Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by Old Jack, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. Old Jack

    Old Jack Truth Seeker

    May 21, 2004
    West Virginia
    Got this in an E-mail today, Thought others might be interested:

    The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and
    de-greaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by
    three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. It's name
    comes from the project that was to find a "water displacement" compound.
    They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD- 40.
    The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile
    parts. The workers were so pleased with the product, they began
    smuggling (also known as "shrinkage" or "stealing") it out to use at
    home. The executives decided there might be a consumer market for it
    and put it in aerosol cans. The rest, as they say, is history.
    It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. Only one
    of them is the "brew master." There are about 2.5 million gallons of the
    stuff manufactured each year. It gets it's distinctive smell from a
    fragrance that is added to the brew.

    Ken East says there is nothing
    in WD-40 that would hurt you.

    Here are some of the uses:
    Protects silver from tarnishing
    Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
    Gets oil spots off concrete driveways
    Gives floors that 'just waxed' sheen without making it slippery
    Keeps flies off cows
    Restores and cleans chalkboards
    Removes lipstick stains
    Loosens stubborn zippers
    Untangles jewelry chains
    Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
    Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill
    Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing
    Removes tomato stains from clothing
    Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots
    Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors
    Keeps scissors working smoothly
    Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
    Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide
    Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on
    riding mowers
    Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises
    Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open
    Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close
    Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as
    vinyl bumpers
    Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles
    Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
    Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy
    Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running
    Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools
    Removes splattered grease on stove
    Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
    Lubricates prosthetic limbs
    Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)
    Removes all traces of duct tape
    I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands and knees to
    relieve arthritis pain.
    One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.
    WD-40 has been designated the "official multi-purpose problem-solver of
    NASCAR," a ringing endorsement if there ever was one.

    In celebration of their 50th year, the company conducted a contest to
    learn the favorite uses of it's customers and fan club members. (Yes,
    there is a WD-40 Fan Club). They compiled the information to identify
    the favorite use in each of the 50 states. Naturally I was curious
    about Georgia and Alabama and found the favorite use in both states was
    that it "penetrates stuck bolts, lug nuts, and hose ends."
    Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and
    California's favorite use was penetrating the bolts on the Golden Gate
    Let me close with one final, wonderful use-- The favorite use in the
    State of New York-- WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the
  2. BrushBuster

    BrushBuster Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004

    if you need a good penetrating oil, try pb blaster, liquid wreench can't
    hold a light to it

  3. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    May 12, 2002
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    Kroil has been there, is there now, and cannot be compared with the johny come latelies; not as vertisable but can fill WD-40 shoes in the absence of a real penertrating oil. Not available except from the manufactorers, subject to old timmers recommdations, :rolleyes: Look it up!
  4. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Between Crosslake and Emily Minnesota
    The one thing that they missed in that list is that WD-40 is a terrific cologne...it drives my wife wild! All I have to do is spray some on me if it's romance that I'm looking for!
  5. JWH123

    JWH123 Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    We've got a can of WD-40 in our medicine cabinet in the bathroom. You may think this is odd, but I cut my own hair using a pair of Oster clippers, and I give the blades a shot of WD-40 to lube them up every time before starting. I've been going on 11 years with that pair of clippers, no problems!

  6. ohio_kid

    ohio_kid Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2004
    As I was spraying nuts and bolts with WD-40 I saw a wasp nest full of wasps. A few blasts and no more wasps. It killed them instantly. Much too expensive to do all of the time but good in a pinch.
  7. ak homesteader

    ak homesteader Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2004
    WD-40 is great for short term, however if you want something protected long term(years)without having to mess with it use LPS. It comes in three viscosities; in either spray or gallon cans. We used it to protect our ATV's when we were in living in Prince William Sound in Alaska. They were in and out of salt water almost year round and out lasted all of our neighbors who didn't use it. For every day use we sprayed them with LPS 2 and for long term storage we painted them with LPS 3.