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The Miracle of WD-40

Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by I Am Blessed 24, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

    Jan 2, 2003
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    I thought that you might like to know more about this well-known product and it's many uses.

    (When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stovetop...Viola! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.)

    The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a "water displacement" compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40.

    The Corsair 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 (one of the original founders) 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

    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 handling

    Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly

    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.

    Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers

    The favorite use in the State of New York--WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

    WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.

    Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately, and stops the itch.

    WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

    Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!

    If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

    WD-40, long known for its ability to remove left-over tape mung (sticky label tape), is also a lovely perfume and air freshener!

    Sprayed liberally on every hinge in the house, it leaves that distinctive clean fresh scent for up to two days!

    Seriously though, it removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!

    Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

    Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

    The applications appear to be endless...

    WD-40 - it's not just for men anymore! [​IMG]
  2. GrannyGumbo

    GrannyGumbo <img src ="/Granny.gif">

    Apr 15, 2002
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    Three things I cannot live without: WD-40, Duct tape, and heavy-duty foil.
  3. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

    Jan 2, 2003
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    Me too Granny!

    If it's loose, use duct tape - if it's tight, use WD-40. [​IMG]
  4. donnA

    donnA New Member

    Aug 10, 2000
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    you never know when that will come in handy, lol.
    Great list, I think I'll print that one out, too many common everyday uses not too.
  5. Gwyneth

    Gwyneth <img src=/gwyneth.gif>

    Feb 21, 2002
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    Printed and laminated that list...... handy stuff ;)
  6. Dina

    Dina New Member

    Nov 3, 2002
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    WOW, I had NO idea!! Adding that to the shopping list to keep a can in the laundry room.