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Old 02-25-2020, 01:08 AM   #64
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Default Re: Marvel's Mystery Oil

Originally Posted by MikeK View Post
MMO consists of a naphthalenic rather than a paraffinic base. There is also a halogenated component. The combination of those two permits it to penetrate gummed up and oxygen linked polymerized parafinic oil deposits that stick valves, lifters, and rings.

The second part of it all is an ester oil content. (the 'wintergreen mint oil' you smell) Esters are superior lubes that are categorized as synthetics in the oil industry. That's why it works- solvent power plus synthetic lube.

Specifically, the ester methyl salicylate (wintergreen oil) is also an excellent polar penetrant for metallic oxides residing on the surface of metal parts.

I guess those three added together have resulted in it's reputation as one of the better 'snake oils'.
Sounds like it is worth my while checking out transporting some, then try to buy some and get it to the shipper's depot (Ranch Domingeuz, CA). Is it labelled as flammable?
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