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Date:         Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:08:31 -0600
Reply-To:     Tom Hargrave <thargrav@HIWAAY.NET>
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From:         Tom Hargrave <thargrav@HIWAAY.NET>
Subject:      Re: WD-40....Fact or Fiction?
Comments: To: John Rodgers <inua@CHARTER.NET>
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Depending on your perspective, WD-40 is a victim or success of its own marketing.

WD-40 was designed as a water dispersant and I doubt that it contains oil of any kind because it eventually dries up.

WD-40 is not a lubricant & I would not trust the stuff on the dash of any vehicle I own or in most of the other applications listed below because I don't know what the solvents will do long term.

I use WD-40 for what it is intended for plus I use the stuff to help loosen frozen bolts.


From: Vanagon Mailing List [mailto:vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM] On Behalf Of John Rodgers Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 10:50 AM To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM Subject: WD-40....Fact or Fiction?

Trying to keep the Dash in the ol' Vanagons clean and shiny is something we all struggle with, and plastics in them die a slow death as the sun cooks the oil out of them and they com apart. So what to do.

Someone sent this list to me a few days ago, claiming WD-40 as some kind of miracle cleaner/lubricant, and in reading the list, discovered the claim that WD-40 can be used to clean and restore the dash and seats in your car/van. There were many other auto related claims as well. I have included the list here, and was wondering if anyone had any experience with any of these applications of WD-40 to our Vans.


Here are some WD-40 uses including vehicle uses applications:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing. 2. Removes road tar and grime from cars. 3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings. 4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.. 5. Keeps flies off cows. 6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.. 7. Removes lipstick stains. 8. Loosens stubborn zippers. 9. Untangles jewelry chains. 10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks. 11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill. 12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing. 13. Removes tomato stains from clothing. 14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots . 15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors. 16. Keeps scissors working smoothly. 17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes. 18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks. 19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40! 20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide. 21..... Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers. 22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises. 23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open. 24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close. 25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers. 26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.. 27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans. 28. Lubricates wheel sprocket s on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.. 29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly. 30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools. 31. Removes splattered grease on stove. 32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging. 33. 34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell). 35. Removes all traces of duct tape. 36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain. 37. Florida 's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers. 38. The favorite use in the state of New York , WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements. 39. WD-40 attracts fish.. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states. 40. Use it for fire ant bites.. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch. 41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag. 42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone! 43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

P.S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

-- John Rodgers Clayartist and Moldmaker 88'GL VW Bus Driver Chelsea, AL Http://


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