Discussion in 'XD Gunsmithing and Maintenance' started by tonysoprano, May 26, 2009.
do you use wd40 on your pistol? whether to lubricate or coat the slide to protect from rust?
No, do not use wd40.
Not at all.
just curious why not?
The WD in WD40 is water displacement. It will help to remove water but if not removed itself can build up to a gummy substance. Not a good firearms lube.
Plus it will keep oils from adhearing to the metal which will call corrosion.
I don't use it for a lube, but if i was sweating while I was shooting, I sometimes wipe down the outsides of my guns with a little WD-40. I had a shooting instructor/resident gun nut back in scout camp who would only use WD-40 to wipe down the .22 Rifles. Cheap and it works great. Especially with all the little scout's fingerprints all over the guns.
WD40 is a good penetrating oil, but is only fair for rust prevention, unless used frequently. My grandfather used it on all kinds of things on the tuna boat he worked on in salt air/water, becasue it was pretty cheap and a good product Back In The Day (70's). It will not harm the metal parts of your firearms. Not sure about the plastic. It will gum up over time.
The MSDS for WD40 can be found on the internet if you are curious what it is made of.
Rem-oil is a good dry lubricant.
What happened to regular ole gun cleaning/lube products? I read a bunch of people asking about this product or that product, just buy yourself a good gun cleaning kit and call it a day, if you are an expert with guns and know of other products you can use that work well and won't harm your weapon great, but otherwise just stick to the basics. JMO
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