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Forum topic by Steven Gaffin posted 10-02-2012 09:16 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steven Gaffin

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10-02-2012 09:16 PM

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 10-02-2012 09:20 PM

I thought wd40 was silicon based. No?

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 09:22 PM

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 10-02-2012 09:28 PM

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 10-02-2012 09:28 PM

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.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 09:29 PM

Fred, Any details on what it does to finishes?

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#6 posted 10-02-2012 10:11 PM

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

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#7 posted 10-02-2012 10:13 PM

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 10-03-2012 12:52 PM

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.

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#9 posted 10-03-2012 01:57 PM

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

-- Bill

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 08:31 PM

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

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 06:28 PM

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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