RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: WD40 and printer ribbon
- I recall some spirited discussion in a vintage camera forum with regards to
WD-40. I believe the leaving behind of residue being an issue there as
well...not to mention the lightweight fluid possibly going where it
shouldn't (optics, etc). If you're flushing and cleaning out mechanical
things, the camera folks really like Ronsonol (what most lighter fluids are
made of)...it apparently dries up and doesn't leave any residue behind.
Thanks for the tip on sewing machine oil...I'll have to add that to my
One other comment, from me in the antique sewing machine community. WD-40 is
discouraged, because it leaves behind a residue - gunk - over years and
decades. It's absolutely discouraged in the aircraft community for that
The solvent in WD-40 is kerosene - use that for cleaning. A comparable oil
is "sewing machine oil", a clean product sold by Singer and many other
brands, available wherever you get supplies for sewing. And yes, people
STILL "sew", to make custom and better clothing, to repair, to quilt. There
are more quilters than vintage computer collectors.