WD 40

WD 40 - Stuff you might not know. 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.

It's 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 it's 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 chalkboard’s
• Removes lipstick stains
• Loosens stubborn zippers
• Untangles jewellery chains
• Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
• Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill
• Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidising
• 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 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, etc., to relieve arthritis pain.
• One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.

Please note that contrary to the popular misconception, WD40 DOES NOT contain fish oil!