(registration probably not required; if it is, use Bugmenot)
And to all those naysayers here (you know--"WD-40 is nothing but
crap!"), the article says:
Convair, a unit of General Dynamics, first used WD-40 to protect the
outer skin of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion. The product
worked so well that employees sneaked WD-40 cans out of the plant to use
People’s enthusiasm for sending in ideas for using WD-40 mushroomed
under Mr. Barry. The uses included preventing squirrels from climbing
into a birdhouse; lubricating tuba valves; cleaning ostrich eggs for
craft purposes; and freeing a tongue stuck to cold metal.
A bus driver in Asia used WD-40 to remove a python that had coiled
itself around the undercarriage of his bus.
I still use it myself for certain things (not everything: there are
better lubricants for some situations, but it's a pretty good GP lube).
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
Actually, as a "lube" it is so-so but temporary. Whatever lube properties
it has mostly dissapear when the carrier fluid evaporates.
The stuff left behind "Pure WD-40" does a VERY good job of displacing
The temporary "lube" property can be an advantage when you just want to
"loosen" something but don't want a permanent oil mess. It can also "wash
away" old lube that's gotten dirty or "stiffened up."
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