Lotus Elan

WD40 Alternatives

PostPost by: tonyabacus » Fri Dec 31, 2021 9:52 pm

Searched the forums but found nothing, when we had the workshop we used a product that was extremely good and far more so than WD40, but unfortunately that was some time ago now and my memory can't recall the name of the product. This stuff used to penetrate and break down some of the rust to loosen parts rather than just lubricate it, so any suggestions please
Thanks
Tony
tonyabacus
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 204
Joined: 16 Sep 2003

PostPost by: friedy » Fri Dec 31, 2021 10:55 pm

I used to use plusgas before WD40 came out
User avatar
friedy
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 68
Joined: 06 Sep 2011
Location: Hadleigh, Essex

PostPost by: bitsobrits » Sat Jan 01, 2022 2:44 pm

A mechanic friend put me on to an AC Delco product:
Attachments
IMG_0805.jpeg and
Steve

Elan S1 1963-Bourne bodied
Elan S3 1967 FHC pre airflow

Formerly:
Elan S1 1964
Elan S3 1966 FHC pre airflow
Elan S3 1967 FHC airflow
Elan S4 1969 FHC
Europa S2 1970
Esprit S2 1979
bitsobrits
Third Gear
Third Gear
 
Posts: 366
Joined: 27 Apr 2011
Location: Omaha, NE area

PostPost by: SENC » Sat Jan 01, 2022 4:08 pm

I've had good luck with Kroil
Henry
69 Elan S4
65 Seven S2
SENC
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 923
Joined: 30 Dec 2015
Location: NC

PostPost by: Grizzly » Sat Jan 01, 2022 4:30 pm

Duck oil in a liter pump-up sprayer is my go to penetrating oil (it's been around for donkey's years). I have a tin of Gt85 in my cars toolbox too which is good stuff.
Chris
User avatar
Grizzly
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2041
Joined: 13 Jun 2010
Location: Cheshire/UK

PostPost by: elated » Sat Jan 01, 2022 5:02 pm

The long-standing homemade trick of diluting pas fluid with acetone has served me well.
elated
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 91
Joined: 21 Jan 2011

PostPost by: Elan45 » Sat Jan 01, 2022 5:43 pm

+1 on Kroil. Good stuff and I just found it also comes in a pint can in addition to the aerosole cans I've used for years. If I can't find Kroil, several of the auto parts stores sell PB Blaster, which is better than WD 40, which is not really a derusting agent.

Roger
'67 Elan S3 SS DHC
'67 Elan FHC pre-airflow
'67 Elan S3 SE upgrade to 26R by Original owner
'58 Eleven S2 (ex-works)
'62 20/22 FJ (ex-Yamura)
'70 Elan +2S RHD
'61 20 FJ project
'76 Modus M1 F3
Elan45
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 989
Joined: 23 Nov 2008
Location: Ohio, USA

PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sat Jan 01, 2022 9:41 pm

Acetone with any oil for me...

John ;-)
User avatar
john.p.clegg
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 5826
Joined: 21 Sep 2003
Location: Manchester

PostPost by: tonyabacus » Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:01 pm

Thanks guys, some of the old tricks can be as good if not better than some modern day products, so thank you all
Tony
tonyabacus
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 204
Joined: 16 Sep 2003

PostPost by: au-yt » Mon Jan 10, 2022 6:45 am

There is a product that it very good for rustY exhaust studs in aviation, called, ....mouse milk, YEP seriously but I’m use Acetone and ATF,
https://www.mousemilk.com/Mousemilk_Penetrating_Oil_(EU)_EN_sds.pdf
LOTUS Evora 400
Ginetta G27 S2
66 one-off 2.6Ltr v8 Mid-engine Berlinetta Coupe........... in restoration
..................................................Age doesn't matter unless you are a cheese................................................
au-yt
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 208
Joined: 11 Mar 2014
Location: Bowral NSW Australia

PostPost by: jono » Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:18 pm

Even though it's not sold as a penetrating fluid I've discovered that GT85 is very good, much more so that WD40 in terms of freeing off rusty bits.

Aldi often have it on special for £2 a tin.
jono
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1872
Joined: 17 May 2007
Location: The wet bit in the top corner of England

PostPost by: cabc26b » Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:50 pm

My preference is to buy old cars from dry/arid climates , when I can't I have been using PB Blaster to help with rusty fasteners , I save the WD40 for other uses.

PS- not sure if PB Blaster is distributed outside North America.
cabc26b
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 948
Joined: 21 Sep 2003

PostPost by: USA64 » Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:41 pm

I have read that the old timers (like my parents age we're talking really old) used kerosene (paraffin to the Brits). Thinking about it, it would seem about like acetone and oil; a mix of small and large molecules.
As an aside, I had an English bicycle (Rudge Supersport) with a hub gearchange. The service for the hub called for topping up with paraffin. I overheard, at the Bike Shop, of a customer that had melted some wax and poured it into his hub-changer! They seemed amazed that the guy had read the instructions and followed them! :roll:
We are supposed to be having fun, are we not?
USA64
Third Gear
Third Gear
 
Posts: 244
Joined: 10 Dec 2017
Location: USA NJ

PostPost by: tonyabacus » Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:44 pm

Hey, what's this old timer bit, we may look a bit wrinkled but that's only on the outside, inside we are full of beans and these wrinkled containers have a lot of useful info stored up inside them, as shown by some comments above.

So beware old timers can bite back, old timers indeed, whatever is this forum coming to.!! :lol:
tonyabacus
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 204
Joined: 16 Sep 2003

PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:00 pm

friedy wrote:I used to use plusgas before WD40 came out


Plusgas is different and is to release rusted things. WD40 is only a Water Dispersant.
Plusgas is the one to used on rusted nuts and screws. WD40 is just to smell nice :shock:
Alan
Alan.b Brittany 1972 elan sprint fhc Lagoon Blue 0460E
alan.barker
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2844
Joined: 06 Dec 2008
Location: BRITTANY FRANCE
Next

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests