Over the years, we've received literally thousands of letters from WD-40® users eager to share their unique - and often times bizarre - uses for the product with us. From bus drivers in Asia fighting off coiled pythons to naked robbers trapped in air conditioning ducts...sometimes facts are stranger than fiction.
It took them 40 tries to get it right, but chemist Norman Larsen and his Rocket Chemical Company first developed WD-40®’s unique water-displacement formula in 1953 as protectant for the outer skin of the Atlas Missile.
WD-40®’s unique formula has remained a secret for more than 60 years, written on a single notepad and locked away in a vault at an undisclosed location. We’d like to tell you more, but our lips are sealed.
When a would-be bandit, dressed in nothing more than his birthday suit, found himself stuck in a duct while attempting to flee the scene of a crime, cops were able to grease him free with nothing more than a few trusty sprays of WD-40®
Fact: This did actually occur.
Fact: WD-40® can remove crayon when it ends up on toys, flooring, furniture, painted walls, wallpaper, windows, doors, and television screens. Spray on WD-40® and wipe it off.
Myth: Many people claim they’ve caught some of the biggest fish ever after protecting their fish hooks and lures with WD-40®. We believe this legend came from folks assuming the product must contain fish oil since it appears to attract fish.
Myth: This popular headline, appearing at least once a year in the tabloids, is completely FALSE. WD-40® Company does not recommend the use of WD-40® for medical purposes, and knows no reason why WD-40® would be effective for arthritis pain relief.
Fact: This did actually occur.
Fact: WD-40® is a Multi-Use Product, with five basic functions. WD-40®’s versatility means that the product performs as five products in one can, quite literally allowing 2000+ uses for around the home, garden or garage.
Fact: WD-40® gets under build up on painted car surfaces, allowing surfaces to be easy cleaned without damaging the paint. Just spray, wait and wipe.
Fact: Correct. WD-40® is great for polishing tarnished surfaces, cleaning surface rust and removes finger prints from stainless steel.
Fact: Correct. WD-40® is also great when it comes to removing grease, grime, surface rust, and other marks from most surfaces.
Fact: WD-40® loosens rust stuck to metal bonds and frees stuck, frozen or rusted parts. The lubricating properties of WD-40 then keep these parts working freely.
Fact: WD-40® was originally created by the Rocket Chemical Company in 1953, it took scientists 40 formulations to perfect this unique water displacement technology. Dubbed Water Displacement 40th attempt, the product was later shortened to it’s now iconic name WD-40.
Fact: The over 60-year-old formulation of WD-40® Multi-Use Product remains a secret today. Any information that you may encounter alleging the disclosure of the “secret sauce” is inaccurate. The formula is written on a single notepad locked in a vault.
"WD-40" is a registered trademark. "Muti-Use Product" is the product category. For simplicity on this website, WD-40® Multi-Use Product is sometimes shortened to WD-40®
Many of the uses WD-40® Multi-Use Product and WD-40® Specialist® products described on this website were provided to WD-40 Company by end-users of the products, and do not constitute recommendations or suggestions for use by WD-40 Company. These uses have not been tested by WD-40 Company. Consumers should exercise common sense whenever using WD-40 Company products. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on packaging.
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