(The fishing danger article is going to take a bit more work; I expect it to be ready soon.)
Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40 is?
A neighbor had a new beige truck. Overnight, someone had sprayed it with a can of red spray paint.
Another neighbor knew to spray over the new paint with WD-40. It removed all the messy red paint and the truck was beige again! It didn’t harm the original paint!
WD-40 = ‘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 Convair 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…
Uses for WD-40 That You May Not Know About!
Fishing and Outdoor Uses
- 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.
- Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
- Keeps ceramic/terra-cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
- Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
- Gives a children’s playground 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 wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
Cars and Vehicle Uses
- Removes road tar and grime from cars.
- Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
- Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
- If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
- Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
- Protects silver from tarnishing.
- Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
- Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
- Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
- Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
- Removes splattered grease on stove.
- Loosens stubborn zippers.
- Untangles jewelry chains.
- Keeps scissors working smoothly.
- Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
- Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
- 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.
- Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
- Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
- Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
- Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
- Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
- Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
- Removes all traces of duct tape.
- Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
- WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
Laundry Uses for WD-40
- Removes lipstick stains.
- Removes tomato stains from clothing.
- Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
- 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 rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
- Keeps flies off cows. (I love this one!)
- Restores and cleans chalkboards.
Some States Use Lots of WD-40
- 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.
Now, What is WD-40’s Main Ingredient?
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