Quick Question: What does WD-40® stand for? Read on for the answer.
It is likely not an exaggeration to say that almost every other garage or home today will have a blue can of WD-40® on hand. The product, as some have claimed, is more popular than the iPod.
If you don’t already know, founder of Rocket Chemical Company Norm Larsen is considered the original founder of WD-40®.
In 1953, Rocket Chemical was then just a fledgling company with a staff of three when they set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry. In a small lab in San Diego, California, USA, they hit the “eureka!” moment on the 40th try, hence the name WD-40®, which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try!
The product was first used by Convair, an aerospace contractor, to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. But then Larsen made an aerosol spray version and the first debuted on shore shelves in San Diego in 1958.
In a small lab in San Diego, California, USA, they hit the “eureka!” moment on the 40th try, hence the name WD-40®, which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try!
The product worked so well − still does in fact − that it is now regarded a handy essential in almost every household, over 60 years since it was first created, with over 2000 uses for the product discovered by end-consumers. (To find out some of those 2000 uses, click here.)
Interestingly, as the product’s popularity spread over the years, some funny stories have been circulated about it. Here’re some funny ones that have reached myth status:
Facts Versus Myth
1 Myth: Our secret formula isn’t such a secret
Fact: Nah-uh. Over 60 years on, the formulation of the WD-40® Multi-Use product is still a trade secret. So all the wild claims out there alleging the “secret sauce” isn’t so secret anymore isn’t true.
2 Myth: WD-40® contains fish oil
Fact: Countless customers have shared over the years that they caught some of their biggest fish ever after using WD-40® to protect their fish hooks and lures. Some assumed this product contain fish oil as it appears to attract fish. But sorry folks, that’s not true.
**Note: While WD-40® can be used to help protect fishing equipment from rust and corrosion, we don’t recommend using it to attract fish.**
3 Myth: WD-40® Multi-Use Product is not really a lubricant
Fact: Actually, while the “WD” in WD-40® stands for Water Displacement, the product is a unique, special blend of lubricants. The product’s formulation also contains anti-corrosion agents and ingredients for penetration, water displacement and soil removal.
4 Myth: WD-40® Multi-Use Product shouldn’t be used on bike chains
Fact: Though WD-40® Multi-Use Product is not a grease, it is formulated with strong lubricating oils and other ingredients. So it is a terrific product to use for bike maintenance. It also does not attract dirt or moisture to metal surfaces. So do use it on bikes and just be sure to wipe off any excess of the spray before riding.
5 Myth: WD-40® cures arthritis!
Fact: Nope. NO WAY. The WD-40® Company does not recommend the use of WD-40® for medical purposes, and knows no reason why it would be deemed effective for arthritis pain relief. The product contains petroleum distillates and should be handled with the same precaution for any product containing this type of material.
To learn more about WD-40® and its many uses — including demo videos — check out wd40.asia today!
Now that we’ve whetted your appetite on some of the uses of WD-40® here’s 20 more from their list of 2000 uses that you never would have thought of!
- Clean your old collectable coins.
- Clean piano keys.
- Lubricates small rolling toys.
- Removes scuff marks from ceramic tiles.
- Removes crayon from walls.
- Keeps metal windchimes from rusting.
- Lubricates keyholes including your car door keyholes, helps turn the locks.
- Spray on watchband to keep it from pulling on your arm hairs.
- Remove ink stains from all of your leathers.
- Break in your new baseball mitt.
- Removes ink stains from denim.
- Wash cement, oil and tar from your hands after a hard day’s work.
- Spray on dried paint before scraping to make it come off easier.
- Remove leftover adhesive from the stickers on your new sunglasses.
- Spray a little on the end of your ballpoint pens to clean them off.
- Remove gum from the floor mats in your car.
- Clean the finger holes in your bowling ball.
- Spray it over stagnant water to keep mosquito eggs from hatching (useful against dengue but make sure you don’t have pets that will drink the water).
- Removes gum from wallpaper
- Penetrates and frees stuck toilet shutoff valve