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WD40 -- Other uses for the magic spray

Some tips 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:

Restoring 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

WD40 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 

Crayons on 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 or sand 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"

WD40 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

WD-40 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

WD40 Hint  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  

WD40 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 uses. 
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 Harmer

Sticky labels. 
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"

Shower Doors
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"

Car Doors.
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

Garden tools 
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 Knew...?

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


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 amazed.

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 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) 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 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.

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL (some say it is essence of Meerkat!!!!!!)

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