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