from the MSDS WD 40 ingredients are
Main ingredients, from the material safety data sheet
* 50%: Stoddard solvent </wiki/Stoddard_solvent> (mineral spirits
</wiki/Mineral_spirits>, somewhat similar to, but not the same as,
* 25%: Liquefied petroleum gas </wiki/Liquefied_petroleum_gas>
(presumably as a propellant, carbon dioxide </wiki/Carbon_dioxide>
is used now to reduce considerable flammability)
* 15+%: Mineral oil </wiki/Mineral_oil> (light lubricating oil)
* 10-%: Inert ingredients
The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following
safety relevant ingredients:
* 60-80%: Heavy Naphtha </wiki/Naphtha> (petroleum product),
hydrogen </wiki/Hydrogen> treated
* 1-5%: Carbon dioxide </wiki/Carbon_dioxide>
Fish oil is a urban myth.
Sandy Ganz wrote:
>I don't know if I would use WD40 that way, I always thought it was some
>combination of things like diesel, kerosene, etc. Might be fine but seems to
>have a nice amount of solvent in it so would be cautious. Maybe some of the
>simple things like Glycerin or other stuff that was used to keep your rubber
>in good shape. I think it was something like that recommended by BMW or
>Porsche for keeping things supple.
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>This may be old fashion but my father use to grease rubber parts up with
>Vaseline and put them in an air tight bag for storage.
>Believe it or not when we were cleaning the house out to move my mother I
>found some bags with old rubber parts in them that my father had put away. Not
>sure how old they were or what the parts were for but they were in good
>WD40 is fish oil based so you could grease rubber parts up and put in air
>tight bags also.
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