Everything you didn't want to know about WD-40

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Blog entry by fred posted 05-17-2007 06:09 PM 1858 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There was a recent blog about removing the shipping stuff off of tools and such. Many of the responses mentioned the use of WD-40.

In the spirit of a public service announcement and not wanting to hijack the thread, here is some additional information:

Water Displacement #40. 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. 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.

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!

1.. Then try it on your stovetop… Voila! It’s now shinier than it’s ever been. You’ll be amazed.
2.. Here are some of the uses:
3.. Protects silver from tarnishing.
4.. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
5.. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
6.. Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making it slippery.
7.. Keeps flies off cows.
8.. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
9.. Removes lipstick stains.
10.. Loosens stubborn zippers.
11.. Untangles jewelry chains.
12.. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
13.. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
14.. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
15.. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
16.. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
17.. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
18.. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
19.. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
20.. Gives a children’s play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
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 open.
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 smoothly.
30.. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools. Yes
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. I didn’t know that
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 re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
43.. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
44.. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
45.. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 05-17-2007 11:30 PM

Wow. Fish? Who would have thunk it. Thanks. Now I know. I especailly like that I now know what the WD means.

-- John

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#2 posted 05-17-2007 11:43 PM

Thanks for putting all of this together Fred.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-18-2007 12:48 AM

I’ve always liked the smell – used to keep my bike and skates rolling smooth and squeak free… now with the occasional spurt on the shopsmith, I understand why the cats want to get down in the basement!

I’d heard about an older gentleman who sprayed his knees everyday and had nary a problem with them – and while the researchers claim there is nothing in there than can hurt you… I’ll still look back at the date of discovery/creation and take that with a little grain of salt… great stuff though.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 05-18-2007 04:36 AM

Fred -

I agree with Scott – I’ve always liked the smell of WD40. I use this stuff on everything. Thanks for the cool post!


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#5 posted 05-19-2007 01:33 PM

we should add this to our discussion on back and feet pain!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 05-19-2007 01:55 PM


Very interesting thread. Lots of good info. Reminded me of one about a month ago:

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#7 posted 05-19-2007 02:35 PM

sure is an interesting topic.
I haven’t purchased a caseload yet but it sure sounds like it would be handy to have a can in each room of the house!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 05-20-2007 04:15 AM

Great information. How many big ones did you catch with WD-40?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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