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Question Using WD-40 on Car paint? Good idea or Not?

WD-40 has over 2000 uses but i recently used it on all the plastics, Vinyl's and Leathers, I love using it on the plastics around my 2004 Kia Rio. It puts a nice oil coating over the plastics, Leathers and vinyls.

Is WD-40 okay to use on Car paint, has anyone experience with spraying wd-40 on the paint of your car by accident? If you have what will happen?

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... has anyone experience with spraying wd-40 on the paint of your car by accident? If you have what will happen?
WD-40, like ANY oil on the paint, will blacken the scratches, making them less visible; however, the oil will catch Dust and it is only a matter of a day or two, to have a big dusty dirt mark on the oil impregnated area.

Not really a good idea, unless you use it to cover scratched areas and then wash the car, and then use it again, washing again, etc... besides the fact that it could not be very
"healthy" for the clear coat / finish of the paint.

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save wd-40 for door locks and hinges nothing else - anything else is a bad idea. There is special products for vinyls, plastics and leathers - if you want a shiny look then use Armorall.
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For your vinyl, plastic & leather, tires, exterior trim use 303. Provides a shiny finish & is a great UV protector.

NEVER NEVER NEVER use WD-40 on these as it is a petroleum base product & can easily rot these areas. Armorall can also cause damage to these areas.

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Please don't use WD-40 on locks as it will gum it up. Use instead Graphite lubricant. It's made for locks. I once worked as a locksmith, (Once upon a time)
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Please don't use WD-40 on locks as it will gum it up. Use instead Graphite lubricant. It's made for locks. I once worked as a locksmith, (Once upon a time)
What about a silicon spray for the locks?

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Don't use WD40 on plastics as others have said. I use 303, but find that it's hard find - I've only found it at certain boating stores and sometimes at ACE hardware. I've used one of those Meguiars "back to black" products specifically for the exterior plastics - it lasts just about as long as the 303, but has a more gloss finish.

Also, dry silicon lubricant, like what you use on bike chains and the like, should be ok on locks. Anything liquid tends to attract more grime and gums up the pins.

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You might also find 303 at certain RV stores... I first started using it on my 5er & would purchase it at CampingWorld.

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Tried using WD on plastics. That was a mistake, don't repeat it.
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I have used WD40 on car paint to remove road tar, followed immediately with a car soap wash to remove the residual WD40.
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