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The virtues of WD-40

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bmc, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Someone emailed this to me. Thought you might enjoy it:


    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 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, knees, etc., 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. I told my NASCAR loving sons about this and they said they couldn't imagine how WD-40 can solve the Jeff Gordon problem.
    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 lovebugs from grills and bumpers."
    California's favorite use was penetrating the bolts on the Golden Gate Bridge.
    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 elements.
    No wonder they have had 50 successful years.
  2. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Makes sliced bread look bad :)
  3. I think the stuff is great.

    Been using it to more than treble my Bass string life for a few years now. Spray it into my old Fast Fret containers and give a light application after playing.

    Hard to find WD-40 here in Thailand, but brought a can over with me that is still 50% full after nearly two years of daily use.
  4. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Where would the world be without WD-40, Duct Tape, or Super Glue?
  5. Actually, it's DUCK tape. It was designed as a water repellant tape for sealing boxes, like water off a duck's back. Much in the same way life vests were known as "Mae Wests," they made you look like you had a healthy set like the movie star.

    Useless trivia...
  6. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    You are correct sir.

  7. My bandmates and I use WD-40 for our spud cannons. Best propellant that we've found and thats through an awful amount of trials. Makes the inside of the blast chamber one hell of a mess, though.

  8. It's also good for removing bugs/tar from chrome on your car or bike.

    Coca Cola also works well for the same purpous.
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I prefer Tri-Flow.

  10. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    It's useful for cleaning duck/duct tape goo off of cables (when somebody uses that stuff instead of gaffer's tape to tack down cables).

    It waterproofs the spark plug wires, distributor cap, and ignition coil in a car (useful for when it's the rainy season and my new spark plug wires haven't come in yet).

    Both are based on my own personal experience.
  11. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    I wonder how it would do on this??


    I COULD go get some goof-off to get it off, but will WD-40 take it off just as well/safely?
  12. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    What's that, residue from a paper label? It's likely to work.

    Spray some WD-40 onto a paper towel and give it a try.
  13. You could mail me your bass, and I'll see what I can do about it... ;)
  14. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    Yeah. :meh:

    I think Larry needs to rethink his tagging methods :meh:

    Almighty:: :D Dream on :D
  15. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    :meh: That could be useful ...

  16. ...and orange juice works better than Coca Cola :D
  17. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    I heard when trout fishing, if you spray some on power bait, the Fish cant leave it alone. Ya know, I know a little lake by me that dry's up during summer, and is only stalked for a Month... I should try it once...
  18. you should use wd-40 after using coca cola. coke will eat away metal. the wd 40 will protect it.
  19. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Best thing I've found to remove bugs from car paint is a slightly dampened dryer sheet. No foolin'!!! It does leave a *slight* residue of it's own that will take a good washing or two to remove, but love bug season in the south can make that a more than acceptable tradeoff.

    Not to try to steal any of WD-40's well-deserved glory, mind you! :D
  20. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    It's interesting to see how many things have come from the military industry:
    - here we have WD-40
    - Duck tape was also mentioned
    - microwave ovens
    - built-in car-navigation units, GPS

    and two very important ones that started evolving in military

    And lots more...