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FACT vs MYTH

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.

FACT OR MYTH?

WD-40® was originally developed for use on space ships?

...FACT!

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.

FACT OR MYTH?

Is the WD-40® formula top secret?

...FACT!

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.

FACT OR MYTH?

Police officers once used WD-40® to remove a naked burglar from an air conditioning vent.

...FACT!

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®

Are you a WD-40® expert? Quiz yourself!

A bus driver in Asia used WD-40® to remove a python, which had coiled itself around the undercarriage of his bus.

Fact: This did actually occur.

Crayola® Stain Removal Tips recommends using WD-40® Multi-Use Product to remove (regular) crayon marks from a variety of surface

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.

Does WD-40® contain fish oil?

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.

WD-40® cures arthritis.

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.

Police officers used WD-40® to remove a naked burglar trapped in an air conditioning vent.

Fact: This did actually occur.

WD-40® has over 2000+ uses

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.

WD-40® Removes tar, bugs and bird poo from painted surfaces

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.

WD-40® Cleans and polishes alloy wheels and metal surfaces

Fact: Correct. WD-40® is great for polishing tarnished surfaces, cleaning surface rust and removes finger prints from stainless steel.

WD-40® Removes chewing gum from hard surfaces?

Fact: Correct. WD-40® is also great when it comes to removing grease, grime, surface rust, and other marks from most surfaces.

WD-40® Penetrates into to help stuck or rusted parts?

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.

WD-40® was originally developed for use on space ships?

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.

Is the WD-40® Formula a secret?

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.

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