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Old 10-19-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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WD-40 Fact and Fiction

There is an email circulating regarding the miracles WD-40 can work that includes over 40 "tips" as to what it can be used for and what it is made from.

Here is "the other side of the story."

Not all true.
The manufacturer of WD-40 and through their customer service department has indicated a modified list from which they "removed the tips we do not recommend."
The manufacturer-recommended uses for WD-40 spray that remained after their non-recommendations were as follows:

3. Protects silver from tarnishing.
4. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
10. Loosens stubborn zippers.
11. Untangles jewelry chains.
14. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
18. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
19. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
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.
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.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
37. Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers."
43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
44. 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. Wash off after use.
45. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!


Of course, this doesn't mean WD-40 won't necessarily work (more or less effectively) for the other purposes originally listed, just that the manufacturer doesn't recommend them.
As for the claim the "basic ingredient" in WD-40 is "fish oil," it's a common rumor and one that is easily propagated (because cans of WD-40 spray include no ingredients list), but a glance at the composition information included in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for WD-40 aerosol indicates the product is primarily petroleum-based, with the main ingredient being "solvent naptha, petroleum, medium aliphatic" (also known as Stoddard Solvent):


  • solvent naphtha petroleum, medium aliphatic, > 60%
  • petroleum base oil as paraffinic distillate, heavy, solvent-dewaxed (severe), 15% to 25%
  • corrosion inhibitor unregulated, 1% to 10%
  • wetting agent unregulated, 1% to 10%
  • fragrance unregulated, 0% to 1%
  • carbon dioxide, 2% to 3%

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/wd-40.asp#o2yWUjiv3uWvAhIs.99
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:31 AM   #2
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I would remove number 27. WD-40 is extremely flamable. spraying on an open motor will create a nice fire ball. Don't ask me how I know this.
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:09 AM   #3
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forgot "desert topping"
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:15 AM   #4
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#44 is suspect. Why use something slippery to clean a floor? How many people would bother to wash it off?
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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I would add "Works as a starting fluid".
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We use it as propellant when we make Potato Gun's... Great muzzle flash at night.. Great Fun


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Old 10-30-2014, 11:17 PM   #7
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I'd debate the lubrication properties of it as well. It's a solvent. It'll quiet your door hinges for a bit but it doesn't take long for them to start squeaking again.
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:01 PM   #8
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I'd debate the lubrication properties of it as well. It's a solvent. It'll quiet your door hinges for a bit but it doesn't take long for them to start squeaking again.
I agree...it's much more of "cleaner" than it is a lubricant.
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:55 PM   #9
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WD-40 is a water displacer. Blow it into locks of all kinds to keep them from freezing in the winter.

Use sparingly to remove adhesive residue from almost any non porous surface.
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I would add "Works as a starting fluid".
X2 as I actually used it for that purpose once!
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