Who Invented WD-40?

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William Peterson
William Peterson

In my opinion you look 100 times better with out hair

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Brett Williams
Brett Williams

​@Grimbeard Mate, go outside, and take a deep breath, smell the earth. its not important. Some folk like slap heads like vim diesel, some like yeti's like moist critical. I have lots of hair but i'm buying more because it gets cold here in northern Europe. My legs look like chewbacca''s now and i'm getting divorced. Any Teen wolf fans here? only its more boomer wolf.

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Grimbeard
Grimbeard

It's disappointing that you, of all people Simon, are actively maintaining society's anti-bald attitude by presenting baldness as a 'problem' that people need to solve with medical intervention.

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Michael Parker
Michael Parker

Change your shampoo every 3 days and you will have much less of a chance of going bald.

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Brett Williams
Brett Williams

@Victoria Eads I agree, his head is a most agreeable shape. It doesn't make me think about tapping it with a spoon and dipping 1 inch wide strips of bread into the yolky insides.

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lvbfan
lvbfan

The amazing thing about WD-40 is that I'm 50 years-old and have never thrown away a can of WD-40, but I keep on buying them. I've bought maybe 20 cans in my adult life, but don't know where they are. WD-40 disappears like socks in the dryer or Tupperware lids!

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trenthink
trenthink

I find this comment incredibly interesting, because I’ve thrown countless numbers of cans of wd-40 away, but never ever succeed in actually emptying one! The aerosol cans seem to contain the advertised amount, along with just enough propellant to get about half of it out.

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Sean Moritzky
Sean Moritzky

@Raymond Fagan OMG how do they not sell these in bulk? I borrowed my wife's 10mm for 1 MINUTE (because I'd already "used" all of mine) and it's gone. I got flashbacks to Stan from Southpark investing money but right in front of my eyes

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Nick Brutanna
Nick Brutanna

@Raymond Fagan Raymond Fagan They're right next to all your 10 mm sockets. I keep them right next to the 9mm, 10mm, and 11mm adjustable crescent wrenches.

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Ronald Américo
Ronald Américo

I completely agree with you! In my work area it happen all time and I can't explain to my leader where is the WD-40 can, because I actually do not know! Oh gosh I'm not alone

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Little Circles - Topic
Little Circles - Topic

It’s cause your kids took it to spray their skateboard wheels or mess with anything weird

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Irreverent
Irreverent

If copyright wasn't so risky, this would have been a golden opportunity to use the clip of Hank Hill spraying a can of WD40 with a stuck cap with an even smaller can of WD40.

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Robert Hegwood
Robert Hegwood

Bwaaah, that boy ain't right.

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Mark Honea
Mark Honea

@Josh Surber I only watch it for Luanne ❤

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zmblion
zmblion

King of the hill is one of my all time favorite cartoons I wish they would bring it back.. the ending kinda sucked

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Dale Denton
Dale Denton

Fair Use they probably could have used it if it's less than a minute long and for demonstration purposes

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michael mcginnis
michael mcginnis

Or, Al Bundy spraying it to get a shoe on a fat woman.

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Michael Mayhem
Michael Mayhem

Best joke in TV ever is Hank Hill pulling out a smaller can of WD-40 to get lid unstuck on his can of WD-40

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Huwhite Cavebeast
Huwhite Cavebeast

That's fking stupid.

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Bryson Grondin
Bryson Grondin

@Thomas Scheuzger From the American TV show "King of the Hill"

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brian pinion
brian pinion

i talked to Hank , it wasnt a joke

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Sandy Barnes
Sandy Barnes

That slick move from his hip holster was fantastic, I tell ta what

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Arby Jack
Arby Jack

Glad I wasn’t the only person that thought of that! 🤣

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scott bubb
scott bubb

Oh man, I was really hoping Simon would say the Russians launched Sputnik so, in retaliation, the Americans invented WD-40 and were like, "Ha! Beat that!" 😁jk😂

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im not your friend buddy
im not your friend buddy

@Helmut Krahn He's been huffing WD-40 and reading the bible. hes crazy now.

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Jack Hagerty
Jack Hagerty

Even though that animated film during that segment actually showed Project Vanguard.

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pr0xZen
pr0xZen

Not to be obnoxious, but tacking "jk" (and even more past that) onto ironic, sarcastic or comedic posts, is surperflous and detracts significantly from any decent punchline and intended effect. Cut it off after your first emoji(s), they are only there as non-verbal _supports and guiderails_ for your verbal expression. Don't keep on stacking, they're not meant to tell or continue the story and tell that on their own. Doing this is kinda like telling a great joke, but then immediately following the punchline with a *WAY* too loud, nervous and severely fake "spoken laughter". The joke might as well have been the venerable crown jewel of comedy. But even so, the overall experience and memory your listeners/readers are left with, that drown out everything else - is the übercringy ear-blasting fake "laughter" and the incredible awkward moment that followed. Please recognize, I'm not ragging on your sense of humor; it's fine I guess. But your presentation needs a little more work. Never tack anything more onto and directly following a punchline, beyond a single non-verbal expression, max two together if it's an absolute neccessity for sticking the landing on an easily misunderstood punchline (although the superior measure in such cases would be to tackle the issue at the root; fix the punchline to make it stand firmer on its own merits - rather than piling on a trail of ad hoc to explain the punchline. Sometimes less is more, and that is _very_ often the case with jokes, and nearly _always_ the case with punchlines. If you _must_ "explain" and elaborate, bake it into the prologue when setting the stage. Best of luck on your future comedic adventures, have a great day and thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

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Jonathan Wayne Collingsworth
Jonathan Wayne Collingsworth

@nunya , and let's not forget the genius of zip-ties.

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KB
KB

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L J
L J

I love it when Simon is sponsored by Keeps, he always seems so thrilled about the irony

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V Man 73
V Man 73

It’s like Don’t be a fool, I’ve learnt my life lesson, gets this or else take a look at what happens

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crystal sheep
crystal sheep

Yep

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Aaron Seet
Aaron Seet

Thought it's the perfect "don't be that guy" advertisement.

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mulletjocks
mulletjocks

Today I Found Out knowing heaps of trivia doesn’t help keeping your hair!

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Sky Den
Sky Den

The greatest spokesman in history is the bald guy who is hired to sell hair loss prevention products.

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Tinplate Dave
Tinplate Dave

WD-40 is one of the best products on earth, I use it nearly everyday for a multitude of tasks for my work. However it's toxicity is definitely underrated. Last year I was using it much more than usual and it was during winter so the ventilation was not adequate. After breathing in WD-40 fumes daily for nearly a year my kidney's went into acute failure and I was hospitalized for a week being pumped full of Sodium Bicarbonate through an IV. The doctors couldn't understand why my Creatinine was at 11 and I they thought I was a street drug junkie. I told them that I use vast amounts of WD-40 everyday and they were flabbergasted by my answer. Just a warning to people to always use this substance in a well ventilated area. Otherwise it's a miracle substance.

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finalascent
finalascent

@nitehawk86 I will NEVER tire of Chubbyemu references!

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Tinplate Dave
Tinplate Dave

@Mark Honea 🤣😂

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Mark Honea
Mark Honea

@Tinplate Dave hmmm. I found a number of cases it turned gold into lead.

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Tinplate Dave
Tinplate Dave

@Mark Honea Actually I’ve found that it’s the missing ingredient for Alchemy. I’ve been making gold out of lead for some time now.

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Mark Honea
Mark Honea

Do you use it as a lubricant primarily or as a solvent? Personally- solvent.

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Steve A
Steve A

A different version is: One only needs two tools in life. WD-40 to make things go, and Duct Tape to make them stop.

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Big Basil
Big Basil

❤ ☭ 🇷🇺 𝒵

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[p]Rick
[p]Rick

And zip ties

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PistolAnnie
PistolAnnie

u can also use non-stick pan spray. I had finally had it with squeaky bedroom door hinge one day.. spotted a cqn of olive oil pan spray. Sprayed the hinged with the pan spray.... swinging the a few times to work it in..... NO Problems SINCE! BUT.... be sure to hold a paper towel under what your spraying... also..Avoid the Cheapy white powdery spray. I've used the buttery spray & Olive Oil spray..... those can be used in a hurry when its all u have.

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Rifle Shooter Channel
Rifle Shooter Channel

@Steve A I’ve never had success using it as a penetrating oil. If anything it will make a stuck bolt worse. Liquid Wrench is nice, as is regular Break Free CLP in a pinch.

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Steve A
Steve A

@Rifle Shooter Channel For getting rid of water, it's great (Water Dispersant - 40...) Or for getting something that's stuck broken free before being properly cleaned and lubricated, it's also very good, but you're absolutely correct, as a general lubricant, it's horrible... collects dirt and evaporates, leaving behind sandpaper.

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Lucius
Lucius

12:26 Definitely not using enough, there's a spot on the floor over there that isn't wet yet. For the love of Pete PLEASE don't use WD-40 on bike chains, fishing reels, bearings, skateboard trucks or any part of a piece of equipment (including automobiles) that contains a rubber bushing. Insufficient lubrication leads to galling and/or seizing in high-load metal-to-metal contact scenarios, while the petroleum base of old DubyaDee will react with the petroleum content of various rubber compounds, softening and degrading them. This means using it as a cheap tire-shine is also ill-advised as car tires contain carbon black, a byproduct of burning certain petroleum distillates. Fishing reels (high speed, intermittent moderate load) get low-viscosity oil, bike and motorbike chains (high speed, moderate load) get high-viscosity oil or semi-fluid grease, and roller-element bearings (high speed, high load) get grease. Rubber components either get silicone or they get replaced. I know it costs more money up front to have multiple lubricants, but you'll not only save money long-term through fewer damaged or failed parts, you'll also have a much better "toolkit". Keep the WD on hand for its original intended use (the one it's actually fairly good at), a temporary corrosion inhibiting coating. The anecdote of the engine, dunked in seawater and subsequently firing right up, means that there was no substantial water ingress into the combustion chambers, so it would have started regardless. No amount of WD-40 can evacuate a cylinder, and an engine trying to compress water will experience rapid unscheduled disassembly. Likewise, while corrosion can absolutely happen overnight, it will be nowhere near enough to seize a marine engine. That was a good old-fashioned PR stunt.

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Philip Gardner
Philip Gardner

Include camera lenses and older watches and clocks, it spreads across the surfaces, attracts dust and they stop working.

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Sean Gannon
Sean Gannon

“Rapid unscheduled disassembly” is definitely the best substitute for “blow the fuck up” I’ve ever heard.

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PFR Streetgang
PFR Streetgang

Infuriating when you have to keep going over the same ground....again and again and

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Norbrookc
Norbrookc

One of my personal fond memories of using WD-40 was at the end of our field exercises in our basic NCO course. We'd been issued M-16's at the start, but not once did we use them... not even shooting blanks. So we were rather shocked when we were told to clean the rifles, and found out that the armory had issued us the rifles used for the branch officer's course. Since apparently the officers weren't required to clean their weapons (go figure), and apparently the armory people didn't want to do it, they fobbed it off on us. The most gunked up rifles you could ever hope to see, and yes, we were cursing them for it. Fortunately, I'd brought a can of WD-40 with me and several spray rinses with it managed to get it clean.

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Norbrookc
Norbrookc

@Jerry Courtney Army

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Jerry Courtney
Jerry Courtney

Jarhead? I’ve been through a similar situation

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allwet66
allwet66

thank you for putting the inventors name out there - so many times company's just take credit no with mention of the true inventor - if someone is your employee you get the profit from inventions you paid for but don't try to erase their names from the records and dam would it have killed anyone to give the man a dozen company shares as a reward -

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Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin

@ttystikk rocks Imagine if the shareholders allocated what would have been 1 share back then, plus interest, to the surviving family members?

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ttystikk rocks
ttystikk rocks

Imagine what that $500 investment in stock at the outset would be worth today?

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Andy Peek
Andy Peek

Thanks Simon. WD 40, was introduced to the old CEGB, to try out in power stations in 1973, Within a week, there was not 1 can left in the stores department, as almost every employee had a can of it their car. We were politely asked by Managers to please leave some for work use.

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Aerin Gothyk
Aerin Gothyk

Some inventions just make an impact that you can’t quite predict

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Michael Evans
Michael Evans

My favorite WD-40 story goes back to college. My apartment mate and my bedrooms shared a wall. After his girlfriend spent the night for the first time that year, I took out a can of WD-40 and placed it on the counter informing him “if you like your privacy, you might want to use this on your bed springs”. He thought it was hilarious while she was a bit embarrassed. She and I got along shortly thereafter, so it was all good and I didn’t hear his bed any more.

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RCBones
RCBones

I have done this haha

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Mark Racer
Mark Racer

And you sir, were the hero of the century by taking over your apartment's mate's duties to its fullest!!! At the end of the night, she came and you went on your way... Job well done!!! GO WD40!!!

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slaying roosters
slaying roosters

@Yew Seng Cheong you're thinking of mattress springs I think. Just move your mattress and spray the frame and springs 😂

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Yew Seng Cheong
Yew Seng Cheong

Don’t get how you spray the bed springs.

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hapimart214
hapimart214

Twist ending…cause she got on to my bed instead

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Mark Banash
Mark Banash

I once interviewed for a research position at WD-40 in San Diego. Inside they had a wall displaying all of the other products that had gone up against WD-40 and had disappeared from the market because WD-40 outperformed them. And when I say wall I mean a wall that was 12 ft high and 8 ft wide. And there must have been at least 10 shelves filled with these former competitors products.

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Favorite Mustard
Favorite Mustard

No, no, no, @John Semeniuk  — that is a different product. _That's not a lot of damage!_ ~Phil Swift @Bimble I've got a nice DuPont White Lithium w/Teflon. They proclaim loudly & proudly what it _can_ do... Taunting WDont—4Ø, almost... lol, but yeah I keep both handy

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Bimble
Bimble

One very succesful competitor here in the UK is GT85 which is similar to WD40 but has Teflon (PTFE) in it to act as a lubricant. WD40 is not actually sold as a lubricant, and doesn't claim to be one, which is probably why the WD40 company bought the manufacturer of GT85 and now sells both products.

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John Semeniuk
John Semeniuk

What a flex.

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Mark Banash
Mark Banash

@Favorite Mustard If I had got the job I would have been one of the few people to actually find out what was in it! >Sigh Actually, the cost of living in San Diego would have been awful. The closest affordable housing I found was a two hour commute East. That's two hours ONE WAY.

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Favorite Mustard
Favorite Mustard

Trophy wall lol I imagine there were a few hangers-on but that sounds like some history shelved

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davidbwa
davidbwa

Another use for WD40 (now quite dated) is to prolong the life of cloth typewriter ribbons. I used this in the navy in the mid 80s, except it was for the cloth ribbon on my dot matrix printer. The impacts happen mainly in the middle which leaves a fair bit of ink at the edges. A very light spray of WD40 and let it sit for a while cause the ink to bleed across the cloth, thus putting more ink into the impact area. Mind you, your letters / print outs have a faint smell of WD40 so it isn't a perfect solution. At the time though I was in the middle of the Indian Ocean and wasn't even going to see land for a couple more months so it was a handy solution at the time. Later I bought new ribbons that didn't stink. LOL Edit to say I didn't invent that. but can't remember where I got it. Read it some place and decided to try it when my ribbon died.

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Don Sands II
Don Sands II

The man behind WD-40 needs global recognition like the inventors of Duct Tapes

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Brissie Beaver
Brissie Beaver

Save the ducks, stop using duct tape

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i_smoke_ghosts
i_smoke_ghosts

@Michael Gallagher hi 👋 im that guy .i didnt know.. i had assumed duct tape was named for sealing ducting .. assumptions - the mother of all fcuk ups.

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Brigt Vik
Brigt Vik

And here was me thinking it was Donald Duct!

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Michael Gallagher
Michael Gallagher

Everyone knows Frank Duct

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Edward Bashaw
Edward Bashaw

Duck tape….not duct tape and it was invented by a woman. https://youtu.be/YMsPmBWUzcQ

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Greg Chambers
Greg Chambers

I loved that in Gran Torino when the Lao kid (Hmong) was starting a tool kit and Clint gave him a roll of duct tape, WD40 and vise grips.

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Phil Hawley
Phil Hawley

@Denny and a 10 lb hammer.

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Greg Chambers
Greg Chambers

@Denny I've used lineman pliers for 50 years.

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Denny
Denny

@Greg Chambers 10 gauge was a bitch to cut with pliers!

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Greg Chambers
Greg Chambers

@Denny or what gauge. (10Awg, 11 Awg or 12Awg.)

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Denny
Denny

Don't forget zip ties & bailing wire. ( half of you are thinking "what in hell is bailing wire?)

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Steel
Steel

WD-40 makes a dry lubricant that is excellent for use in DLP type 3D printers to keep the resin from sticking to the bottom of the reservoir.

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Uncle Ned
Uncle Ned

It is really amazing just how versatile WD-40 is. It's got a true monopoly on the market because there is simply nothing as good or better.

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Oddman1980
Oddman1980

I knew what WD-40 stood for, how it started, and I had a vague idea what was in it, but I watched the video anyway because I knew Mr. Whistler would tell me something I didn't know about the stuff I've used all my life. Learning about the inventor was sad. But it makes me think - there are so many completely unknown people out there who have had a direct effect on the lives of every person on earth, and I'd love to learn more about all of them.

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Robert Dinicola
Robert Dinicola

Whistle dick. Thats what we called it at the machine shop. All machines got sprayed with it before leaving every night. If not, they would be rysting by morning. Forget it on friday, the boss would be pretty mad on monday morning when his 1/4 million $ machine is red!

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Caesius
Caesius

Thank you for this history. More importantly IMO, being one of those attempting to restore inventor *Iver Norman Lawson's* proper place within *WD•40's* history. _Bravo!_

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kstricl
kstricl

Another use: cleaning dried ink from printing drums used in Risograph duplicators. The content list from Wired definitely explains why it works so well.

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JimTheFly
JimTheFly

Back in the 80s and early 90s, I had a Commodore 64 computer and the matching dot matrix printer. Eventually the ribbon would run out of ink and the printing would fade out. I found out that if I sprayed the printer ribbon with WD-40, then rotated it some, then sprayed and rotated a few more times, then let the ribbon dry, it would refresh the ink on the ribbon. I needed to print a little to make sure things were okay, but it worked like a charm every time and saved me so much money on printer ribbons.

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Bernard Fisher
Bernard Fisher

In South Africa we mostly use Q20 spray, which is basically the same as WD40. It was formulated in 1950 by South African William Robertson to displace moisture from a vehicle's distributor cap to prevent breakdowns in wet weather. Interestingly, Q20's parent company these days is CRC Industries from the USA, which according to Wikipedia was set up in 1958 as a competitor to the Chemical Rocket Company. So maybe some industrial espionage was involved...

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formerice
formerice

Used to use kerosene to get water out of distributors, plug wires, etc before WD 40

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Denny
Denny

CRC Chemicals #5-56 is also a similar product in the US. Displaces water and lubricates nearly anything.

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Gone Fishing
Gone Fishing

Thank you for putting the inventors name out there. Poor man and family, they would’ve been set for life. I’m an old lady who, when her hubby passed, had never even seen a bill! But! After years of watching hubby, handing him cans of WD 40 and buying said cans, I sort of know how to use it. I spray it on the door handle etc and my daughter even knew to spray WD 40 on sliding door track. Worked a treat. Great product and I’ve learned many more uses for it. Thank you Simon snd belated thanks to the brilliant man who made our lives so much better. Boy, did it get a work out on the boat! 🙏🙏🙏👵👵🇦🇺🇦🇺

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Pilli
Pilli

Cool facts about something I use nearly every day. My main use for it is stopping dust from laser engraved acrylic fusing back to the sheet during engraving.

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brian pinion
brian pinion

i dont know what that is but it still sounds cool and fun i may be wrong but

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Jaycee Wedmak
Jaycee Wedmak

I always thought the "WD" meant Water Displacement and, while it can be used as a lubricant, that was never the original plan. 🤔 Learn something new everyday.

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Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick

@KarlBunkeralong with washing lubricants out WD-40 can potentially rewet dried out lubricants. Reconstituting them to some extent. I've seen what WD-40 does to waxy grease. I wouldn't say it turns it back into grease. But it does make it into a slimy goo. Which can pass for some kind of a lubricant.

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KarlBunker
KarlBunker

Another thing about WD-40 not being a good lubricant is that it will rinse away whatever existing lubricant was there before. So using it can be worse than doing nothing. I think one reason people love it is that it "works" just about instantly on a squeaking door hinge or similar joint. Because it's so thin and comes out of the can still foaming, it will work its way into a squeaky hinge quickly. With a thicker, more appropriate lubricant you may have to wait hours for it to work its way into the squeaky part. So if you see someone oiling a squeaky door hinge and when they walk away the door still squeaks, they've done it right.

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Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick

@Z Wand oil oil.

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Z Wand
Z Wand

@Paul Frederick wait. What do you use for fishing reels? Fish oil?🤔

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Z Wand
Z Wand

@Paul Frederick I often use sewing machine oil for high rippem uses, where there is lots of debris that shouldn't be pulled into stuff, and thick grease for low rippem, high torque uses. Like big bearings.

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Brad Griffin
Brad Griffin

I've been busy working on a car today. It's taken me three goes to actually watch this all the way through. I learned this: The WD-40 recipe was basically stolen from Lawson, leading me to the decision that I will avoid buying WD-40 in the future. I have only used WD-40 because it's convenient. It's sold in servos, supermarkets, and discount stores, so if you need a dispersant, it's in your face everywhere. However, a little-known fact about the current recipe for WD-40 is that it is slightly acidic, meaning if you try to protect high-Carbon steel with it, it will cause rust spots on said steels. I use either INOX, or a Lanolin-based dispersant/lubricant, even though it means going to a hardware store or automotive store to get it.

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trespire
trespire

@Brad Griffin I have restored a Brown & Sharpe straight edge ( high precision machinists tool ). Came across some cans of XT-10 spray on penatrating oil (made in Italy). It's a bit more viscus than WD40, smells like oil, and works wonders with precission metal surfaces.

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Sage Ambrosek
Sage Ambrosek

Wd-40 is the jack of all trades and master of none. For each of its uses there is a superior product. However Jack's of all trades are good to have around.

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Tommy_killswitch
Tommy_killswitch

this video was perfection from start to finish. well written and presented with a great story to cover. nice job :)

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Sherman Hofacker
Sherman Hofacker

I used to buy it in mid-size drums, we used it with other types of grease to use as drawing compound. Before WD40 the formula we used had kerosene as the vehicle, we replaced WD40 for the kerosene exactly in the same amounts. I could tell little difference but the engineers claimed it was better.

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Brent Poynter
Brent Poynter

The stuff is absolutely amazing. It’s freaking remarkable.

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donovan schoor
donovan schoor

WD-40 is probably my favorite product. Penetrative, lubricating, anti rust coating that smells good.

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Justin Summersell
Justin Summersell

I moved to South Korea from the US just over 5 years ago, and one of the first things I bought to rebuild my toolkit here was a small can of WD-40. The stuff really is amazing.

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Sarah
Sarah

At a factory where I used to work we'd use WD-40 to keep the chains of some machinery lubricated because it worked better than proper chain lube. I wouldn't try it on a motorcycle though because the machinery chain was fairly slow and I think a motorcycle chain would likely spin it off.

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Jesse Joyce
Jesse Joyce

Are you sure about that wd-40 being effective for arthritis thing you said? I honestly think that some of the people who try wd-40 on their joints believe that it will do for their aching joints what it does to a seized up engine… like through their skin. I don’t think a doctor would recommend wd-40, and I truly believe that the first person to try it was so badly demented that they would have shocked themselves on the power line because they were feeling drowsy and wanted to be more energetic.

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Emmit Stewart
Emmit Stewart

In order to get into the joints, it would have to get into the blood stream as well, which, considering its toxicity, would be a very bad idea.

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Ylyrra
Ylyrra

@Krozar TAL However the cooling effect of an aerosol might well help with inflammation. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a kernel of truth to this, even if it's actually nothing to do with the WD-40 itself. Honestly though, just get a proper non-toxic freezy-spray if this works for you.

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Krozar TAL
Krozar TAL

It's good they didn't market that one. Arthritis is caused by inflammation. I'm doubtful that introducing toxic petroleum distillates will help with that one :D

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nitehawk86
nitehawk86

He didn't say it was effective (it isn't), only that people claim it works. You would have to be a moron to think that because it can help stuck hinges that it would help joints. The stuff is toxic if swallowed or inhaled in sufficient amounts. putting it on your skin can't possibly be healthy.

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Wesley Townsend
Wesley Townsend

Absolutely fantastic! As I get closer to my eighth decade of life, this is a product that I truly remember always seeing. I’m sure that isn’t correct but in my mind it is. Thank you for such a great documentary. I wish you good health and all the very best!

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Emily An
Emily An

this video was perfection from start to finish. well written and presented with a great story to cover. nice job :)

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Joshua Harmon
Joshua Harmon

That was Great! Answers a lot of questions that had been in the back of my head for years. Works good on head lights as well, although off bug repellent is far better. Good luck

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Melissa BigMac
Melissa BigMac

Maybe they should come out with a version specifically for arthritis. I would buy that! Just keep that original WD smell, please and remove the toxicity. I want to smell like a grease shop!

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Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith

My cousin worked for the company that advertised WD40. They ran a competition to find the most original use for the stuff. One guy wrote in that when his knees were painful he sprayed them with WD40, half an hour later he had no problems. Few years back I had a leg infection, extremly painful. 2 months of meds and numerous dressings later I used the blue/yellow can. No problem after 3 days.

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Edward Riley
Edward Riley

@Richard i am. but thats irellevant to the conversation lol

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Richard
Richard

@Edward Riley @Stephen k. Y'all must be great fun at parties.

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Edward Riley
Edward Riley

@Gordon Smith dude get real. in a comment where you mention a contest for the most interesting use of fhe product you mention how someone wrote in they use it on their knees, then you mentioned your own personal use. you may not have said "hey guys do this!" but it could essily be inferred from what you said. if you had literally said " the stuff is toxic, dont be stupid like me" then you'd have an argument.

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brian pinion
brian pinion

ive heard that alot in my 47 years !!! but ive also lived in Kentucky 47 years ! ive seen duck tape around more than one ankle to!!!! we git it done one way or other!!

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Stephen k.
Stephen k.

@Gordon Smith don’t pull the Joe Rogan “I wasn’t giving out medical advice” trick with me. You’re still responsible for the misinformation you put out on the internet.

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Rob Pinter
Rob Pinter

How interesting....I always wondered about the history of WD 40 even after using it for over 40 years in the workshop.

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GEN - X - 三FPV三
GEN - X - 三FPV三

If you have a problem with ants getting to your hummingbird feeder, you can spray the chain or rope that's hanging the feeder with WD40 and they will not try to go down the chain or rope.

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Art Sevilla
Art Sevilla

Ants pretty much don’t like any chemical or unusual smells. I use baking powder to line areas that they are trying to get at. They eventually go away and I vacuum up the powder.

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IcantSignIn
IcantSignIn

@Chad Cuckproducer Poke a lit cigarette in a fire ant mound butt first. It makes an "ant fountain" as they attack it, climb it and hit the hot part and jump off.

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GEN - X - 三FPV三
GEN - X - 三FPV三

@Chad Cuckproducer 😉😂😂

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Chad Cuckproducer
Chad Cuckproducer

@GEN - X - 三FPV三 he doesn't know. Probably too busy gluing themselves to a road to protest something dumb.

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Chad Cuckproducer
Chad Cuckproducer

@GEN - X - 三FPV三 they won't go near the turmeric even

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Brian
Brian

The best "secret" use for WD40 is that it's fantastic at removing road tar/grime from your car's paint and wheels. Spray it on.. let it sit for a few minutes then wipe away. Comes right off without any scrubbing.

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james o gorman
james o gorman

Had a guy ask me for WD-19 lately,apparently it’s like WD-40 but not half as good🙈🤣

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The Hangman's Daughter
The Hangman's Daughter

When I first left home my Dad gave me a can of WD40 to take with me, saying "You'll need this."

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Iain Ronald
Iain Ronald

The lock on the garbage compactor at my workplace has been rusted pretty well for the last 5 years. If you wanted to open it without smashing your finger open, you had to put the handle of the snow shovel over the lock and yank. There were several days when I'd mention to the central group that dealt with matters therein that the lock needs to be WD-40'd. 2 months ago, I came out to take out the garbage and found something unexpected. Rather than just WD-40 the lock regularly, the company had someone angle grind it down to 1/3 its original size so that it never got stuck. Props for creativity, I guess, lol, but that really is a burning down the field to find the gopher sort of solution.

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Matt Berg
Matt Berg

You should never oil a lock

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Michael Stough II
Michael Stough II

Thanks Simon & Co. I grew up in San Diego and never knew this was a local invention. Learn something new every day.

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Rave X Music
Rave X Music

Yo Simon, any chance of making TIFO available as a podcast feed? Love the show.

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Full Wax Jacket
Full Wax Jacket

Really like Simons presentation style, fast, well structured and intelligent so its easy for a layman to understand. Can you do a video on Determinism? Thank you

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Dana Munkelt
Dana Munkelt

Being from San Diego, 2nd gen Convair employee, and having gone to school with the kids of WD 40 execs, we always heard it was for keeping electrical components free of moisture, not the stainless rocket skin.

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Ron Heath
Ron Heath

Hello Simon as usual your videos were very informational and actuality I've never given WD-40 a second thought it's always been something that has been around from when I was a kid to a 63 year old man who still has a can or two of wd-40s just sitting there waiting for me to use it now when I was a kid I used to use it on my bike but it just didn't I mean it seemed like I had to reapply WD-40 you know multiple times a month just because it just didn't seem to last of course as an adult now knowing that you know it is basically built out of petroleum products I understand now why but one of the best inventions that the company ever did is when they came out with the attached permanent straw because so many times you know you go get your Canada WD-40 and the straws gone and it gets really difficult to try and apply WD-40 to a precise little area when you have no straw to do it what I used to do is just throw the can away and buy a new one and you mentioned something that I just haven't thought about in eons and that was 3 in 1 oil. My parents had a can of that oil in our house because Mom used it for her sewing machine anyway thanks for the great video I enjoy all of the different subjects and channels I guess you want to call it that you are associated with

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Lynn Wood
Lynn Wood

Our motor pool in Vietnam would receive free cases of small aerosol cans of WD40. Brilliant move, converted all who used to customers for life and created an extensive demonstration platform in its use by mechanics thus exposing it to a vast customer base. Each of those small free cans was probably the cause of dozens of purchases over the lifetime of those who were given them.

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Eric Kay
Eric Kay

I caught the biggest bass of my life in a pond that I didn't even know had bass in it after spraying the lure with WD-40; on the first cast too!

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Stephen Kirby
Stephen Kirby

Loved this, as I'd always wondered what WD40 meant.

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David Stewart
David Stewart

I have been using WD40 since the mid 1960s or so. An amazing product.

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Paul Miner
Paul Miner

Some years back water got into the ignition module on my bike on a long trip. I remembered the WD in WD-40 stood for Water Displacement, so I sprayed the circuit board with it, and voila, bike started working again.

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lasentinal
lasentinal

In the days of dot matrix printers, WD-40 would cause the slip rings on the carriage bar to jam. The product would become sticky after about 2 weeks. This could only be removed with dishwasher detergent, dried off and then a very light sewing machine oil applied and cleaned off with a clean cloth. So from my experience, not good for long term applications. It does get sticky.

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Angela Bilyeu
Angela Bilyeu

I used it to get pine resin off skis. It came off really easy. I was surprised.

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Shauka Hodan
Shauka Hodan

I always thought the "WD" meant Water Displacement and, while it can be used as a lubricant, that was never the original plan. Learn something new everyday.

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Daniel
Daniel

The M16 before the A1 was prone to jamming, the M16 was so unreliable that some dead US soldiers were found with their riffle broken down in an attempt to clean it

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Christopher Booth
Christopher Booth

Last month I purchased a "smart straw" can of WD40 at an outdoor antique show/market in France. It is as ubiquitous here as in the U.S.

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Baron of Rhodes
Baron of Rhodes

You still look rather dapper Simon. These videos are informative, creative, and very well researched. They are also entertaining. I have to say, you're my favorite YouTuber to go to when I need a bit of random knowledge.

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Winston Smith84
Winston Smith84

Great episode. I always thought that Convair had invented WD-40.

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hereticpariah 6/66
hereticpariah 6/66

Regarding the arthritis use of wd-40.. a few years back, I started suffering from rheumatoid arthritis but didn't know what was going on yet. One of my coworkers is Navajo and suggested I spray some on my wrist (which was hurting) and massage it in. Now, I'm no scientist (I just play one on TV), and it Likely was the massaging actions that Actually helped, buuuuuuuuut... It Worked. Since then I use it on occasion when my regular meds ain't cutting it and I don't want to take otc pain meds. Still not sure which is helping more, but I don't Really care. ...by the way... _The wd-40 gel spray is absolutely kick-@$$._ Well worth buying, but not for all the same applications.

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panathaninf
panathaninf

Whoever invented this is my hero, it is the only lubricant I always have at least one full can.

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Adam Hayden
Adam Hayden

Wd-40 is great stuff! I really like the WD-40 specialist spray and stay gel lube. I also really like white lighting lube.

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Brian Sierzega
Brian Sierzega

Simon selling Keeps has got to be the funniest ad combo ever…. ….carry on then…….

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David Elliott
David Elliott

ACF-50 is my favourite anti-corrosion coating. It's a strong seeker so finds its way into cracks and crevices that usually harbour corrosion.

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RICHARD HART
RICHARD HART

WD.40 is great for removing rust from old cans of WD.40.

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Mike Hauss
Mike Hauss

I knew very little of the details at the time but, some years ago I read about the fact that the 40 in WD-40 meant that it was the 40th attempt at a formula. Ever since then, I have been inspired to persevere in the pursuit of my endeavors. That was 39 times to: * see what didn't work * try something new * learn something new * soldier on in the face of discouragement * have faith in yourself and your abilities * have faith in the fact that a solution is somewhere to be found * never give up I'm sure to be leaving a few out but, the idea remains. If you keep failing, you're NOT failing!! You're just learning what doesn't work... until you learn what does. WD-40 as a whole, reminds me of the power of perseverance.

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Sky Den
Sky Den

Soviet Union: "We launched Sputnik, a name to forever be remembered." U.S.A.: "We invented WD-40, a name that is still relevant and useful, worldwide, to this day."

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Fishing With Kar
Fishing With Kar

I use WD-40 on all my hand tools to prevent rust. My ratchets my socket wrenches my regular open end wrenches. I code them in WD-40 and thrown back in the toolbox because I do a lot of mechanic work on cars. And as long as your tools are coated in WD-40 they don't rust.

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Dustin Poissant
Dustin Poissant

You are the only host that makes ads feel personal and doesn't attempt corny transitions. I will watch your ads and not skip them. TLDR can learn a thing or two from you, their "brilliant" transitions are just AWEFUL

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SIR KANE SADDINGTON
SIR KANE SADDINGTON

9:57 fun fact: WD-40 is not needed to untangle jewelry. All you need to do is gently rub the knot in-between your fingers, and it will loosen up on its own...no matter how impossibly tight or complex the knot may seem.

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Eckhardbond
Eckhardbond

I would love to see a History of the very Similar Oil Balistol as well, which has a very funny List of Usecases printed on their cans that reaches almost everything except for use as a spice^^

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Willy T
Willy T

Could be used as a spice since it's food safe. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Robert Crawshaw
Robert Crawshaw

It's not a spice?!

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That Filthy Weeaboo
That Filthy Weeaboo

Grandpa swore by WD-40 and always kept a can handy. It lasts a long time, and is incredibly useful for a lot of purposes. Some of my favorite uses are cleaning dirty battery contacts and lubricating the inside of locks.

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Petra van Hoften
Petra van Hoften

One only needs three things in life: a good health, some cash and a can of WD40.

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Kayla Rice
Kayla Rice

Another use of WD-40 for those living/visiting in CA: it removes tar from clothing. Tar washes up along CA beaches a lot, so if you find yourself with some tarry goop on your swim trunks, try some WD-40. Seriously, it works.

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cak alaki
cak alaki

I have never used a can of that there WD until it was completely empty. Every time I am reluctantly forced to toss a can out, whether I have the illusive red rocket or not, it still contains a few more projects worth of miracles or a couple more arthritis treatments. Seems like it's always close to something like a fifth of the can

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Jonathan Lockhart
Jonathan Lockhart

Also great for getting rid of wasps. If you see a wasp nest starting, spray it and the surrounding area in WD-40. When the wasps come back to keep building the nest it irritates them and they flay away, never to return. It doesn't kill the wasps but gets them away from you.

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Jimmy
Jimmy

What’s funny is as a mechanic I rarely ever use WD40 for anything. Usually I’ll use it if an engine gets water in it but beyond that I prefer to use PB blaster as a penetrating oil because it works better at it.

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Jc Dock
Jc Dock

I can definitely tell you it works for removing sticky stuff.

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Fred Krazé
Fred Krazé

When I saw the title I immediately wondered for perhaps the first time "what does WD stand for?" I figured it might mean Water Deterant. For once I was actually super close to guessing something off the top of my head lol

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jammer2isme
jammer2isme

Waterproofing leather: 26 years ago i was picking up an order of promotional leather key fobs to toss out during parades from horseback. when the shop owner found out i didn't have saddlebags he made some in a few minutes, then took it outside and sprayed it all over with WD-40 and let it sit for a few minutes then said " Here ya go, waterproofed. just spray it like that every 5-10 years." they have NEVER let a drop of water get through the leather in all this time.

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Michael D
Michael D

I have wrenched on equipment my whole life, and I can't imagine a life before WD-40.

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Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick

@Joel Spaulding WD does it for me.

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Joel Spaulding
Joel Spaulding

@Paul Frederick Ahh, Hoppes FTW in the scent department

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Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick

@Z-Link Corrupted it'll make the oil milky and then if it's laying on cold metal the water will sweat out onto the metal. Which will cause rust right under the oil. It's nasty crazy stuff. After I had it happen to me I've sworn off using detergent motor oil in my shop. But it only happens in certain conditions. Humid then cold. Still that happens in my shop.

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Z-Link Corrupted
Z-Link Corrupted

@Paul Frederick it's that why spilt oil will milk up during a humid day? The only other thing I have is a couple of bottles of Lucas extreme duty gun oil (the green one) and that M pro 7 stuff. The Lucas sticks to wherever you put it and the M pro 7 stays wet for a long time too. I'm gonna make a mix, and I'll let you know how it works.

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The Kombinator
The Kombinator

Really? I've rarely used it in 25+ years of wrenching/machining. Most routine application is as lubricant/coolant when drilling or honing.

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B Curzon
B Curzon

My great grandfather lived to be a month shy of 92...he rode his exercise bike every single day right to the end, and he'd spray his knees with WD-40 beforehand for arthritis.

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Steve GM0HUU
Steve GM0HUU

Wondering why Iver Lawson didn't set up his own company selling an improved formula WD-41. Although I use WD-40 for cleaning/degreasing and freeing up rusted components, I have found several other penetrating oils that seem to work better and I never use it as a long term lubricant. Years ago, did they have a little picture of a rocket on the cans or did I imagine this?

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Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick

@Jonas I don't think much will stand up against weather. There's tests people have done where you can get an idea of what kind of performance to expect. You can find videos of them here even.

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Jonas
Jonas

@Paul Frederick i leave my bikes out in the winter and the chains rust like crazy is what i meant. Not using it as lubricant but for when bike is not in use

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Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick

@Jonas no I just spray it on tools to keep them from rusting. WD-40 is not a good lubricant.

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Jonas
Jonas

@Paul Frederick interesting. Do you ever use it on bike chains?

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Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick

I use WD-40 for its original intended purpose, as a rust inhibitor. It's OK as a cleaner sometimes too. It's a mild solvent. It's not the best but considering all of the factors it's the most practical and economical. I buy it by the gallon jug. The spray cans are a rip off.

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Rusty Shaklferd
Rusty Shaklferd

Wd-40 is an excellent concoction which is why it’s still around for water displacement. Other things are better at breaking rusted together metals like bolts. Kroil in my experience is best for that. Transmission fluid works well too in a pinch.

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Brandon Zilka
Brandon Zilka

WD-40 is a wonderful formulation as a lubricant for many applications and a rust preventative coating, as well as a myriad of other applications. As a penetrating oil though, I've found through experience that it is mediocre and that other rust penetrants such as P'Blaster are more effective at that particular task. But WD-40 certainly has a very welcome place in the home and toolbox due to it's versatility, and is a very useful and readily available product.

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Flash Mob
Flash Mob

I remember that once upon a time you could buy a WD-40 deodorant in a beauty store lol 😆

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Larry West
Larry West

_Update: Oh! He already did!_ I bet Simon could make a pretty interesting video on the history of "duck tape", more recently better known as "duct tape" — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duct_tape

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My Name
My Name

Also this! wd-40 works great for getting deoderant strains out of shirts as well as set in grease/oil products.

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Boops
Boops

Oh, thanks! I'll try that

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arboris
arboris

A question I did not realized I wanted to know the answer to, well done.

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mllop aeet
mllop aeet

WD-40 makes a dry lubricant that is excellent for use in DLP type 3D printers to keep the resin from sticking to the bottom of the reservoir.

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Fizz
Fizz

It's crazy WD-40 is one of those products where when you hear about all the ways it can be used you think it is too good to be true but it's not it actually works.

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Kalle
Kalle

I’m pretty sure the same product was launched in Sweden as “5-56” and has had the same wide success, there is also a song about the product using the melody from YMCA that lists of some uses, sadly it in Swedish (name: 556 by: Rally)

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Vulgaris
Vulgaris

I don't know if other countries have it but there is a penetrating spray called PB blaster that seems to help with stubborn nuts and bolts better than WD 40.

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minicoopertn
minicoopertn

Kroil is also a really good product but does have a strong odor.

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John Milner
John Milner

As a professional Zep45 is far better than both , but most people will not spend the money on a professional product .

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mattio79
mattio79

WD-40 can also be a very effective after-run treatment for RC nitromethane engines. It makes them run a little worse, but it still makes them run. You just put a couple ounces of it in the fuel tank, run it until it runs out. WD-40 is obviously less flammable than nitromethane, but it doesn't have the corrosion-enhancing properties of methanol.

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Morten
Morten

I've heard different options for this use case. I recommend just using a couple of drops of standard nitromethane after-run oil inside the cylinder head and a couple of revolutions to coat the inside of the engine..

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InTheShadowz
InTheShadowz

WD-40 has made my life easier so many times it’s a miracle in a can

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Fredy A.
Fredy A.

WD-40: from protecting bombs to a solution to almost everything

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