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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-23-2003, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question Rust Prevention w/ WD-40?

So does anyone else get pissed off when seeing rust? Following advice from a Hornet site, I decided to spray WD-40 on most of the metal parts where rust tends to appear. I then wiped down the parts with a cloth so as to leave a thin coating. While riding the following week, salt spray from wet roads got all over my bike. I just began cleaning the bike today and haven't seen the rust damage that I expected.

Anyone else use WD-40 in this manner?
Any other products out there to prevent rust?

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The manual for my Jet Ski states to spray down surfaces with WD-40 to prevent rust during storage. It works great.
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I use Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish. It can be put on all parts, even the rubber and such, and leaves a protective film including UV inhibitors. I ride my '90 CBR in every kind of weather and at 71,000 miles (all in the last four years) it still has many people thinking it's new. Most are amazed when they realize the vintage as well as the miles. All I do is wash it with dish soap, dry it with a towel, run a couple of miles to blow out the water, and then a quick wipe down with the spray applied sparingly. Once a year or as required, I'll apply the stuff liberally to get it into all of the hard to reach areas. Applied directly it is an excellent brake dust and bug and tar remover. What's not commonly known is it's also good for athlete's foot and coughs due to colds.

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Dish soap will strip the wax off your bodywork.
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Dish soap will strip the wax off your bodywork.
True, but using the polish each wash handles that. The stuff is so easy to use I don't worry about it.

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I'll testify to Dad bike looking super clean and just like new. Dad showed up at a track event with the CBR and it looked like it just came out of storage for the past 12 years.
I started using WD/40 to get some bugs off the front for my bike and it worked great, I waxed over it afterwards. I've done this numerous times and the paint is fine.

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Thanks for your support GS. That stuff does everything WD-40 does, plus some. All of the little stuff like bolt heads, master cylinder fasteners, joints, levers and hardware, etc. just stay nice. Plus, two to three cans get me through a year. Another no-no I do is use a soft paper towel to work with the cleaner. Washing it removes the gritty dirt so it's not building up in your polish cloth, then a direct spray on the tough stuff with the broader areas getting coated from the residual in the towel, and a final quick rub from a clean towel to polish up the main parts. Good luck.

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are you aware that the military invented WD40 to prevent oxidation on ICBM's. WD40 stands for Water Displacment-40

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Water Displacement

Yes thats what WD-40 is primarily for. I don't think it prevents rust very well though, aside from removing the water. I would use a spray like rust check, or something of that nature thats designed to leave a coating to protect from rust.
I grabbed some white silicone grease spray to spray on my hard to reach and clean metal parts on the bike (the spots you can't see). I use WD-40 for water removal from my chain, and other spots it can creep in with rain riding, and then I use Rust Check, or a penetrating oil to leave a protective coating on exposed visible surfaces.
I just wish they would make everything out of aluminum and stainless on the bike. I would pay an extra grand or two for that.
I am a rust NAZI, I hate it and it drives me crazy to see it.
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There are all kinds of legends about the invention of WD-40. Its not as good as it use to be though. They've changed it a bit. No more propane for a propellant. It works good for displacing water. I use Thrust from Castle. It clears water just as well but seems to prevent rust a bit better. I regularly wipe down metal parts with the stuff. Not the iron rotors though.
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