how WD-40 got it's name

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Subject: Fw: WD-40

This was e-mailed to me. I don't know about you all...But I use ALOT of the stuff. -Missi

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' 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 heir Atlas missile parts. The workers were so pleased with the product, they began smuggling (also known as "shrinkage" or "stealing") it our 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 "brewmaster." 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
> Looses 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 playgym slide a shine for a super fast slide
> Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers
> Rids rocking chairs 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
> We're not through. Here's more;
> 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, etc.,
to relieve arthritis pain.
> One guy 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.

> 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).

> 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 have had 50 successful years.

I try not to run my chain saw but a couple of months per year.
That makes it hard to start after sitting 9 or 10 months.
One shot of WD-40 into the carb. and it hits on the second pull
When your hands are covered in grease and oil wash with WD-40 first, then use soap and water.
I knew an old cowboy that lived way out in the breaks - about 100 miles from town. He had a mare that got wirecut and the wound was gapped open and swollen when he found her. He didn't have any medicine to put on the wound so in order to keep the flies off and keep the wound soft he sprayed it with WD-40 several times a day. Claims it healed plumb good, with no proud flesh and barely left a scar.
An old hog hunting buddy of mine used it on his dogs to keep bugs and fleas off of them. Heck of alot cheaper than all this stuff on the market specifically designed for that.
I have a neighbor that uses WD-40 for pinkeye. Says to keep the spray tub on and if you can get close enough to give the eye a good shot the cow will keep it's eyelid closed for a couple days and then be fine. Haven't had the bad luck to have to try this for the past few years so I can't verify the claim, he swears by it though. Better than getting them in and trying to put a patch on. Hope this helps somebody.
WD 40

I had Vultures bothering a cow immediately after she had had a calf. I tried to scare them off but they would only go to a nearby tree and wait until I started to leave then go back to cow. I sprayed the afterbirth with WD 40 and a circle around the pair...The Vultures left for good.