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We all know you can't do without WD 40 but
here are facts you may not know about it.

Read below the list of things WD-40 can do.

A lady got up very early one morning and went outside
to pickup the Sunday paper, she noticed someone had
sprayed red paint all around the sides of the neighbors
brand new beige truck. She went over and woke him up and
gave him the bad news. He was, of course extremely upset.
And they stood there trying to figure out what could
be done about the problem. They decided there wasn't
much recourse but to wait until Monday, since nothing was
open. Just then another neighbor came out of his house,
surveyed the situation and immediately went to get his
WD-40 out and cleaned the red paint off with it.
Guess What! It cleaned up that paint without harming the
original paint on the truck!

Water Displacement #40. 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. 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.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is
nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you...' IT IS MADE
FROM FISH OIL' . 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 is a miracle! Then try it on
your stovetop... It is now shinier than it has ever been

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 it slippery.

5) Keeps flies off cows.

6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7) Removes lipstick stains.

8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry 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! Open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car.

removed quickly, with WD-40!

20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21) Lubricates gear shift on lawn mowers.

22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes
them easier to open.

24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in
vehicles, 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 smoothly..

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 favorite use 'Cleans and removes
love bugs from grills and bumpers.'

38) 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.

40) 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) If you've washed and dried a tube of lipstick with
a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40
and Presto! Lipstick is gone!

43) If you spray WD-40 on the distributor cap, it will
displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
Keep a can of WD-40 in your kitchen cabinet. It is good for
oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling
away and heals with NO scarring..

Remember, the basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Here's a 'nearly' fact about WD40.........if it wasn't for this wonder product, my brother and I would still be sitting in the middle of the jungles of Zaire (now the DR of Congo). It was the only thing that enabled his old landrover to go when it was under 3 feet of water.

Fascinating post Blister. I don't think there was a Breakdown/Recovery vehicle in the country that didn't car a tin or two. My missus insists on having her own tin to remedy all the squeaky hinges and locks her idle spouse hasn't fixed. Wonderful product!
Most of this WD40 info is complete tosh - certainly the part about it being fish oil. WD40 is basically petrol - a distillate of petroleum, Naptha.

Snopes - Rumor has it...
Not sure if I have been fed a fishy tale, but have been told that many people use it for muscle strain and other various other body aches and pains, also for rheumatic pains.
Also good for toothache ! (joke - don`t try it !!)
Loz_S":1jmkouq5 said:
WD40 is basically petrol - a distillate of petroleum, Naptha.

I'm glad someone else said that........I didn't want to have to go and check. This is what I had always thought.
Its Parrafin :lol: you can start diesel engines with it also excellent for starting fires and as a DIY flame thrower
finding induction leaks freeing and lubricating most anything and does not contain silicon or fish I love it.
We used to use wd40 on the mx bikes after washing to repel the water.
One day i went to the local boot sale and someone was selling it for £1 each (400ml) still falling over it now! :lol: :lol:
It must have been legit :shock:
Can it be used as a honing fluid on diamond stones as well?...I seem to recollect that one or twelve forum members are so inclined.
Fish oil...right :roll: - Rob
Its Parrafin .
Not quite ! ... Parrafin is The same stuff as Kerosene, or 28 second oil or Jet-A1, ... but WD40 isn't !
It is still a petroleum distillate based hydrocarbon compound though.

It does also contain a large volume of water by %, IIRC ...
which is why is can contribute to oxidisation in certain circumstances.
.. don't leave it in contact with ferrous metals or certain alloys for extended periods of time.

Its great stuff.. but it does have its limitations...
& I wouldn't advocate any hydrocarbon contact on skin, if at all possible ... petroleum distillates have the 'benzile ring' in their chemical composition from what I remember.. and this is a known carcinogen.
... you wouldn't 'guddle around' in oil or petrol .. and this stuff is no different in that respect.


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