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Old 07-30-05, 06:00 PM   #1
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Wd40

Water Displacement #40 a. k. a. WD-40



And you thought that the term "Miracle Cure" was only a
marketing
ploy! Thought that you might like to know more about this
well-known product.





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. 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 (one of the original founders) says there
is
nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

Here are some of the uses:

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 on glass. It's a miracle!

Then try it on your stovetop... Viola! It's now shinier than
it's
ever been. You'll be amazed.

Protects silver from tarnishing.

Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.

Keeps flies off cows.

Restores and cleans chalkboards.

Removes lipstick stains.

Loosens stubborn zippers.

Untangles jewelry chains.

Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

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 kids 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.

Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve
arthritis pain.

Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from
grills and bumpers."

The favorite use in the state of New York--WD-40 protects the
Statue of Liberty from the elements.

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.

Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately,
and stops the itch.

WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark
and wipe with a clean rag.

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!

If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace
the
moisture and allow the car to start.

WD-40, long known for its ability to remove left-over tape mung
(sticky label tape), is also a lovely perfume and air freshener!

Sprayed liberally on every hinge in the house, it leaves that
distinctive clean fresh scent for up to two days!

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.

Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed
quickly!

Use WD-40!

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL
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so its a temporary lubricant and an excellent cleaner for just about anything. I have heard this before
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Old 07-30-05, 06:05 PM   #3
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After all that, WD-40 is still a poor chain lube.
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I am thankful for the info, I have been looking for a cheap way to keep my bathroom mirrors from fogging up.
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Old 07-30-05, 06:30 PM   #5
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It also cures cancer, reverses global warming, and cleans bird droppings off of space shuttle fuel tanks (Maybe we need to rethink that one).
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i always wondered how to keep flies off my cow. now i know.
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Still makes a lousy chain lube...
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wd40 is utter crap. it attracts dust and evaporates in no time.
its ok as a solvent but not a lube or rust buster.
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... but it won't save you any money on car insurance!
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Thought that you might like to know more about this well-known product...
Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
--- During my years working in physical rehabilitation, we avoided using WD-40 on the orthopedic devices because of its strong smell.
For laughs: some gen-X punk said he thought the "WD" stood for War Defense.
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Paired up with a match, it also makes a great flame thrower.
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I use it to freshen my breath, and prevent embarassing dryness during sexual encounters.

Its fine stuff, but its no miracle. And besides, Tri-Flow smells better.

If I had a fake body part I'd probably avoid WD-40 to avoid smelling like an auto shop all day.

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For all who think it is a lousy chainlube, here are a few facts.
Three years ago I owned a 99 Triumph Trophy 3 motorcycle. The same dire warnings were on the Trophy board as are on this board. I decided to test all of the theories on my own bike. I had just put on new sprockets and a new chain. For the the next 14,000 miles I used nothing but WD 40. Most of my rides were 300 mile days, hard on the corners. The bike had 100 hp and 63 lbs of torque. The chain was lubed at the end of every ride while it was hot, excess then wiped off, ready for the next ride. I adjusted the chain once in 14,000 miles. At the end of the test I measured the chain. No stretch, lots more miles left in it. Granted, this was a high dollar motorcycle chain, O-rings, grease contained within the chain. I will say, that WD 40 is worthless on the chain if you get caught in the rain, comes off quickly. I am fairly sure that if it will hold up to this on a motorcycle it will handle your bike chain.
I personally use Prolink on my bike, it works well, but I would not hesitate to use WD.
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Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
Not slippery? Hah!
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When I was a kid, I used to throw a tin of beans into the camp fire once in a while for laughs. These days I can get the same laughs, but much safer by lighting the fuse on a WD-40 thread and waiting for the blow-up.
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Mixed 2 to 1 with Tequila and it makes a fairly satisfactory drink. Just don't smoke and drink at the same time.
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