwork for about $9 for a quart. My luthier has okayed it for my double bass, which is a lot more delicate than my 330/12 ;-)



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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:02 am 
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Someone had used WD 40 on a Harmony wallhanger I got from a pawnshop, and even 8 years later the strings still smell of it.If I play it(almost never) my hands stink afterwards.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it safe to use WD-40 when cleaning strings?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:58 am 
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MJE, an MSDS only lists hazardous ingredients. (Material Safety Data Sheet, you know).

So, WD-40 is shown as having a number of (hazardous) solvents which are petroleum-based aliphatic hydrocarbons. These are what give it its de-stink-tive odor.

The next item on the sheet is CO2--carbon dioxide, which is the propellant.

Non-hazardous ingredients are not detailed or broken-down, but are listed as "<10%".

Guess what? Silicone.

Anyone who doubts the veracity of my statement re: silicone in WD-40, is welcome to try to spraypaint anything which has had some WD-40 sprayed, wiped, or otherwise transmitted onto its surface, without first treating it thoroughly with a wax, grease, and silicone remover.

As far as acetone being present in WD-40, this is not true. There is no telltale acetone odor, and for the most part, WD-40 will not damage a painted finish, as long as it isn't allowed to soak.

My own favorite material for wiping down fretboards, strings and necks in order to counteract corrosion and preserve frets and strings, is Dr. Stringfellow's Lem-Oil. It is naphtha and citrus-based. The naphtha evaporates and the less-volatile citrus oils remain. This is what I also recommend to people who consider their Rickenbacker necks to feel "sticky" for wehatever reason. This stuff really speeds up the neck surface without resorting to steel-wool or Scotch-Brite to dull the gloss.

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