Using WD40 on the pipes
- I read that a good way of keeping the boats in good condition (internally) is after use, give the boat a quick squirt of WD40 up one of the pipes. I did this and have had nothing but trouble with my boats ever since. I first did it on a Rattandeep PT109 (large version). When I went to use the boat again, I flushed out the pipes with water. Then when I put the flame under the chamber, I heard a bit of noise then it died away and nothing happened. I filled the pipes again and the same thing happened. Stupidly, I pushed the boat backwards in the water and must have filled the very hot chamber with cold water and I blew the engine. At first I didn't think the WD40 trick had anything to do with it, and I gave all my boats a spray after I used them. Then taking the boats out for use again, I noticed they all struggled to get going. The worst case was the Indonesian Fisherman's Delight, the top surface of the chamber started to discolour then blister. At first I thought it was just the paint, but I removed the flame and when I tried to clean the surface, I discovered that it was the actual metal that had deformed! A similar boat that hasn't been sprayed is still perfect. I gather there must still have been traces of oil in the chamber and this is what the problem is, but I was curious if anyone else has come across this?
- John YAHOO wrote:
>Wow. Here in the US, I can usually buy a quart of 91% (the more
> I am in the UK. Over the years and more recently I've ordered 500ml of
> Isopropyl alcohol from several local independent pharmacies. None have
> ever had it in stock but they can get it for you within 24 hours. The
> last 500ml cost me £4.75 (about $7 US)
expensive stuff) for under $2.
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