Penetrating oil

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  1. falloutboy

    falloutboy Veteran Member

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    awesome, thanks for the replies. I never ever heard of the ATF / Acetone mix.
    The only issue I have, is getting it into a sprayable container, but maybe a little brushing on will do for the first tries if I ever have to get some pesky connections loose again.

    How long do you guys normally have you penetrating "working" before you turn the wrenches?
     
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    Yes it does, and it taste horrible.
     
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    Camaro75LT Masshole Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I tried this mix on a caliper bolt not too long ago. Pb blaster and a 5 foot cheater bar ended me up with a broken socket. Atf/acetone sat for a few minutes, poured a little more on then tapped the bolt a few times. I broke the bolt free with a ratchet and a grunt.
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Easy. Just pick up one of these.
    https://www.menards.com/main/tools-...s/reusable-spray-canister/p-1444421230460.htm

    I spray it and let it sit overnight before trying to remove the stuck parts.
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I have some very rusted shocks to replace in the near future (2000 Jimmy).

    I don't see the rechargeable spray cans listed in-store but Menards still sells them on-line.

    Sounds like the ATF/Acetone mix is definitely worth trying.

    Thanks for the tips!
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    My Menards store here in Bismarck shows 5 of them in stock. Check your local stores to see if they might have them too.
     
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    I've always heard that PB blaster was the best; but, after reading this I'll give the ATF/Acetone mix a try.
     
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    hey I like that sprayer.... will have to order a couple
     
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    I know this is an older post, but will always be relevant so a little bump is in order.
    I never tried acetone and ATF for rusty bolts but there is a old timer recipe for cleaning/lubing guns called Ed's Red that is acetone, ATF and a oil of some type (cant remember off hand which one) but the recipe can be found anywhere online.
    I have used it for cleaning my guns and it works great for that.

    Will have to try this.
     
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    Here are some interesting videos on penetrating oils


     

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