How to free up a Leatherman gunked up with Vaseline?

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Old 12-28-20, 06:36 PM
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How to free up a Leatherman gunked up with Vaseline?

I got a Leatheman-type tool for Christmas and all the blades and screwdriver bits etc were so hard to get out I nearly broke my fingernail. I put Vaseline on one end (the tool has two groupings of tools) and it freed things up a tiny bit, but then I sprayed WD-40 on to the other end and that really freed things up. I have since sprayed WD-40 onto the gunked-up-with-Vaseline end and it hasn't improved things. Is there any way to free up the gunked-up end? Thanks.
 
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Old 12-29-20, 12:24 AM
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Is it a name brand tool ?
Actual Leathermans are life time warranted and will be exchanged...... especially if new.

Brand new and gunked up ?
Do you mean corroded or rusted ?
Drop the tool in mineral oil or a rust remover like Liquid Wrench or PB blaster. Let it soak.
Then dry the tool and re-oil it using oil.... not WD-40 which is not a lubricant.
 
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If you just want to remove the Vaseline use solvent to wash it away. It doesn't matter what you choose as long as it's something that will dissolve petroleum products.

If the tools are tight oiling will help but won't make a huge difference. If you soak the tool in solvent to remove all the lubricants you can then work the stiff tools open and closed many, many, many times to wear down the mating surfaces to free up the mechanism a bit.

 
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Thanks Pete. No, I gunked it up with Vaseline, thinking it would free up the action. And it did a little. It's just the WD-40 freed it up more
 
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After you're all done cleaning it..... use an oil like 3in1.
I use 3in1 on my Leatherman at least once a month.
 
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Thanks Dane. I can do the solvent thing. My buddy has some mineral oil so I'll do that too--and work the mechanisms to free them up.
 
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No, don't oil it to free it up. Clean it with solvent to remove all the oil. Then open and close many times. You are trying to cause wear between the parts so it loosens up and polishes the surface so things move more freely. When it gets closer to the feel you want, then oil it.
 
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Gotcha. Thanks. lol making up the 25 character mandate.
 
 

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