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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:25 am
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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.

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, as they say, is history.

It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. Only 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 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:
-Protects silver from tarnishing.
-Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
-Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
-Keeps flies off cows.
-Restores and cleans chalkboards.
-Removes lipstick stains.
-Loosens stubborn zippers.
-Untangles jewelry chains.
-Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
-Removes dirt an d grime from the barbecue grill.
-Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
-Removes tomato stains from clothing.
-Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
-Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
-Keeps scissors working smoothly.
-Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
-Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
-Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on
riding mowers.
-Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
-Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to
open.
-Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
-Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as
vinyl bumpers.
-Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
-Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
- Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and! bicycles for
easy handling.
-Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running
smoothly.
-Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
-Removes splattered grease on stove.
-Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
-Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
-Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
-Removes all traces of duct tape.
-Florida's favorite use is, "cleans and removes love bugs from grills
and bumpers."
-The favorite use in the state of New York--WD-40 protects The Statue
of Liberty from the elements.
-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.
-Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and
stops the itch.
-WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and
wipe with a clean rag.
-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 rewash. Presto!
Lipstick is gone!
-If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the
moisture and allow the car to start.
-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.
-Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
Use WD-40!

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:27 am
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Laughing LOL Laughing

have to admit, that at my company we use the stuff by the gallon and till now I haven't found any alternative product for it.

Before winter I spray the engine compartiment of my cars with it to protect the engine and all other components there perfectly over winter, then repeat the whole action at spring and the engine is nicely protected all year round.



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:58 am
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nice on toast too.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:24 am
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LOL Ban!

Great product for sure... Wink

Like you Fled, I also use it on engines, but I also use it to 'lube' the cylinders prior to putting it 'away' for the season, a process called 'fogging' the engine. I do that to any boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, etc prior to storage...:)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:35 am
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also helpfull in robot sex i hear lol

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:12 am
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- Shadow_Banshee
also helpfull in robot sex i hear lol



you got one of those Ban ??

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:27 am
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Shadow_Bender?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:31 am
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lol you guys are most silly
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:26 am
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It also comprises exactly half of a roadie's toolkit !!!!

1Can WD 40
plus
1 Roll Gaffa Tape


Rules:

If it moves and shouldn't......... Use Gaffa Tape

If it doesn't move and should... Use WD40

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:44 am
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~S~ All
I have always liked WD-40 it is great stuff.
I use it on all of my firearms. After cleaning I drench them inside and out then wipe them dwn and they are good to go till the next round of target shooting.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:08 am
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thought that was duct tape Sly with its many uses Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:24 am
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Gaffa ROOLZ!!!
How many times you finished a gig with the line, "HEY! Who's got MY gaffa ?!?!?!?!"

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:50 am
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- jedster1
-Removes all traces of duct tape.


Finally, something to clean the wifes face...
Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green
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Its also wonderfully hydrophobic and great for driving moisture off of electrical connections.

I used to spray the entire exterior of my CJ-7 engine with it, and it looked better than new even with 60,000 miles on it.

If used on firearms (and I do), be sure to wipe the excess from the surface of finely finished and blued weapons as it is slightly acidic. Do NOT allow it to contact the primers of live rounds...nothing inactivates primers faster than penetration by petroleum derivatives.
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- Doug_Kibbey
Do NOT allow it to contact the primers of live rounds...nothing inactivates primers faster than penetration by petroleum derivatives.


Something else to remember for the wife Kit...lol
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