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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

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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!

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The one thing that they missed in that list is that WD-40 is a terrific drives my wife wild! All I have to do is spray some on me if it's romance that I'm looking for!

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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!


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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.

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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.
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