Have you ever found yourself dealing with a rusted bolt that just won’t come loose? Or maybe you are dealing with a tense bicycle chain that needs a bit of lubricant? No matter what your scenario, you are likely going to be recommended the use of an industrial grade lubricant.
Everyone from auto mechanics to hobbyists find themselves coming across a situation where they need a bit of lubricant to make things work. This is an unavoidable scenario that can lead to a bit of headache without the proper substance. But, choosing that substance can make all the difference. So, that is why our team at Cleaning King has decided to pit two of the best lubricants on the market against each other–so you don’t have to!
Today we will be doing a head-to-head comparison of both WD-40 and PB Blaster. These industrial lubricants both come in similar spray cans and have very similar target demographics and use cases. This makes it as fair of a comparison as we have ever done before. So, with this in mind, we will take a look at what they have to offer you and how they perform in practical everyday uses. Let’s take a look!
So, now that we have taken the time to cover what sets each lubricant apart, let’s look at how you can make the best choice. There are a few things to consider whenever you are planning to buy an industrial lubricant, and these considerations can help you get the best bang for your buck.
The first thing to consider when buying an industrial lubricant is what you need it for. If you are simply trying to slide a piece of PVC pipe into a tight area, you may not need an exceptionally powerful lubrican at all. However, if you are planning to loosen a rusted bolt or clan your engine parts, you may need something with a bit more ‘kick’. This can help you determine which lubricant might be best for you as WD-40 is not quite as strong as PB Blaster in general.
Next you want to consider how well the product will protect against and prevent future corrosion and rust from occurring. This comes with the hydro-phopic and anti-corrosive properties of the compound. This ensures that you won’t need to use a lubricant if you need to manipulate the part in the future. Luckily, both PB Blaster and WD-40 perform well here!
Safety is always going to be the most important factor for using any industrial compound. You never want to cause any damage to yourself or the components you are working with. Both PB Blaster and WD-40 are safe to come in contact with the skin–they won’t cause any chemical burns. However, WD-40 is generally safer and less irritant than PB Blaster for sensitive skins. It also produces less fumes which can irritate the lungs and eyes. Here WD-40 gets the edge!
PB Blaster has been a staple in the auto and plumbing circuits for quite a long time. Making its way onto the scene all the way back in 1955, this lubricant has become one of the most widely used lubricants on the market. It is, in fact, the most recommended lubricant by professionals in the world.
PB Blaster is a non-evaporating oil-based lubricant that is designed to clean and lubricate rusted or otherwise corroded materials such as metals and plastics. It can help to remove buildup from sensitive mechanical parts, and make assembly of various projects so much easier.
PB Blaster is designed for deep penetration without damage to the components themselves. It is non-corrosive and safe to use on virtually any surface you can think of when it comes to handiwork.
While PB Blaster is advertised as a universal lubricant, it really shines in mechanical work and plumbing. It is the ideal solution for loosening a rusted bolt, or lubricating any sort of metal components such as gears and chains. It can be applied and allowed to sit for 5 – 10 minutes, and the results will speak for themselves!
The one major drawback with PB Blaster is the fact that it has a tendency to produce some serious fumes. These fumes aren’t inherently dangerous to you, but they can be unpleasant and a lot of people really try to avoid them. So, use with care and keep your space well ventilated! It should also be noted that in most cases PB Blaster is quite a bit more expensive than WD-40, so keep that in mind!
WD-40 is, without a doubt, the most famous industrial lubricant on the market. The iconic blue and yellow label is instantly recognizable, and even non-experts will likely know what this stuff does. Because of this, it is the most used and purchased lubricant by newcomers and experts alike. It’s easily the most approachable!
WD-40 is slightly different in composition to PB Blaster. Although it is still a ‘mostly’ oil based lubricant, the remaining ingredients do differ a bit from PB Blaster in a few ways. With a slightly more alkaline than PB Blaster, as well as a bit more viscous.
WD-40 is designed to protect against future corrosion by utilizing a high alkaline based formula that prevents water molecules from staying on the surface of the formula. This allows you to rest assured that future rust or grime buildup is very unlikely after applying WD-40.
WD-40 is more of a multi-tool whereas PB Blaster is used for very specific cases. WD-40 performs admirably across virtually any material surface, from plastics to wood and soft metals. However, it does sometimes cause issues with some rubbers such as o-rings used for plumbing Although some users do report that this is a myth–so take that for what it’s worth!
WD-40 has become so popular in large part due to it’s reasonable price and reliable performance. While it may not outperform the competition in certain aspects, it does hold steady across a large number of use cases.
Okay, so we’ve taken the time to break down how WD-40 and PB Blaster stack up against each other in the ultimate lubricant showdown. We now know what to expect from each product, and how they are best utilized in real life circumstances. So, which one is the better choice overall?
Well, at Cleaning King, our team has found that overall PB Blaster is the far superior lubricant and corrosion remover. PB Blaster’s power and ability to really soak into hard to reach crevices makes it a tough beat by any competitor. This gave it the edge over the slightly less powerful WD-40.
It should be noted that WD-40 is still an excellent product. For about 90% of all use cases it will get the job done in a jiffy. However, PB Blaster is going to be what you need for those extra tough bolts and pipes. That’s what makes it the most recommended lubricant on the market by experts.