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WD-40 Tips and Uses

Tue, March 8, 2016     |   Bay Engineers Supplies Blog

 What can you do with WD-40?


Back in 1953 WD-40 was developed by a fella named Norman Larsen in San Diego.  Larsen’s new Water Displacement product took 40 attempts to perfect, hence the name WD-40.

Many workshops, businesses and homes have a trusty can of WD-40 on a bench, shelf or under the sink.  It was likely purchased to stop a squeak or loosen a rusty part.  Are you aware of all of the other great things WD-40 can do?  Bay Engineers Supplies have put together a list below which includes some very unique ideas you may not have known about.


Have a stuck ring on your finger?  Try a class of WD-40 as a first option.

Have a rusty surface?  Apply WD-40 and let sit for ten minutes.  Use a wire brush to clean the surface up.  Re-apply WD-40 and let sit for another ten minutes and then use sandpaper.  Repeat until finished.

Bug bugging you?  A direct shot on a cockroach will take it out of action..  Spray some around door frames and windows and other crawling insects like spiders will also stay away.

Spray some WD-40 under your eaves and wasps will build there nests over at the neighbours place!

Spray some WD-40 on your shovel and watch dirt, mud and snow slide away with ease.

Clean pesky toilet bowl stains with a spray of WD-40 and a toilet brush.

Have the kids rubbed chewing gum into their little brother’s hair or into the new carpet?  Spray a bit of WD-40 and come back in a few minutes and pull the gum away easily.

Is the office whiteboard looking a bit worse for wear?  WD-40 to the rescue!  Spray a bit and wipe to make to remove whiteboard marker pen marks.

Have an artistic toddler?  Use WD-40 to remove crayon from walls or even the clothes dryer if a random crayon happened to mysteriously make it’s way in there.

Aluminium door and window frames looking a bit rough?  WD-40 will help to remove oxidisation.

If you spray a bit of WD-40 on your wooden outdoor furniture legs mildew will be prevented.

Are you a bit of a Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen?  WD-40 will clean up splash guards real fast.

Looking to store some tiny acres or bolts in an old medicine bottle?  A little WD-40 will help remove old labels quickly.

Have some unsightly smoke stains?  WD-40 to the rescue!

WD-40 and a bit of elbow grease will remove water spots from glass and shower doors.

Do you want to keep your silver sparkling?  Wd-40 will stop it from turning black.

Have a denim or leather jacket which was stained by ink?  WD-40 will help.

WD-40 can be used to waterproof shoes and boots!

Getting ready for the ski season?  Clean wax off of your snowboard or skis with some WD-40 and a scraper.

Protect your boat!  Salt water can be highly corrosive.  A decent dose of WD-40 on the stern after use will keep our boat looking shipshape for years.


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