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Forum topic by Steven Gaffin posted 647 days ago 726 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steven Gaffin

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647 days ago

Was looking at picking up a Lie-Nielsen Dovetail saw and was reading the maintenance information. They suggest spraying their saws with silicon spray in between use. It peaked my interest. I have always stuck with WD-40 just cause it never steered me wrong (especially since i live near the Gulf Coast). Theoretically Silicon Spray sounds viable but has anyone ever used it on their tools? what was the results?


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Tedstor

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#1 posted 647 days ago

I thought wd40 was silicon based. No?

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Steven Gaffin

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#2 posted 647 days ago

Straight from their website

“While the ingredients in WD-40 Multi-Use Product are secret, we can tell you what it does NOT contain. WD-40 Multi-Use Product does not contain silicone, kerosene, water, graphite, or chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).”

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#3 posted 647 days ago

wd 40 is fine, just need to do it more often. It will not cling like siicone will.

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 647 days ago

Silicon is not allowed in my shop. Can cause no end of problems with finishing. I do, howver, have a can of WD 40 in there.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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Steven Gaffin

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#5 posted 647 days ago

Fred, Any details on what it does to finishes?

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 646 days ago

WD-40 MSDS
http://www.wd40company.com/files/pdf/msds-wd494716385.pdf

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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crank49

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#7 posted 646 days ago

Silicon will cause “orange peel” in finishes I know for a fact. Been there, done that.
I won’t allow it in my shop either.
WD 40 is no problem.
Bees’ wax, paste wax, no problem.
I also use Marvel Mistery Oil on ocassion to lub bearings, drill chucks, etc. Try to keep it off direct contact with my work, however.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 646 days ago

The biggest problem I’e had is “fisheye”, that may be the same as crak’s orange peel. If you have silicon on something, you can get it off with MS (maybe), but the easiest solution (IMHO) may be to seal the entire contaminated surface with shellac.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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Wildwood

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#9 posted 646 days ago

I like mineral oil less than $2 at Wally World drug department. A petroleum product with out silicone

-- Bill

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 646 days ago

Fish-eye is different from Orange Peel , but neither of them are wanted in your finish !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Earlextech

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#11 posted 645 days ago

Wildwood (Bill) is exactly right. Mineral oil will never cause any problems. No other oil ever comes close to my woodworking.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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