Uses of WD-40

By SRT-Tom · May 11, 2019 ·
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    WD-40 is truly a versatile product. It was created in 1953, by three technicians, at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company who were searching for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. Its name comes from the project that was to find a “water displacement” compound. They were successful with the 40th formulation, thus Water Displacement #40, or WD-40 was born. Initially it was purchased, in bulk, by the Corvair Company to protect its Atlas missile parts. However, since then, it has been used for many other applications.


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    That can of WD-40 in your garage is brimming with possibilities. Some of the top automotive uses are:

    · Removes gum, tar, and grease from vinyl and leather seats.

    · Removes brake dust and grime from wheel rims.

    · Lubricates telescopic antennas.

    · Keeps door and trunk locks working, while also aiding in the prevention of the mechanism freezing
    during wet and frigid temperatures.

    · Repels water from wet electronics, such as distributors, alternators, batteries, and spark plugs. It
    also protects electrical parts from corrosion.

    · Cleans oil and grease off of hands.

    · Removes spray paint graffiti and paint rubs from surface of vehicle.

    · Penetrates rusted or frozen bolts and screws, allowing them to be removed without
    stripping/breaking.

    · Loosens stuck spark plugs.

    · Cleans motorcycle chains.


    Fans of the "water displacing" spray have also been discovering new tips and tricks for WD-40 for over 50 years, and some suggestions are truly astonishing. Did you know that WD-40 is an amazing cleaning and stain remover; or that it is used by gardeners, or can be an incredible lure when fishing? WD-40 offers a list of 2,000 suggested uses. They can found in the following PDF file:

    https://www.wd40.com/img/WD-40_2000_uses.pdf


    One great use for Challenger owners is its ability to protect billet aluminum engine bay parts from oxidation. Simply spray the WD-40 on and then wipe it off with a soft cloth. It does an amazing job. Here is a photo of an immaculate 6.1 Hemi engine with billet aluminum dress-up parts that were installed 9 years ago on a Challenger SRT. They look like new!

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    To lighten things up, here is some WD-40 humor:


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