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Here is a neat little story about WD-40 that my wife sent me via e-mail.....probably not all of the story is true,but it is still cool.....I know I like WD-40.

Although it is famous throughout the world, WD-40 is somewhat of a
mystery....Who thought of it? Who invented it? What is it? The product
began from a
search for a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser to protect missile

WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket
Chemical Company. It's name comes from the project that was to find a
displacement" compound. They were successful with the fortieth
formulation, thus
WD-40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas
parts. The workers were so pleased with the product, they began smuggling
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
is the "brewmaster." There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff

manufactured each year. It gets its distinctive smell from a fragrance
is added to the brew. Ken East says there is nothing in WD-40 that would

Here are some of the uses:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
3. Gets oil spots off concrete driveways.=20
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 dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
11. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
12. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
13. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
14. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
15. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
16. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
17. Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
18. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on
19. Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
20. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to

21. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
22. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as
vinyl bumpers.
23. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
24. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
25. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy
26. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running
27. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
28. Removes splattered grease on stove.
29. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
30. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
31. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
32. Removes all traces of duct tape.
33. IT KILLS SPIDERS,WASPS,BUGS,etc.(I added this one to the list! - Mark P.)

I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands, knees, etc.,
relieve arthritis pain.

One guy claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.

Other "States" uses:

Georgia and Alabama's favorite use was that it "penetrates stuck bolts, lug
nuts, and hose ends.

Florida's favorite use was, cleans and removes love bugs from grills and

California's favorite use was penetrating the bolts on the Golden Gate

Let me close with one final, wonderful use--the favorite use in the State
New York...WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements. No
they have had 50 successful years!!!

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The fishing part is partly true, it doesnt attract the fish as much as hide the human scent that is on your lures from handling them. A mask of sorts but it does work for that purpose but its frowned on by DNR as it puts oil into the water too. You can see te film of colors when the lure hits the water :D

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I've used the stuff for years! We get huge fines if we use it on fishing gear here in the Northwest... There's actually a few other brands that I like a little better for unsticking rusty parts, but it still works great just the same!


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Great list!! Also removes grease stains, read petrolueum stains, from carpet, cloth, etc.

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I've often used it as a temporary fuel when trouble shooting lawn mower engines and the like. Just spray it in the carb or straight in the intake while cranking. I've also used it on outboard engines to determine fuel delivery problems. Good stuff.

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All good uses for WD. We use cases weekly at work.
One of the best uses I have found is allowing you to sand parts or patch panels down to bare metal , and when you can't paint them right away or you need to do more work later, just spray some WD40 on them and it effectively puts the part "on hold" against the rust until you can get back to it. I've left bare metal parts sprayed with WD out in the shed for as long as 2 months and when you are ready again, a little lacquer thinner cuts the residue leaving you ready to resume work, just like you left it.

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all those good things, there must be something wrong about it.

It will probably cause skincancer or something...

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Don't use it for arthritis!! While calling on an MD a few years ago, we were talking about patients who self treat themselves without medical advise. He told me about an elderly female patient who had recently passed away. She didn't come to see him until she was very sick. She died due to complications from liver disease. He learned, too late, that she had been using WD-40 on her elbow every day to treat stiffness due to arthritis. Like anything applied to the skin, there is risk of absorption. The WD-40 was absorbed and the liver, doing it's job, tried to clear it from her body. Eventually the WD-40 won the battle and this little old farm wife lost her life.
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