2 Feb 2011
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WD-40 - A must read and share

Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient
of WD-40 is? Don't lie and don't cheat.


Who knew? I had a neighbour who bought a new car. I got up very early
one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all
around the sides of his car (for some unknown reason). I went over,
woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was
trying to figure out what to do.... probably nothing until Monday
morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbour came out and told
him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint
beautifully and did not harm his paint job on the car. I'm impressed!

WD-40 who knew? 'Water Displacement #40'. 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 Convair Company bought
it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the
original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt
you... 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 stove top ... Viola! It's now shinier than it's ever been.
You'll be amazed.

WD-40 uses:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps flies off cows . (I love this one!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewellery chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots .
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
18. 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.
19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed
quickly! Use WD-40!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on
riding mowers...
22 Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well
as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for
easy handling
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes splattered grease on stove.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve
arthritis pain.
37. Florida's favourite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from
grills and bumpers.'
38. The favourite use in the state of New York , WD-40 protects the
Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. 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. Keep in
mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are
not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and
stops the itch.
41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls.. Spray on the mark
and wipe with a clean rag.
42. 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 rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the
moisture and allow the car to start.

P.S. The basic ingredient is

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I read it was a petrochemical compound. :confused:
Oddly enough so did I, give it time and someone will google it then post on here save us doing it... :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:
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If it's mainly baby oil I can think of another use for it. ;)

You'll have to excuse me I though I was in the other thread - the one about 'ancient weapons'. :mrgreen:
I've always been under impression it contained fish oil? One of my favourite uses is to clean stainless steel.
Common fallacy, it does not contain fish oil.
Thanks Pred.

I use it a lot for lubrication purposes, but I had no idea about its cleaning properties.
Common fallacy, it does not contain fish oil.
How do you know? And don't say, because I just know. And if your thinking of saying the WD-40 site says so - read it again. It doesn't.
Common fallacy, it does not contain fish oil.
How do you know? And don't say, because I just know. And if your thinking of saying the WD-40 site says so - read it again. It doesn't.

Errr i would like to take this oportunity to draw your attention to Joe90's post, "whatsitmadeof" its not offen that Joe says something useful :LOL: but this time i think he's excelled himself... :LOL: :LOL:
Common fallacy, it does not contain fish oil.
How do you know? And don't say, because I just know. And if your thinking of saying the WD-40 site says so - read it again. It doesn't.

I wouldn't think fish oil was something that would have a good image for a

product ,wouldn't you want to keep it part of a secret recipe.

I haven't tried No39 but I have read about it in sea angler
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