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WD-40

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 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
d! ecided 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 te stuff
manufactured each year. It gets its 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.

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...Voila! It's now shinier than it's ever been.
You'll be amazed.



Here are some of the uses:

Protects silver from tarnishing.

Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without mak! ing 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 ceraic/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 kids 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 dryer 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.

Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis
pain.

Florida's favorite use is: "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. Keep in mind though, using
some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some
states.

Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting awy 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.

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!

P.S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL
 

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Really glad you posted this. I enjoyed reading the history of this stuff. We have love-bug invasions here about 2or3 times a year. Hundreds of thousands of them! And they will eat the paint off your car in no time at all, but I never thought about using WD-40 on them. I HATE LOVE-BUGS!!! We also have Gazillions of fire-ants. When you're standing out in the grass, you always have to watch where you stand. When they get ahold of you, Man does it hurt. So it's nice to know about that. I HATE FIRE-ANTS!!!
So anyways, thanks again for taking the time to put this out.
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One of my all-time favorite products...
It's great for removing stubborn hard water spots on the windshield and paint :)
 

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ejfb said:
In the spray can, its flamable right? If so, it can be used for two things against fire ants. :eek: :D
And That, my friend, is an excellent idea!!!;)
 

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.50 said:
What the heck is a "love bug"??
A love-bug, or March fly, is a little black bug about 1/3 inch long or longer. They attach their rear to another love-bug in a kind of push-me pull-you way. They're very prevalent along the Gulf Coast and there are swarms and swarms of them. When you drive through them, it sounds like you're driving through a heavy downpour! And your windshield gets covered with guts and black oily substance. Many times you have to stop several times to try and clear your windshield since you can't see. They can clog up the radiator and refrigeration units on trucks. At night they can black out the headlights. When you're outside, you can't talk, or they'll get in your mouth, and they taste awful!!! They get all over your clothes, and if you sit down, it will stain your pants. Fortunately they don't bite or sting, just a nuisance. And they only last for a couple of weeks, but every year when we see the first ones, it's like, "Aw sh-t! Here they come again!!!"
Sorry about the long explanation, just be glad you don't have them up there!
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Fitz said:
A love-bug, or March fly, is a little black bug about 1/3 inch long or longer.
I just got back from Florida last week and they were positively swarming everywhere. I have a photo taken inside of SeaWorld that shows an outside corner of a building with hundreds of these things. Ick.

My hands-down favorite use for WD-40 is to remove stickers, labels, and adhesive residue from virtually anything.
 

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Good use. Starts cold engines in winter (model RC engines). Also, I refuse to have it in my house any longer due to the fact that if you use it thinking you will thwart off rust, forget it. It is a rust magnet. I had my underneath spare tire carrier hoist soaked in WD40. A year later I had to cut the assembly apart. It displaces water very well, after that, the rust comes. I know someone that used it on their guns once. Never again.
 

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Prolonged use of WD-40 on paint will eat at the paint surface because it contains Petroleum Distillates.

personally, I use actual bug/tar remover if it's entirely necessary but usually a hand wash along with claybar will get any bugs off. And for emblem residue after removal, I use goo-gone. It's citrus oil so it's not harmful to your paint, but you still need to wash after using it.
 

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I use wd-40 to kill bees on contact.
 

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Huff said:
and bailing wire.
It's a shame not many people even know what bailing wire is, and most farmers don't use it anymore. They've switched to bailing twin and the large round bails. The twine is better for the cattle in case they eat it and doesn't rust. But when i was growing up, it was everywhere. If you needed some, you just went over to the closest pick up, and there'd bound to be at least a couple feet of it in the back.
 

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would never use it on my gun though... oh hells no.
The main thing i use it for is to detail my motor and fenderwells before a car show. leaves a real nice shine with no residue.
 

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dawson said:
Prolonged use of WD-40 on paint will eat at the paint surface because it contains Petroleum Distillates.

personally, I use actual bug/tar remover if it's entirely necessary but usually a hand wash along with claybar will get any bugs off. And for emblem residue after removal, I use goo-gone. It's citrus oil so it's not harmful to your paint, but you still need to wash after using it.
Many auto cleaning/polishing/waxing products contain Petroleum Distillates including mothers and meguiars.

As much as I like it I would never use it on a gun either, attracts too much dust and gunk.
 
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