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#1 zuren OFFLINE  

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Posted April 16, 2015 - 07:49 AM

As I have been working on a couple areas of my 1618, I was using WD40 to help clean up some of the 30+ year old grease and grime.  The paint started looking really good so I did a search and it seems that some use WD40 to help 'restore' old paint (either on tractors or cars).  Has anyone heard of this or do this? 

 

I do not intend to strip the tractor down and do a complete restore.  I just want to clean up and preserve what I have.

 

Thanks!

 

 


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Posted April 16, 2015 - 07:56 AM

I know someone who used kerosene as a car wax, seemed to work fine.

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Posted April 16, 2015 - 08:05 AM

I have used waste oil on my old garden tractors. I shine them before parades. Noel
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Posted April 16, 2015 - 08:47 AM

I would think that using any type of oil would attract dirt and in return scratch the finish.


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Posted April 16, 2015 - 09:56 AM

When I was growing the neighbor always added kerosene to the wash water to improve the cars appearance. I would imagine the soap in the wash water helped the kerosene to mix with the water. 


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Posted April 16, 2015 - 10:38 AM

All my tractors paint is faded and scratched up any way. so any method of cleaning and shinning up is ok with me. If, and doubt I ever will, have a nicely painted and shinny tractor, I would wax it like I would a car.  Noel


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Posted April 16, 2015 - 10:49 AM

I've heard of the WD40 trick as a way to make a used car look better(that was 45 years ago). I think that it didn't last very long but a company (Garry's I think) came out with something that seemed to work for much longer. We used it on the CocaCola machine in front of the gas station and it looked like new for quite a while. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted April 16, 2015 - 10:57 AM

I used to use Lemon Pledge furniture wax on my cars years ago. Noel
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Posted April 16, 2015 - 11:55 AM

WD40 is essentially fish oil...   It will not harm paint,,and you can also use it to clean bugs off your'e car grill..However,, it will collect dust and dirt cause of the oils that are there.. As kids we would put motor oil on our bike tires to make them shine ( P S ) don't do it.!! oil will rot rubber and cause cracking...

 

The kerosene in your'e car wash water, helped keep the hard water spots at bay.. Especially if you towel dry..  The pledge on a car surface looks good when applied,,but it will yellow in time and fade.. the new car waxes have a formula that prevent the yellowing and the new polymers keep the finish waterproof and UV resistant..


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Posted April 16, 2015 - 12:29 PM

I would use a spray car wax,, easier to deal with and no residue to collect dirt... When i travel distance with my old truck to auto shows I spray Rainx on grill and front fenders so that bugs and road debris wipe off easier...Prevents sun from baking them on...Spray wax would have the same effect.


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Posted April 16, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Hi hears some interesting things about WD40 looks like no fish oil.

http://www.livescien...acts-myths.html

 

https://www.facebook...150745438880425

http://www.foodrefer...0-fish-oil.html


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Posted April 16, 2015 - 02:27 PM

It a fairly common practice over here in the UK to use WD 40 on classic cars, especially if you got fading paintwork. It does look good and it clean it up exceptionally well. It doesn't last that long but it's quick to apply.
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Posted April 16, 2015 - 06:01 PM

I used to wipe down my old fibreglass boat with Penetrol that had been given to me. It brightened the boat up as the fibreglass was chalking.. .. The product is for enhancing paint

 

http://www.spraygunw...x/Penetrol.html






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