Hey I wonder how many of you had received the Email ‘Uses For WD-40’ ? I have been using it for a number of years but never realised what the name stood for or that it had other uses other than lubricating machinery and tools. The email contained an impressive list of 43 uses however not all are recommended by the company. I will be listing only those which were checked with the company and recommended. Not to say that all the other listed ones wouldn’t work, it just may or may not work effectively nor can it be recommended by them.
Here’s a little WD-40 History first…
In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry, in a small lab in San Diego, California.
It took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. But they must have been really good, because the original secret formula for WD-40—which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today.
Convair, an aerospace contractor, first used WD-40 to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. The product actually worked so well that several employees snuck some WD-40 cans out of the plant to use at home.
A few years following WD-40’s first industrial use, Rocket Chemical Company founder Norm Larsen experimented with putting WD-40 into aerosol cans, reasoning that consumers might find a use for the product at home as some of the employees had. The product made its first appearance on store shelves in San Diego in 1958.
In 1961 the first full truckload order for WD-40 was filled when employees came in on a Saturday to produce additional concentrate to meet the disaster needs of the victims of hurricane Carla along the U.S. Gulf coast. WD-40 was used to recondition flood and rain damaged vehicles and equipment.
Over the years, thousands of WD-40 users have written testimonial letters to the company sharing their often unique, if sometimes just plain weird, uses for the product—many of which are shared in other parts of this Web site. Some of the most interesting stories include the bus driver in Asia who used WD-40 to remove a python snake which had coiled itself around the undercarriage of his bus. Or when police officers used WD-40 to remove a naked burglar trapped in an air conditioning vent.
Here are the uses:-
1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Loosens stubborn zippers.
4) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
5) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
6) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
7) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks 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.
8.) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
9) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
10)Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
11)Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
12)Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
13)Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
14)Restores and clean s roof racks on vehicles.
15)Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
16)Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
17)Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
18)Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
19)Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
20)Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
21)Removes all traces of duct tape.
22)Florida’s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
23)If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
In 1929 Otto Durst invented Autosol metal polish, now used throughout the world. Many years later the original classic metal polish achieved gold medal status from Mondiale Selection, an independent product testing panel in Europe, for its ability not only to shine metals to a high gloss but also to protect them from corrosion and oxidation. Since then Autosol has become one of the most widely used and respected metal polishes in the world.
Autosol was created to polish all metals. Strong enough to remove stubborn rust stains, yet gentle enough to use on even highly polished metal pieces, it also contains inhibitors for superior protection from the environmental factors that cause tarnishing and corrosion.
Well a great tip shared by a friend at Sony is that it is used by the technicians and dealers to remove the oxidized build up on the jack contacts such as earphone, speaker connections, basically any electrical metal connectors. It even improves sound quality as a result.
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