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01-31-2009, 11:49 PM
'Water Displacement #40' The product began from a search for a rust
preventative solvent and deg reaser 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'
They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40.
The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40
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.
Here are some other 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.
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!
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
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 favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from
grills and bumpers.'
38. The favorite 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 FISH OIL.

02-01-2009, 12:34 AM
I just went and purchased a can, than you after reading this I feel like doing something like clean the stove and of coarse that shower door needs a scrub, LOL.
I will see if it keeps the flies of my herd of Kangaroo's when I bring them in for milking............

02-01-2009, 01:37 AM
When I was a mechanic, we used it on car belts to get rid of the squeeking noises. Especially on the power steering belts.

02-01-2009, 01:42 AM
P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

I don't know where this BS gets started. The basic ingredients in WD-40 are and have been Stoddard's Solvent and petroleum-based oils. These are not animal-based materials. The carrier in the spray cans has changed over the years from a flamable gas to CO2.


WD-40 is an okay solvent and water displacer, but is a poor lubricant with low film strength. It does not protect the Statue of Liberty. I use it mostly as a cheap solvent to clean stuff - CorrosionX is a far better water displacer and lube. However I use oil if I need a real lubricant.


Steven Vaccaro
02-01-2009, 10:11 AM
Its amazing how much we have to question everything we read about on the net.

02-01-2009, 10:46 AM
Its amazing how much we have to question everything we read about on the net.

Whenever I get these types of emails I always check them at Snopes.com.