WD40 -- Other uses
for the magic spray
from our readers:- Its a Lubricant, it
can degrease, it can restore paint finishes, it cannot raise the dead,
however !!! (see our disclaimer)
Did you know that WD40 was
invented in 1953 by The Rocket Chemical Company, a fledgling company
called Rocket Chemical Company of San Deigo California ? It took them
40 attempts to get formula right. They even have a fan club - you will
find them at: http://fanclub.wd40.com/login.cfm
Old Paint Finishes I
have found that WD40 will resore old paint on say old metal cased
radios or speakers; a light application with a cloth will bring them up
like new. Works very well to restore "Black Crackle" paint finishes. Be
careful that it does not damage or remove any serial numbers or
legends/dial markings etc. But be carefull : Experiment first with a
small area which does not show.
It has worked well for me :
restored poor 30 to 60 year old paint finishes up like new on old
commercial/military equipment which I collect/restore. Note: in some
cases the finish might become" too new" looking - but I have been happy
& its more original than doing a respray. It will though help
to blend in areas like chips which you might have to touch in with a
carefull dab of paint. My finished results have so far lasted over 7
years with no noticeable deterioration. I have only found WD40 to work
in this way - not meths (Methyl alcohol), petrol or other products ! --
M. Cooke, Norwich,England -
Meerkats: Did you know that WD40 is made from Meerkats.
This is done by boiling them in giant vats. It takes approximately 15
Meerkats to make one can -- Axel Klystron
Auto Detailing. Having a hard time getting the
bug-gunk off of the front of your vehicle? Spray bug-gunk area with
WD40 and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Then wash it off. It works!-- Cynthia
Wilburn Ahualoa, Hawaii
Walls. No problem -
spray on wipe off. Porous surfaces may need a wash with water and
detergent afterwards. -- Carl Lones
Crayons on the wall
I was talking to my neighbor about how my 3-year-old twins decided to
draw all over their room - top to bottom, with
crayons. She said that she saw a woman on T.V. who used WD-40 and then
cleaned it up with soap and water. So I figured I'd try - it was that
down the whole room and paint. I was AMAZED!! The crayon came off with
minimal elbow grease!!!! and I mean there was A LOT of crayon on the
wall - ALL GONE! My problem afterwards was the greasiness from the
WD-40. Although the
woman had suggested soap and water, I used a spray grease cutter and
that worked well. Dishwasher detergent may
also work, anything that is a grease cutter. -- "MLNeathery"
Tip. My son works in a shop where he comes in contact with
a lot of car grease and oil. The other day he came by and his Carhart
jacket looked pretty bad. I had heard that you could use WD40 to get
grease out of clothes and from the looks of the jacket, I really had
nothing to lose so I tried it. It really did work, I was very
surprised. Now I don't know about all types of materials I just know
that it worked on this. -- Beckie 31 Dec 2005
tip... When I was driving my ' 79 Mercury Zephyr 6-cyl. taxi
in a snowstorm or in heavy rain, through puddles, etc. my car would
very often quit on me and refuse to start. Well, I couldn't make any
$$$ this way! I found that if I removed the distributor cap and sprayed
the inside of it with WD-40 I'd be merrily on my way again.
KER Bear 9 Mar 2005
Using WD 40 removes black scuff marks from vinyl flooring. It will also
remove the glue that squeezes out in between vinyl tiles after they are
laid. Then you do need to wash the floor because it will be very
slippery. Christyan Fox
Tip Most people know that it can get rid of a squeeky
contact point like the swivel mount on mobility scooters or a door
hinge, but don't be tempted to spray it in stiff moving electronics
parts, it will often damage them if not ruin them. -- Anon
Another WD-40 miracle
I was driving home this summer on a toll way when some jerk
in front of me decided not to pay. I thought that the gate was delayed
when I tapped my horn b/c he just shrugged. I threw my money in and the
gate went up allowing him to go thru, but it came crashing down on the
hood of my Wrangler. The gate left a huge safety orange streak across
my hunter green jeep. I was beyond infuriated! I wasn't sure if it was
an actual scratch or just paint so when I got home I began attempting
to scratch at the orange with my fingernail. Though I made teenie
progress, the problem seemed mostly to be paint. Yet it would take
forever to get it off at the rate I was going. Suddenly I remembered
reading in my marketing textbook about the ridiculous uses for WD-40,
so I thought I'd give it a try. To my exhilaration, it came off within
2 secs. I always promote it now when I get a chance. so the moral:
WD-40 gets off paint marks on cars, even paint from other cars without
harming your finish ;) -- Truffle
Yet more WD40
A day of Spring skiing will often result in the bottom of skis coated
with this black gunk that does not slide too well. WD40 takes this mess
right off. -- (Hal Beattie)
WD40 - more uses!
If the cable won't rewind back inside your vacuum cleaner, squirt WD40
into the mechanism, also squirt some on the cable and rub along its
length to lubricate the cable. It will do the trick! -- Mark
I use WD40 to remove sticky labels. Just spray a little WD40 on the
label and leave it for a few minutes. The label usually slides right
off.-- "The McKenna's"
A good replacement for those expensive cleaners for shower stalls/doors
that I have found is, believe it or not: WD-40. I never believed it
until I tried it, and it certainly makes a shower door sparkle, so give
it a try! --"Susan Kelly"
If the door keeps sticking, check if the hinges need lubricating (with
WD40, or a similar lubricant), before getting it realigned. - Fred
Forsyth, Aberdeen, Scotland
The late fall is the time to time to oil and clean the lawn mower and
other machinery. Brush on clean engine oil or lightly spray with WD40
or similar – Cameron Sutherland
WD-40 Well, Who
YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW
THIS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Good stuff to know.!!!!!!
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
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
2) Removes road tar and grime
3) Cleans and lubricates
4) Gives floors that
'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans
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
14) Keeps glass shower doors
free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in
ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working
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 marks.
19) Bug guts will eat away
the finish on your car if not removedquickly! 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 grease
32) Keeps bathroom mirror
33) Lubricates prosthetic
34) Keeps pigeons off the
balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of
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
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
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
P. S. The basic ingredient is
FISH OIL (some say it is essence of Meerkat!!!!!!)
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