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    Is there any possibility that spraying WD40 on the back of the electric panel could give rise to an electrical short?
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    Quote Originally Posted by srah1953 View Post
    Is there any possibility that spraying WD40 on the back of the electric panel could give rise to an electrical short?
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    I hope not "Larsen was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion in nuclear missiles"

    WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement 40th Attempt". Larsen was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion in nuclear missiles, by displacing the standing water that causes it. He claims he arrived at a successful formula on his 40th attempt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srah1953 View Post
    Is there any possibility that spraying WD40 on the back of the electric panel could give rise to an electrical short?
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    Depending on switch panel material, the WD 40 can re-act with the plastic, causing the material to become brittle. Not heard of people getting a short from it though.


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    I once sprayed some on a pcb in a washing machine because I suspected a dodgy connection.
    Phutt!, singed eyebrows and a call out to the repairman.

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    A better solution to protect electrics/electronics is ACF-50, a more recent and more advanced water displacer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanTribe View Post
    I once sprayed some on a pcb in a washing machine because I suspected a dodgy connection.
    Phutt!, singed eyebrows and a call out to the repairman.

    Better than easystart, easystart is too vicious, little bit of wd up the air intake can get the old lump woken up

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    I know someone who played with radio controlled model aircraft a lot, and he was very cautious with WD40, saying he'd had it short things out.

    He probably knew what he was talking about, as he now flies 1:1 scale with a few hundred passengers...don't know what he uses for a quick cure-all though !

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    Further to Jimmcgee's posting.

    I remember when WD40 was called "Rocket WD40"

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    Quote Originally Posted by srah1953 View Post
    Is there any possibility that spraying WD40 on the back of the electric panel could give rise to an electrical short?
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    What's the reason for even considering this?

    For electrical connections, the idea is to loosen them a bit first, then tighten and then use a water displacement. I use T9 Boeshield, although there have been some recent reports questioning its veracity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu Jackson View Post
    What's the reason for even considering this?

    For electrical connections, the idea is to loosen them a bit first, then tighten and then use a water displacement. I use T9 Boeshield, although there have been some recent reports questioning its veracity.
    Spiffing...but does it short things out ?!

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