WD-40 for cleaning guns?

WD-40 for cleaning guns?

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    Question WD-40 for cleaning guns?

    Anyone here just use WD-40 to clean their weapons? That's all I've been using, except adding gun oil or gun grease as needed.

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    To me it’s a little light to cut the baked on crud from the heat generated and as a lube for ifs fine as a water displacement like when hunting but the smell is a bit much for me as an everyday use oiler

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    WD sprayed on a applicator or rag and then used maybe, ok...... From what I've seen of it in the past, it is a dust attractor, especially if sprayed on. I used Hoppes #9 to clean, and CDL sparingly to lube. But that's just the way I was taught by my dad.
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    It actually works pretty well, but the smell, that smell. Now Hoppes, smells like fresh baked bread to me.

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    would never recommend using WD-40 on any gun..over time,will gum up like glue..too many good lubes and cleaners to use over WD-40...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crue2009 View Post
    would never recommend using WD-40 on any gun..over time,will gum up like glue..too many good lubes and cleaners to use over WD-40...
    +1

    I use Hoppes #9 and RemOil
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    WD40 maybe in the end of the world scenario but as long as walfart is still open for biz, I use Hoppes #9 and RemOil. Sometimes i use a little white lithium on the slide. I have used WD40 before but it doesn't remove the grime like hoppes does and i don't feel it's an adequate lubricant either.
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    WD40 is about the best thing there is for getting stickum from labels (like price tags) off, and maybe as a first-cut solvent for attacking rust, but precious little else, in my book. It evaporates quickly and leaves little behind in the way of lubricant. So if it works for you for cleaning, go for it, but it's not a lubricant you can count on for your guns.
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    I use WD 40 to clean the gun, and then wipe it clean before I add FP-10 or Mobil 1. Never had any issues.
    The only reason I use FP-10 is it smells like a gun lube....unlike Mobil 1 which works just fine. Remoil burns off in....about as long as it takes me to clean my gun and walk to my car. Quit using it when I moved to Florida. Not made for our hot summers. I know it supposedly has some Teflon properties that should stay after the oil burns off.....but I have not found that to be the case. A gun lubed with Remoil will be completely bone dry with absolutely no evidence of lubrication after being stored in the trunk of a car in Florida on a sunny day for just a couple of hours.
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    WD stands for Water Deterrent.

    If you use it in the first cycle of cleaning, make sure you use a very good lube afterwards to counteract the dry exposed metal.

    It was designed to remove rust and moisture from aircraft grade metal and electronic parts. IT IS NOT A LUBE for going into 'Action' or long term storage.
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    Not a fan of it, or CLP type lubes. I use #9 and foaming cleaner to clean, Gunscrubber to remove that. To lube I use mostly X1-R grease. I use hardware store silicone spray on exteriors and such. For storage I use RIG grease and Gunslick Metal Seal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    WD stands for Water Deterrent.

    If you use it in the first cycle of cleaning, make sure you use a very good lube afterwards to counteract the dry exposed metal.

    It was designed to remove rust and moisture from aircraft grade metal and electronic parts. IT IS NOT A LUBE for going into 'Action' or long term storage.
    I agree with all you said except what the WD stands for: It actually stands for Water Displacement-Recipe 40. I was told this is because it took 40 different tries to get it where they wanted it.
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