WD-40: A Staple in Every Workshop

WD-40: A Staple in Every Workshop

, by David Edwards, 2 min reading time

WD-40 is not just a product; it's a legend in garages, workshops, and homes around the world. With a history dating back to the 1950s, when it was first developed by the Rocket Chemical Company to prevent rust in the aerospace industry, WD-40 has since become a household name for maintenance, repair, and cleaning tasks.

The Origins of WD-40

The "WD" in WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement," with the "40" representing the number of attempts it took to perfect the formula. This concoction was first used to protect the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. The product's versatility was quickly recognised, and it was made available to the public in 1958.

10 Surprising Uses in Your Workshop

For automotive enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals in garages and workshops, WD-40 offers a range of surprising and inventive uses beyond just squeak elimination and rust prevention:

  1. Lubricating and Protecting Equipment: From lubricating door hinges to protecting tools from rust, WD-40 is a go-to solution.
  2. Cleaning: It can effectively remove grease, grime, and other substances from metal parts​.
  3. Preventing Rust: Apply WD-40 on tools and equipment to prevent rust and corrosion​.
  4. Removing Adhesive: It can help in removing stickers, tape residue, and glue from surfaces without causing damage​.
  5. Waterproofing: A spray on exposed electrical systems can help displace moisture and prevent water damage.
  6. Easing Disassembly: Stuck parts can be loosened by spraying WD-40, making disassembly easier​.
  7. Cleaning and Polishing Stainless Steel: WD-40 can bring back the shine to dull stainless steel tools and surfaces.
  8. Protecting Leather: A light coating can help protect leather seats and surfaces from moisture and wear​.
  9. Preventing Squeaks: It is well-known for its ability to eliminate squeaks from belts, bearings, and hinges​.
  10. Attracting and Removing Pests: Surprisingly, WD-40 can be used to attract and remove pests like wasps and cockroaches without harsh chemicals​.

Innovations and Special Editions

The WD-40 Company has consistently innovated, introducing products like the WD-40 Specialist line for trade professionals and WD-40 BIKE for cycling maintenance. Collaborations with designers like Chip Foose have resulted in collectible cans and charity initiatives, demonstrating the brand's commitment to community and quality.

WD-40's formula is a closely guarded secret, ensuring its unique properties remain unmatched. Despite numerous attempts to analyse its composition, the exact formula remains a trade secret, stored in a secure vault​.

A Tool for Every Task

Whether you're a professional mechanic, a dedicated hobbyist, or an automotive enthusiast, WD-40 is an indispensable tool in your arsenal. Its wide range of applications makes it a versatile ally in maintenance, cleaning, and protection tasks, ensuring your workshop runs smoothly and efficiently.

Embrace the power of WD-40 and discover new uses for this iconic product in your projects. It's not just about fixing problems—it's about unlocking potential in your workshop and beyond.


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