WD40 old tuning pegs?

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  1. Thetoygarden

    Thetoygarden Supporting Member

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    I have an old Peavey T15 and the tuners are sticky. Can I safely WD40 them?
     
  2. stormin1155

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    Yes. It's best to remove the tuners wen lubing them so you don't get the stuff on the finish, and you can wipe off any excess on all surfaces. WD-40 is pretty harmless to most finishes, and it really doesn't hurt wood, but if it gets into the wood under the finish it can discolor it. Also, it may dissolve some glues, so if your headstock has a veneer, it may not be the best thing.
     
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    Bluewail Silver Supporting Member

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    Here's Dan Erlewine's video on how to do it. Yes remove them and no on WD-40.
     
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    corn husk bag Supporting Member

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    WD 40 is obsolete in more ways then one. It causes head aches, at least for me.
     
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    WD 40 is NOT a lubricant.
     
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    I know, it's garbage!:p
     
  7. stormin1155

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    Well, you're not supposed to ingest it. I've used it with great success for this and many other applications for years. And it IS a lubricant, as well as containing solvents.
     
  8. Clyde Billt

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    I wouldn't use regular WD40 (the blue one), although the company does other types that would be better.
    As a lubricant it isn't great.
    I use WD40 a lot at work and have noticed that some plastics don't react well due to the solvents.

    A light mineral oil like 3-In-One or something similar would be better, and only use a couple of drips and let it run through the cogs.
     
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  10. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    WD-40 is indeed a lubricant.. it is Mineral oil with additives that facilitate the displacement of moisture... WD is Water Displacement formula #40

    But I'd recommend using Stu Macs method... as my Dad would "scold" me.. "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right."..


    Ron Kirn
     
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    WD40 is good for cleaning. I like to use fishing reel oil as a lubricant. It normally comes in a nice applicator bottle as well.
     
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    I think 3 in one oil would be better. It also contains a small amount of corrosion inhibitor.
     
  13. ZuZ

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    I like WD40..it cleans and lubes well enough. I clean my strats bridges with it (just a tiny bit) and a toothbrush, only in those deep cleaning days. As it cleans, I figure it lubes the intonation and the action screws just fine.
     
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    WD stands for Water Displacement, and 40 is the IQ of anyone who thinks it makes an effective, long term lubricant. Remove the tuners, use WD40 to free them up if required, then use a proper lubricant, preferably one that wont drip out and soak the wood of your headstock. Leave the tuners off for a few days while the excess of anything (WD40, etc) runs off.
     
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    Works great on wet distributor caps
     
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    Wipe them down and put a little petroleum jelly type lubricant on the gears. A poster above recommended a fishing reel lubricant which is perfect.

    Dan's video is great...what doesn't that guy know about gtrs???
     
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  17. Ron Kirn

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    that pretty much sums it up... it's a "band-aid" at best..

    rk
     
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