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Old 12-19-2007, 07:30 AM   #1
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Wd-40

OK i'v heard alot of talk around the web about WD-40 not doing it's intended job. What's the deal? Is this true? Why? Also I've heard it's "only" good for drying things out. How do you use it to dry things out?

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According to a buddy of mine that worked for SDG&E WD-40 was developed to displace water in electronics, it does that very well. I've used it numerous times when an engine has been swamped. I take the distributor cap off and spray the inside liberally and it clears up the misfiring.
It can also stop squeaks and makes a good gun cleaning solvent.
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I did some research on WD-40.com and this is wat i found so far:
It took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. But they must have been really good, because the original secret formula for WD-40—which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today.

Convair, an aerospace contractor, first used WD-40 to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. The product actually worked so well that several employees snuck some WD-40 cans out of the plant to use at home...............
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Ya, its good for what it was meant for, and much much more, but many people try and use it as a penetrating lube or grease. Works for a little bit, but not what it was originally designed for, and thats why you hear all the "WD40 DOESNT WORK" bs on the internet.
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Ya, its good for what it was meant for, and much much more, but many people try and use it as a penetrating lube or grease. Works for a little bit, but not what it was originally designed for, and thats why you hear all the "WD40 DOESNT WORK" bs on the internet.
It's just the new marketing techniques form the competitiors nowadays to bash the other guys product and make theirs look better.

WD40 works great for general purpose. However, if you are trying to loosen a rusted fastener, PB or CRC is the way to go if you prefer not to wait.
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I did some research on WD-40.com and this is wat i found so far:
It took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. But they must have been really good, because the original secret formula for WD-40—which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today.

Convair, an aerospace contractor, first used WD-40 to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. The product actually worked so well that several employees snuck some WD-40 cans out of the plant to use at home...............
I saw an episode of Modern Marvels about WD40. They had no plans to market it to the general public, until they found so much "missing."
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MCG is right. I seem to remember something about wd-40 standing for Water Displacement 40th attempt. Works great for displacing water and a temperary quick lube on drill bits during fab work if you have no oil around. Everyone will have their own opinion about it like everything else on the web. I always have a can in the garage and use it for a few things including throwing it at the mouse that has been eluding me for 2 months now.
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including throwing it at the mouse that has been eluding me for 2 months now.
Two months?!?!?! Man he's earned his right to stay.
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Two months?!?!?! Man he's earned his right to stay.
He eluded our new cat last night. I was excited when the cat went on the hunt but it ended up being like a scene from Tom and Jerry. The cat chased it around the chair and waited while the mouse ran out the other side to freedom. I just shrugged and started to think of names for the mouse.
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He eluded our new cat last night. I was excited when the cat went on the hunt but it ended up being like a scene from Tom and Jerry. The cat chased it around the chair and waited while the mouse ran out the other side to freedom. I just shrugged and started to think of names for the mouse.
Name him "Eugene"
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He eluded our new cat last night. I was excited when the cat went on the hunt but it ended up being like a scene from Tom and Jerry. The cat chased it around the chair and waited while the mouse ran out the other side to freedom. I just shrugged and started to think of names for the mouse.

We've got one in the living room that's been pissing me off, Little bastage actually eats the peanut butter off the traps without setting them off.
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We've got one in the living room that's been pissing me off, Little bastage actually eats the peanut butter off the traps without setting them off.
But, Honey, it's soooo cuuuuute!
I think our boy has been helping it out so his rubber rat will have a friend.

WD-40 is also good for getting rid of yellowjackets. When I was a kid, we had a nest of them between the wall and siding of our house. My brother shot some WD-40 into the tiny lil crack they were getting in and out from and, the ones that didn't die on the spot, flew away and never came back. And, the back porch had that pleasant WD-40 smell for months.

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