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Old 09-16-2004, 01:44 PM   #1
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A Little History

WD40

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. It'* 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 its 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 children’* 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 to relieve arthritis pain
- One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish
- WD-40 has been designated the "official multipurpose problem-solver of NASCAR," a ringing endorsement if There ever was one. Can 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'* 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'* favorite use was "cleans and removes love bugs
from grills and bumpers."
- California'* 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've had 50 successful years.
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very interesting!
what are some of your favorite penetrating oils? Mine is PB Blaster
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very interesting!
what are some of your favorite penetrating oils? Mine is PB Blaster
My favorite is Aerokroil. Stuff works like a dream. Next up after Aerokroil is PB Blaster.
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Ya, ummm...WD-40 isn't really supposed to be used as a lubricant. Only reason I know this, is because over the summer I was working with my dad fixing garage doors, and every time we'd put a new one in, we'd have to replace the track and rollers. Whenever someone asked about maintenance (almost never) he would tell them to keep it lubricated, at which point they said something along the lines of "Oh, you mean like with WD-40?" I don't remember exactly why its bad, but as far as lubrication goes, oil is much better.
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I know some guys when I worked in underground minning that would spray and rub into their wrist, swore by it saying it relivied vibration pain?
Also I have seen guys out fishing spray it on their lures saying it helped catch fish.

Great stuff with a million uses
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What!? No mention of it'* addicting smell?
I love the smell of WD-40 in the morning.
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Ya, ummm...WD-40 isn't really supposed to be used as a lubricant. Only reason I know this, is because over the summer I was working with my dad fixing garage doors, and every time we'd put a new one in, we'd have to replace the track and rollers. Whenever someone asked about maintenance (almost never) he would tell them to keep it lubricated, at which point they said something along the lines of "Oh, you mean like with WD-40?" I don't remember exactly why its bad, but as far as lubrication goes, oil is much better.
It evaporates. definitely not a long-term lubricant
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What!? No mention of it'* addicting smell?
I love the smell of WD-40 in the morning.
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gets its distinctive smell from a
Fragrance that is added to the brew. Ken East says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
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what are some of your favorite penetrating oils?
LOL, there'* a question you don't hear everyday!

Mine is Liquid Wrench. Great stuff!
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Happened to notice that it cleans and restores padded leather dasboards!?!?!?!?!

Would anyone use it on their leather in their "baby"!!!!!!!!!?????????


WELL????????
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