Monday, September 19, 2005

WD 40

I got this from my friend Judy down in Arizona.  Of course I don't know if all this really works but if there's somebody out there that has a lot of time, maybe you can check each one of these 43 uses of WD 40 out and get back to us. 

WD-40 Background:   
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 technician sat 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 is history. It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. 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 (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 cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stovetop.  It's now shinier than it's ever been.  Here are some of the uses:
1.   Protects silver from tarnishing..
2.  Cleans and lubricates guitar strings..
3.  Gets oil spots off concrete driveways..
4.  Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without   making it  slippery.
5.  Keeps flies off cows.
6.  Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7.  Removes lipstick stains.
8.  Loosens stubborn zippers.
9.  Untangles jewelry chains.
10.  Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11.  Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12.  Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13.  Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14.  Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15.  Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16.  Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17.  Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in  homes.
18.  Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast  slide.
19.  Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of  handling on riding mowers.
20.  Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
21.  Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes  them  easier to open.
22.  Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and  close Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards and  vinyl bumpers.
23.  Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
24.  Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
26. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
27. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly
28.      Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and  other tools
28.  Removes splattered grease on stove
29.  Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging up
30.  Lubricates prosthetic limbs
31. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)
32. Removes all traces of duct tape
33. I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
34.  Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes love bugs  from grills and bumpers".
35.  The favorite use in the state of New York  is WD-40 protects  the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
36.  WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and  you will be catching the big one in no time. It's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just  that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some che! mical  laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some  states.
37.  Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately  and stops the itch..
38.  WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on  the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
39.  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.
40.  If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would  displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
41.  WD-40, long known for its ability to remove leftover 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.
42.  Seriously though, 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.
43.  Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed  quick enough. Use WD-40.


jeadie05 said...

Ishall certainly tell Maurice about the fishing one!!  Jan xx

stijoan said...

i know that it does remove stickers or anything that has glue. it definatly works on bike chains and on the distributor cap on a car...i will try some of the other uses you have suggested. joanne