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some uses for WD-40

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by DaleM, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    A friend sent this to me, just though you'd get a kick out of some of the uses.

    Subject: WD40

    > 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.
    > We're not through. Here's more;
    > 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. Fishpro

    Fishpro Northcoast Madman

    Been known to spray it on my Erie Dearies when the bite is tough, It works!!!! :D

  3. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    There was a post like this once before & someone found where it's bad for the water even though it makes a good fish attractant. Don't know if the "facts" quoted were correct or true.
  4. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    I figure if you dumped gallons and gallons in the water it may be bad, but I'd guess a little on your erie dearie won't hurt that much. I'd say our boats, run off etc. does more than WD=40 could ever do.
  5. DavidWS10

    DavidWS10 Bankless Boat Trash

    Despite the hazards to the water, I'm really happy to see that there are more uses for a 40 year old WormDrowner than just being a moderator here. LOL!!! WD, I hope you had a great day!
  6. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    :D thanks, David not to many more though! :D