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    Rusty Bolts & Lubricants Fun Facts

    Just got this in an email from a friend and thought it was kind of interesting... not sure of the truthfulness but I'm always looking for the next best thing!



    Rusty Bolts & Lubricant Fun Facts

    Machinist's Workshop magazine actually tested penetrants for break out torque on rusted nuts.
    Significant results! They are below, as forwarded by an ex-student and professional machinist, Bud Baker.
    *Don't forget the April 2007 "Machinist's Workshop" magazine comparison test.*
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    *They arranged a subjective test of all the popular penetrants with the control being the torque
    required to remove the nut from a "scientifically rusted" environment. *
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    *Penetrating oil ..... Average load*

    None ...................... 516 pounds
    WD-40 ................... 238 pounds
    PB Blaster .............. 214 pounds
    Liquid Wrench ........ 127 pounds
    Kano Kroil .............. 106 pounds
    ATF-Acetone mix.......53 pounds

    *The ATF-Acetone mix was a "home brew" mix of 50 - 50 automatic transmission fluid and acetone.*
    *Note the* "home brew" was better than any commercial product in this one particular test.*
    Our local machinist group mixed up a batch and we all now use it with equally good results.
    Note also that "Liquid Wrench" is about as good as "Kroil" for about 20% of the price. *
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    *Your experience may vary, etc., etc.*

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    I find PB Blaster great but will try a mix of ATF and acetone. I use a bunch on scaffolding jacks.

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    I think most of those product names must be American, but I saw a test that was done here in Australia a few years ago. Plain diesel worked a little better than products like WD40, CRC, RP7, Penetrene.

    The main difference is aerosol can products can be more convenient to use, and also have moisture dispersing qualities that diesel doesn't.

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    Thanks PRDiesel. Thats interesting and useful. I wonder what a "scientific rusted" environment might consist of.
    The ATF-Acetone mix has been discussed on some of the ag forums I frequent. A proper storage container (some plastics are not suitable) and gloves were recommended when using this concoction. I personally have not tried it.

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    You sure wouldn't want to get any on your painwork .
    Just my 2.02 cents including GST .

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    An interesting question about rust busters. No matter which one you use, How long do you leave in "on" before trying the nut?

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    There is also the Flamability aspect to acetone , I know some of the others are flamable but the do have non-flamable products also.

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