Finally the 411 on the 40

Water displacement or Lubricant?

Finally the 411 on the 40


I was trying to order some lubricant from the catalog from our store house at our company and couldn’t seem to find WD40. I tried searching WD40 and it didn’t help. I tried putting in Lubricant and I got about 20 hits but not WD40. I tried spray lube and no WD40. Now at this time I am getting frustrated at the amount of time I am wasting looking for WD40. Normally with any other product I would just take whatever worked well and moved on. With WD40 being the equivalent in our industry as Robitussin is to the self medication industry so I was not going to be detoured. 

I talked to the person who normally does our ordering and asked why I can’t find the WD40 cans explaining I couldn’t found it under the lubricants section. He then proceeded to explain to me the reason I couldn’t find it under lubricants is because it is not a lubricant it can be found under water displacement tool. I did a fuzzy search on “water displacement tool” and there it was the ever useful WD40. Well thanks for the trivia lesson there Mr. Trebek.

I am really good at trivia games and believed I was equipped with a ton of useless knowledge and I would be the guy you would want to call if in need of a lifeline on a game show, so being outsmarted by a guy who listens to rap music on purpose and knows the names and careers stats of every Professional Wrestler on TV really smarted.

 I started thinking about what else do I not know about WD40? My quest had begun!

 First, I went to the all knowing Google and did a quick search and found tons of stuff although I am sure you and Alex Trebek over here knows all about these facts that may have escaped me all these many years.

Can WD40 will fix a squeaky wheel? You bet it can but did you know these tidbits of info:

WD40 began as a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. It was created at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Developed by Rocket Scientist is cool enough but its name comes from the project that was to find a “Water Displacement” compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40.

Okay apparently Mr. Smarty pants knew all of that. In fact to add salt in my wound he proclaimed DUH! Speaking of salt, I found multiple uses for salt and Vinegar, but those are other articles.

Anyway, Mr. Smarty pants is now cleaning the dumpsters while I find out more about this Mysterious Water Displacement formula #40.Come to find out it is said that the basic ingredient is FISH OIL! I take fish oil supplements every day but will refrain from shooters of the formula 40, unless the rum really starts to flow! then it anybodies guess. Let’s get to it then.


Here are some of the uses; and my comments as well…no need to thank me, sarcasm is another service we provide.

1) Protects silver from tarnishing; it may work but I am poor so the closest thing to silver we have is stainless steel, Don’t Judge me, its silver and shiny.

2) Removes road tar and grime from cars; this is a fact but it don’t just spray it off, you have to use some elbow grease as well and that will be addressed later in the post.

3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings; maybe but I am leery of the residue on the fret board.

4) Gives some floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making it slippery; unless your boots are wet.

5) Keeps flies off cows and gives the coat a shiny appearance; To test this I did spray it on a cow patty and there weren’t any flies on the side of the pile hosed down with WD40 and it kept a shiny sheen for a couple hours or longer, I go bored and left.

6) Restores and cleans chalkboards; but does it help that irritating sound your finger nails make?

7) Removes lipstick stains; so the evidence is gone but you have to come up with a story of why you smell like a auto shop, no worries just show her your AAA card.

8) Loosens stubborn zippers; OMG insert your own joke here!

9) Untangles jewelry chains; Homey that’s off the chain!

10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks; that’s funny! Think about it Stains on a stainless steel sink. Whatever; it works and it works on our stainless steel grill as well.

11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill; what did I just tell you?

12) Keeps ceramic garden pots from oxidizing; Maybe, but since we eat the food we grow out of those pots I will have to pass on this even if it is just fish oil.

13) Removes tomato stains from clothing; Note to self be more careful with your bloody Mary!

14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots; but your shower stall smells like an auto shop, could work in conjunction with the lip stick referenced above!

15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors and makes them repel water; Why wouldn’t it after all it is water displacement formula.

16) Keeps scissors working smoothly; Is this a hint towards the lubrication confusion?

17) Lubricates noisy door hinges; there it is, I restate the above retort!

18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor; even if you meant to make black marks on the floor “WE NEED MILK” in black marks tend to get attention!

19) It will remove bug guts from your car; and why not? It removes road tar!

20) You can apply it to a sled, skids or a slide to give it a shine and to reduce friction; Conjures up memories of the movie Christmas vacation.

21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers; it also works on the wheels and cables of a push mower Mr. Money bags!

22) Quiets down that squeaky wheel or spring; Not by displacing water mister.

23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open; If it is not lubricant then why do they keep suggesting it will lubricate all this stuff?

24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close; and this action will give you that special aroma when you arrive.

25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers; But then try to explain that fish oil smell. Amazing Fish oil does all this? How’s it on tires?

26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles; Nice Rack!

27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans; There’s that word again! Why don’t they say it water displaces and stops squeaks?

28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling; Wasn’t this one covered by all the other stops squeaks comments?

29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly; correction, Displaces water and keeps them running smoothly.

30) Keeps rust from forming on saws, saw blades, and other tools, too many to mention; that is a fact I spray chains down and place them in a bucket.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove; I attempted to try this and was quickly corrected by my beautiful Bride, seems she will have none of that! She sounds squeaky to me!

32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging; Again nixed by my bride seems she prefers that lilac smell, does WD40 have different scents?

33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs; Will it work on peg legs? We are The Pirates Republic after all. Yo HO HO and A bottle of 40

34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony it seems they hate the smell; No surprise there, so does my lovely bride.

35) Removes all traces of duct tape; Does C.S.I. know this? I love duct tape!

36) Folks use it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain!;  I thought this was Crap but I was telling a guy about this claim and he said “hell yes it works, I use it on rough days”. He said “hey man its fish oil!” Great another Smarty Pants Know it all fish oil saleman!!

37) Spray it on tent window netting to ward off flies and mosquitoes;  I sprayed it on the window netting on our camping tent on the beach but honestly I can’t tell you if it worked because of an over indulgence of Mai Tai’s.

38) It is rumored WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements; that’s great I just wonder what protects her from New Yorkers?

39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait;  UH…..NO! It’s fish oil isn’t that a kin to cannibalism? Who made this list?

40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away and stops the itch; I wonder if it will work on vampires.

41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls; Children are great for putting crayon on the walls!

42) If you have ever washed a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!; Call Mary Kay she needs a reload.

43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start; and of course you wouldn’t have to do this if you stay out of the water high enough for your distributor cap to get wet. But I am glad they are getting around to that water displacement thing!

44) Use to loosen up rusty nuts and Screws: Insert your own comment here!

45) Cleans piano keys; maybe, but wouldn’t you want to choose something that smells better?

46) Keeps wicker chairs from squeaking: Because it displaces water??

 47) Lubricates small rolling toys; Lubricates small rolling children

 48) Cleans patio door glide strip; How??

 49) Removes crayon from clothes dryer; (make sure to unplug dryer first)

 50) Keeps metal wind chimes rust-free; Do the keep them annoying noise free?

 51) Helps join plastic shelving to make disassembly easier; So they just fall apart?

 52) Lubricates hinge on pruning shears; I never saw a can of the 40in Edward scissorhands!

 53) Lubricates screws on lawn furniture; Well Insert your own comment here.

 54) Lubricates hydraulic rams on slideout of 5th wheel; of course the actual grease would lubricate it as well and you wont have to wonder if it displaces the water

 55) Cleans fiberglass bathtubs: swimming with the fishes YEA!

 56) Cleans and prevents rust on oil tank exterior; Because it displaces water don’t you know.

 57) Cleans and protects bed of wheelbarrows; if I could get it to penetrate the cement left in there.

 58) Prevents rust on swamp cooler nuts; Yet another opportunity to insert you own joke.

 59) Removes tea stains from countertops; so does not spilling tea in the first place.

 60) Lubricates gate locks; I want my gate to shreek when someone attempts to open it! I call it an early warning system.

 61) Removes crayon from carpet; and from the walls so it seems.

 62) Removes tape marks from the wall where posters hung; Mmmmm, Cathy Lee Crosby and Farrah Faucet come on fells give me a hell ya!!

 63) Shines leaves of artificial houseplants; And gives them that fresh fish smell, whats not right with this picture?

 64) Keeps snow from sticking to shovel; Maybe, but nothing beats the sunshine mate.

 65) Removes coffee stains on floor tiles; this must be an accident prone household.

 66) Keeps hose ends from corroding; Rolling them up and putting them away so they are not left out in the yard does wonders as well.

 67) Lubricates moving parts on playground equipment; yep so little Johnny can really get that tether ball a swinging, I see an accident waiting to happen there.

 68) Removes crayon from plastic; That’s why grandma put it on the couch buddy.

 69) Removes decals from bathtubs; the larger question is why is your tub being sponsored by NASCAR?

 70) Removes old cellophane tape: Just leave it on, why you got to be a hater?

 71) Removes crayon from shoes; seems we have a crayon epidemic.

 72) Cleans ashtrays; Ashtrays? Use a spit cup lady.

 73) Cleans and protects underside of cast iron skillets; Warning WD40 is Flammable

 74) Removes ink from carpet; Get your tattoos in the kitchen like everyone else does.

 75) Keeps garden plant cages bright and rust free; why do you cage your plants? Really how wild can they be?

 76) Prevents mildew growth on fountain; because it displaces water, duh!

 77) Removes marks from floors left by chair feet; are chairs feet ticklish?

 78) Removes crayon from chalk boards; why are people hating on Crayons?

 79) Eliminates static on volume and tuning control knobs; but because it is fish oil and could ruin the contacts of the electronic leads of your system so I will go ahead and use electronic safe cleaner, but that’s just me.

 80) Cleans candle soot; so does water and it doesn’t smell like fish oil.

 81) Removes ink from blue jeans; keep off the carpet.

 82) Cleans residue on luggage handles; ewww, where are you traveling?

 83) Cleans old muffin tins; it states right on the can harmful if swallowed

 84) Cleans gold-plated faucets; excuse me Ritchie Rich it does just fine on my stainless steel faucets.

 85) Removes petroleum stains from clothing; magically or do you have to use the washer as well?

 86) Keeps sewing needles from rusting; can’t be having no rusty needles.

 87) Removes Kool-Aid stains from carpet and fabric; Along with the ink and crayon stains I think a pattern is emerging.

 88) Removes gunk from plastic dish-drainer; shouldn’t the dishes be clean before you put them in the Drainer?

 89) Removes rust from curtain rods; side effect is that your house smells like an auto shop.

 90) Removes adhesive from precious china; it also removes adhesives from your not so precious china, shhh, it’s our little secret.

 91) Cleans bottoms of pots and pans; Precious little bottoms. Who’s a cute little pot and pan? You are, yes you are.

 92) Helps prevent rust on hide-a-key containers; Water displacement Formula hard at work for you.

 93) Cleans vinyl garage doors; Okay but once you have it all wiped down then you cant wash it off because it repels the water what a dichotomy

 94) Cleans doggie doo from tennis shoes; so does the neighbors face for letting their dogs poo in your yard, Get home stupid mutt, oh sorry Mrs. Lancaster your dog was just crapping on my lawn again. Its okay I’ve got WD40! 

 95) Removes gunk when replacing old faucets; More Kitchen Gunk, they could have saved time and just said it cleans the entire kitchen gunk, there that about covers it eh?

96) Cleans and protects medicine door latches; I am sure it will do the same for all types of latches but they used the medicine latches to sound smart.

 Well there is actually another longer list of uses for this Magic formula elixir and you can read it here. It goes on and on and on I am positive. I have gone past my ability to stay focus so if you have any other uses for the WD40 magical mystery lubricant Water displacement liquid then email us and let us know. We used to use it as a blow torch when I was younger and again about 12 minutes ago. Fish Oil indeed!  This is not recommended without Adult supervision!! (thats why I had to wait for Tut). It went something like this “hold my beer and watch this……………..there’s a fire! …………. Dawg where’s your eyebrow’s? …………… who’s got the number to 911?”

 Thanks for sharing my learning experience with me

 Here’s to fair weather my friends.

 Salty Dawg 

The Pirates Republic

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