WD-40 History and Uses


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Well, this one isn't exactly a natural remedy, to my knowledge, but I hope it is useful to you...and that you send me your additions!  If something ends up working for you, please so I can pass the word on to others via this page, etc.  :)

Disclaimer: What I'm sharing with you here is merely what I received from others via email.  Most of these, I haven't tried.  So, you may want to use this list as a starting place to do experimentation and/or a bit more research on your own.  In short, please use my notes here as a starting place, and at your own risk....  :-)



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 its 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 of WD-40:

WD-40 has been designated the "official multi-purpose problem-solver of NASCAR," a ringing endorsement if there ever was one. I told my NASCAR loving sons about this and they said they couldn't imagine how WD-40 can solve the Jeff Gordon problem.

In celebration of their 50th year, the company conducted a contest to learn the favorite uses of its customers and fan club members, (Yes, there is a WD-40 Fan Club).

They compiled the information to identify the favorite use in each of the 50 states. Naturally I was curious about Georgia and Alabama and found the favorite use in both states was that it "penetrates stuck bolts, lug nuts, and hose ends." Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes lovebugs from grills and bumpers." California's favorite use was penetrating the bolts on the Golden Gate Bridge. The winning uses can be found at http://www.wd40com/Brands/wd40_state_debate.cfm <http://www.wd40.com/Brands/wd40_state_debate.cfm> <http://www.wd40.com>

Let me close with one final, wonderful use -- the favorite use in the State of New York -- WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

No wonder they have had 50 successful years.

An engineer i know used to say, "You only need two things in your tool box -- duct tape and WD-40.   If it moves and it shouldn't... tape it.  If it doesn't move and it should... WD-40."

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