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Rust penetrant

I've been in touch with some motorcycle guys that use a 50/50 mix of tranny fluid and acitone. They claim it works the best and should be mixed in small amounts because the acitone tends to evaporate.

I haven't tried it
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I heard about this on the website BobIsTheOilGuy. It's a very popular mix.

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Agreed, works well.
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Haven't tried the tranny acetone yet but I do keep a few cans of PB Blaster on hand as it's just wonderful (IMHO). If anyone is using WD40, it's not really a penetrant but it's better than nothing. I use WD40 for tool cleaning.

Edit: I keep forgetting that WD40 came out with a Penetrating Oil. That product I haven't tried. I was referring to the "regular" WD40 that some folks use for everything.

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pb blaster has worked for me on almost every occasion. might try tranny/acetone for something that the PB does not work on to test.

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ATF/Acetone works really well. Kroil and liquid wrench are also pretty good. Marvel Mystery Oil also has some "rust-melting" properties.


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If your willing to try home made concoctions, you could go really "old school" and give iodine a try. I first started working on aircraft with the CP107 Argus, it used Wright Cyclone Turbo Compound R3350 18 Cyl engines, when one of the 36 plugs/eng gave us a hard time iodine always got it to let go. Of course back then we also used "milk of magnesia" on the threads before putting them back in. Now days I personally use modern chemistry, PB Blaster, Permatex anti seize, etc. I figure 21st century weasel piss has gotta be better than the old stuff, you know, that science thing
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I mixed a batch of that up once and thought it was too thick to do what t's supposed to do. I thought PB Blaster crept in better, especially if you applied some heat first.
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pulled from a "garage journal" thread

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I saw this on another website....what do you think?

For all of you that are mechanically inclined..... Penetrating Oils Compared A study done by Machinist's Workshop magazine in their April 2007 issue looked at different penetrating oils to see which one did the best job of removing a rusted bolt by measuring the pounds of torque required to loosen the bolt once treated. If the study was scientifically accurate, it turns out a home brew works best! Here's the summary of the test results:

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 Automatic Transmission fluid (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. A local machinist group mixed up a batch and 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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I've used Liquid Wrench, PB Blaster, ATF & acetone (mixed 50/50), and Kroil. None were magic, certainly. Now I typically use Kroil. In part because I can easily spray it, vs grabbing my old ATF & acetone, hoping it's still good, and brushing that on.

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