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04-14-2008, 12:28
Email from a friend who is not into gun hobby:

Subject: WD-40 - who knew

I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one
Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I'm impressed!

WD-40 who knew?
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 Corvair 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.

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 glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your
stovetop... Voila! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be

Here are some of the uses:

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it
5) Keeps flies off cows
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewellery chains.
10) Re moves 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) 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
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed
quickly! Use WD-40!
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling
on riding mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as
well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles
for easy handling. 29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers
and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered gre ase on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve
arthritis pain.
37) Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from
grills and bumpers."
38) The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40 protects the
Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) 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.
40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately
and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark
and wipe with a clean rag.
42) 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!
43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace
the moisture and allow the car to start. >
Removes glue, too.

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

04-14-2008, 19:53
"Fish Oil"?!:shocked:

I have used it for some of the purposes enumerated, including removing the squeak from car doors, and I used to keep a can in the car, but had to bring it inside because of the summer heat, lest it go boom.

I think I have some of those little WD-40 thingies they give away at car shows.

04-14-2008, 20:01
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve
arthritis pain.

An aircraft mechanic in the Philippines used to do that and swears by it.

BTW, it's a myth that WD-40 damages the blueing of the gun. When you spray blued surfaces with WD-40, the surface looks discolored, but after wiping it with off, the gun's color returns to normal.

There are a lot of people who do a WD-40 bashing; IMHO, it's one of the best things ever invented. It's even available at drugstores and convenience stores.

You could also use it to remove chewing gum from your clothes and from cement and wood floors.

wtf jack
04-14-2008, 20:38
Email from a friend who is not into gun hobby:

Subject: WD-40 - who knew

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

no fish oil.

Composition/Information on Ingredients
Ingredient CAS # Weight Percent
Aliphatic Hydrocarbon 45-50%
Petroleum Base Oil 12-18%
Carbon Dioxide 1 2-3%
Non-Hazardous Ingredients Mixture <10%
4 First Aid Measures
Ingestion (Swallowed): Aspiration Hazard. DO NOT induce vomiting. Call physician, poison control center or the WD-40 Safety Hotline at 1-888-324-7596 immediately.
Eye Contact: Flush thoroughly with water. Get medical attention if irritation persists.
Skin Contact: Wash with soap and water. If irritation develops and persists, get medical attention.

04-14-2008, 20:42
Just keep it away from your ammo, as it is a penetrating oil and will penetrate inside and render the primers useless.

A lot of companies are now producing this type of oil, but there is only one WD-40.

04-15-2008, 07:04
I used to fish a lot and some of my friends spray WD40 on their tackle and swear they get more fish because of the smell :)
I would want to try it on our shower door, but the smell would definitely be a problem:supergrin:

04-15-2008, 08:12
kills caterpillars in seconds
Havent tried it sa leeches , bloody @#$%