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WD-40 and Louisiana Humidity

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Here’s one I got in yesterday. Notice the green. WD-40? Every pivot is rusty and much rust in other places. Actually, there seems to be little wear in pivot holes. Won’t know till I get it cleaned up.

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Looks like it is WD-40. WD-40 (from what I have heard) just eats the brass away. That is terrible looking.
 

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WD-40, or could it be flood? Were there signs of water damage to the case?
 

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A Naphtha soak followed by a run in the ultrasonic followed by brushing each part with mild hot soapy water followed by another run in the US followed by a final brushing with naptha finally got the green gunk off. The brass is still dull but everything is clean. The US solution is contaminated, of course. The rust turned out to be surface rust. No pitting. We’ll see tomorrow.
 

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"WD-40 and Louisiana Humidity" sounds like the name of a grunge band. Glad you were able to get the grunge off... I've seen worse.
 
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Actually WD-40 is a good solvent to remove WD-40. You have a good example there of someone spraying the whole movement liberally with the stuff, probably several times over a few years. Nasty stuff .... but it might have saved it from rusting :)
 
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Here’s what it looks like now. If I charged him by the hour, the charge would be much more than the clock is worth. It’s for a friend.

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I don't have a lot of experience with WD-40 treated clocks, but I do have some experience with how copper reacts to sulfur compounds. The fact that the corrosion is very widespread and even makes me wonder if Chinese Drywall could be involved here. While most of the Chinese Drywall went to Florida, I definitely remember some going to the Port of New Orleans. If the house has any history of rotten egg smell or if other copper and brass objects in the home are experiencing similar corrosion, they might want to look into it.
 
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Schatznut

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Man, that looks good, Will. I would not have thought it could possibly come out looking that good! They're definitely lucky to have a friend like you!
 

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If I have a movement and the parts are in Horolene to be cleaned I know if anyone has WD40'd it as it turns bright greeny-blue and is a devil to remove! :emoji_rage:
 

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I don't have a lot of experience with WD-40 treated clocks, but I do have some experience with how copper reacts to sulfur compounds. The fact that the corrosion is very widespread and even makes me wonder if Chinese Drywall could be involved here. While most of the Chinese Drywall went to Florida, I definitely remember some going to the Port of New Orleans. If the house has any history of rotten egg smell or if other copper and brass objects in the home are experiencing similar corrosion, they might want to look into it.
I don’t know the history of the clock. Never thought of drywall for sure. I’ll ask him when he picks it up. Thanks, Dad
 

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Man, that looks good, Will. I would not have thought it could possibly come out looking that good! They're definitely lucky to have a friend like you!
Thanks, Schatz. He is a friend who lost his wife a year ago after caring for her for many years while she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. He now collects clocks as a grieving tool. He brings me one almost every week. Most are a mess. I understand because I lost my wife in 2014. Clock interests and friends, and my faith have been special for me.
 

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... Clock interests and friends, and my faith have been special for me.
I understand completely, Will. Some days they are about the only things that keep me going also.
 

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