I was getting my shopping list together to clean and lube some of my Lionel prewar and post war motors. I usually use CRC contact cleaner and saw this WD-40 Specialist Contact Cleaner on sale at my local store. Has anyone used this and what were your thoughts on its cleaning ability and were you satisfied with the end results?

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Rich

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Never tried the Wd just the Crc which is safe for plastic < e-unit drum > at least the one in hand says that .

 

I'm batting .1000 with CRC plastic safe cleaner.  It's great for a lot of stuff.  I think I'll stick with a proven winner rather than experiment.

only problem using WD-40 it will gum up in time using it as a motor lubricant CRC is much better and leaves NO residue ! its ok to use on plastic but not very good as a lubricant!

 

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Thanks for the feedback @Alan Mancus@Lenny J@albertstrains@hokie71@OKHIKER@Dieseler@bobotech@Tinplate Art@BobbyD.  I just wanted to make others aware of the product and have a short discussion on it to determine its potential as an alternative to CRC. Based upon the results staying with a known entity such as the CRC outweighs the potential downsides of the WD-40 contact cleaner. It was only $1 cheaper and certainly does not warrant additional parts damage.

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Rich

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Lionel Trains’s the hobby that gets better with age!!!

@CJ Meyers thanks for the information. I have a few prewar super motors I have to work on and re-wheel. Had you used the CRC contact cleaner previously And switched to this or just always used the electrical parts cleaner? 

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Rich

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Lionel Trains’s the hobby that gets better with age!!!

For toy train motor overhauling I've settled for the CRC Lectra-Motive. I tried disassembly, then hand cleaning with alcohol or similar, it always was a mess and left my hands black. Now I just spray the CRC on everything, gears, armature, contacts. The gunk that comes out of some of my pre-war motor projects is pretty amazing. Always makes starting the tear down job a lot cleaner. 

Among my other crazy hobbies, antique cars, hi-fi equipment and machine tool rebuilding, if I specifically need a contact cleaner, I go for the Caig DeOxit. I've rescued rheostats, industrial motor contacts, automotive switches, etc with that stuff.

CJ Meyers

 

Alan Mancus posted:

only problem using WD-40 it will gum up in time using it as a motor lubricant CRC is much better and leaves NO residue ! its ok to use on plastic but not very good as a lubricant!

This is WD Contact Cleaner we are talking about, not the WD40 Lubricant.

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