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March 30, 2004, 03:24 PM

Subject: Fw: WD-40


I've always said I couldn't get through life without WD-40
or
silicone spray--now I've found some more uses to try.



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A friend sent this to me, and when I read the "shower door" part
I

tried it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty
shower
door. Mine is plastic, not glass and it's a miracle! Then I tried
my
stove top.... Voila! it's now shinier than it's ever been. I'm amazed.
.
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent
and
de-greaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by
three

technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. It's 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 it's distinctive smell from a
fragrance that is added to the brew. Ken East says there is nothing
in
WD-40 that would hurt you.
.
Here are some of the uses:
.
Protects silver from tarnishing
Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
Gets oil spots off concrete driveways
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 and 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 rocking cha irs 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
I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands,
knees
to
relieve arthritis pain.
One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.
.
WD-40 has been designated the "official multi-purpose
problem-solver
of NASCAR," a ringing endorsement if there ever was one. Can WD-40
can
solve the Jeff Gordon problem?
.
In celebration of their 50th year, the company conducted a
contest
to
learn the favorite uses of it's customers and fan club members, (Yes,
there
is a WD-40 Fan Club).
.
& gt; They compiled the information to identify the favorite use in
each
of
the 50 states. Naturally I was curious about Georgia and Alabama and
found
the favorite use in both states was that it "penetrates stuck bolts,
lug
nuts, and hose ends." Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes
lovebugs from grills and bumpers."
California's favorite use was penetrating the bolts on the
Golden
Gate
Bridge.
Let me close with one final, wonderful use -- the favorite use
in
the
State of New York --WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the
elements.
.
No wonder they've had 50 successful years.


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