WD-40 Myth vs Fact And Unique Uses
MYTH (vs) FACT
A dear friend of mine Clara, emailed me some information regarding WD-40. It included many common uses and functions of the product. This sparked an interest in finding out just what all of the fuss was over WD-40? I was well surprised to find not only the real history but the secret ingredient found within the broadly used WD-40 products.
What is the main ingredient in WD-40?
- MYTH: WD-40 contains Soddard Solvents (synonymous with mineral spirits). What was referred to as soddard solvents years ago was a harsh group of mineral spirits that today have become re-categorized according to their level of refinement. WD-40 does use mineral spirits in the formula. But the more refined distilled version provided by today's modern methods of purification. 50% mineral spirits within the content defined by today's standards is what you will find in the WD-40 recipe. Which is nothing like the soddard solvents of yesterday's harsh product lines.
- FACT: WD-40's main ingredient is refined fish oil. This is true and has even promoted the spraying of fishing lures by fishermen who swear it attracts the ichthyological critters. WD-40 strongly states that they do not recommend this use, as WD-40 should be handle as you would any petroleum based product.
Antique WD-40 Packaging
THE HISTORY OF WD-40
How Did WD-40 Come To Be
1953 a new company called 'Rocket Chemical Company' (RCC) was looking to devise a rust preventing solvent for the Aerospace industry. The small company was located in San Diego, California. The story goes, that it took 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula correct. WD-40, which ultimately stands for- water displacement perfected on the 40TH try- is a formula that has proven its perfection. The original design has remained the same for all of these years and just goes to show what a great product WD-40 was right from the beginning.
A Chronological History of WD-40
- 1958 - San Diego, California stores start to put WD-40 on their shelves for sale.
The employees at RCC found the product so outstanding they would take home bottles and use it around the house or shop. Norman Larsen (RCC founder) decided to put the gem in aerosol cans, believing that if the employees liked the way it worked it may have a place in American households. And so it did...
WD-40 BUSINESS TIMELINE
- 1960 - The company doubles in size.
RCC started delivering WD-40 to hardware and sporting good stores. 45 cases a day were being sold out of the backs of the now doubled-in-size company (7 people strong) cars.
- 1961 - The first full truckload is ordered.
The first full truck load of WD-40 was ordered to aide in the reconditioning of flood and rain damaged equipment and vehicles following the landing of Hurricane Carla along the US Gulf coast. The staff came in on a Saturday to manufacture enough WD-40 to fill the order.
- 1969- WD-40 becomes a company name.
In 1969 the Rocket Chemical Company was renamed after it's one and only product, becoming WD-40 Company, Inc.
- 1973 - Going public.
WD-40 Company, Inc goes public. The stock price jumped some 61% on the first day.
- 1993 - 81% of professionals use WD-40.
By 1993 WD-40 is found in 4 out of 5 homes, and is being used by 81% of professionals at work. Also a mile-stone for the company at this time, one million cans were being sold weekly.
- 2003 - WD-40 Big Blast®
A new Big Blast® can was brought to market. It offers many varieties of nozzles that deliver WD-40 quickly and easily to just about any surface.
- 2005 - That illusive little red straw.
The little red straw that we can rarely find when we need to apply WD-40 becomes permanently attached. The biggest complaint by WD-40 users has always been the missing red straw. WD-40 has solved the issue by creating a permanently attached version called the Smart Straw®, solving the only real draw-back to the WD-40 product.
- 2006 - WD-40 goes on the road.
The WD-40 No-Mess Pen® is introduced to the consumer allowing you to take a small portable version of the product with you on the road. This same year the WD-40 Fan Club reached 1,000,000 loyal members strong! (yep. You read that right, and if you want to see how you can join them, go right to their Fan Club link!
- 2008 - Smart Straw® again.
WD-40 converts it most popular sized can to the WD-40 Smart Straw® cans as demand by consumers became to great to ignore.
- 2009 - A new member to the WD-40 family.
WD-40 Company, Inc. adds another member to the product line. WD-40 Trigger Pro®. This non-aerosol product contains the same formula as your favorite WD-40 original, but allows the product to broaden its user population while considering environmental ozone concerns.
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20 SECRET USES FOR WD-40
What Can I Use WD-40 On
- Keeps flies off of cows
- Restores and cleans chalkboards
- Untangles jewelry chains
- Gives floors a 'just-waxed' shine, without the slippery surface
- Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
- Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
- Keeps ceramic/Terra-cotta gardening pots from oxidizing
- Removes tomato stains from clothing
- Keeps glass shower doors clear and clean of water spots
- Removes spattered grease from stoves
- Keeps pigeons away, they hate the smell
- Removes all traces of duct tape
- Spraying WD-40 on the distributor cap displaces the moisture and the car will start
- Keeps the bathroom mirror from fogging up
- New York state uses WD-40 to keep the statue of liberty protected from the elements
- Bug guts come off easily with WD-40, protecting your paint from eroding paint damage
- Lubricates sticking window tracks in home windows, for easier opening
- Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers keeping them running smoothly
- If a tube of lipstick gets washed and dried in the laundry, spray the stains with WD-40 and rewash the items
- Lubricates prosthetic limbs
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