April 8, 2010

Liquid Wrench Lubes - Review

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A while back, we reviewed the new Blue Works lubricating products from the guys who brought us WD-40. We casually used them around the shop and thought they were great. As it turns out Liquid Wrench has also just released a new set of lubes and they shipped a six-pack our way so that we could get a look. We treated them the same as the Blue Works...plopped them on a shelf and used them as needed.

The new products are; lubricating oil, penetrating oil, silicone spray. dry lubricant, chain lube, and white lithium grease. Pretty much anything that a guy could ask for.

Like we said in our review of the Blue Works products, we're not Tools of the Trade, so we don't have the time or resources to set up some elaborate test where we identically rust two sets of nuts and bolts and then saturate them in two different penetrants, and then have some way of measuring the torque needed to loosen each one. No, we try to base our reviews on what 'the guy in his garage' is looking for. And in this case, the question he wants answered is, 'do they work?" We found that after cleaning up the gears of our table saw, fixing a squeaky shed door hinge, and unsticking a bad drawer slide, the answer is yes. "Did we like them?" Yes. "If we saw them in a store, would we buy them?" Yes. And honestly, the same could be said for the Blue Works products. We have no idea what the chemical difference between these two brands is, and we really don't care. And we don't think that you really do either. If you're like us, you're going to be in a store looking for a few things and you're going to think to yourself, "oh yeah, I need some spray silicone for that window that keeps sticking." You just want something that works. And the Liquid Wrench products work.

Actually, one interesting thing about the Liquid Wrench products is the marketing. Where Blue Works takes a technical attitude and have loaded their website with stats and numbers, Liquid Wrench approaches things in a more user friendly way and concentrates on educating you about the practical uses of each lube. Their website is great and after a few minutes on it, we wanted to lube up everything we own. There's a nice page that lists about 100 around the house tasks and the lube that's best suited. There are also some seasonal uses here. This doesn't reflect on the actual performance of the lubes, but it's a smart approach for the company to take.

These lubes will be about $5 a can and should be at your local Ace and Lowes, but for a full retailer list, check out the Liquid Wrench website.

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Recent Comments

This article mentions using silicone spray to lube the "sticky window"...
Just so you know, there's a Far Better way to lube all such non- metallic sliding surfaces other than with some sort of "slickum" in a solvent carrier:
Go to the welding supply store, buy genuine Soap Stone markers (best to get the rectangular sticks rather than the round ones). Avoid the plastic based substitutes.
Rub aforsaid Soap Stone vigorously on a clean coarse file, tapping the file frequently to clear the teeth, carefully collecting the now powdered Soap Stone.
Rub powder sparingly into suspect areas of the sliding surfaces, slide a few times. Repeat as appears appropriate.
Application lasts forever, because soap stone is non-hygroscopic and most importantly, Non-Evaporative!!

It Ain't called S O A P S T O N E for Nuthin' !!

BTW WD40 is just about next to worthless, all it is, is Fish Oil in a solvent carrier. Beats nuthin' I suppose, but not by much. The only good use I've found for it is as a starting fluid for small engines... not nearly as volatile as ether and ether substitutes, but does provide a "kick".
rB


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