Let the Natural Handyman help you to loosen up with WD-40® !

WD-40 is a product produced by the WD-40 Company.

It is a lubricant of both legend and myth. Amazingly enough, the ancient Egyptians used an early release of WD-40 to grease the rollers used to move those massive blocks of stone to build the pyramids!! Really! Well... possibly?  Actually, it was never meant to be a lubricant, but rather a "protectant" to protect metal parts from corrosion.  However, "in the wild" its uses have grown!

WD-40 is one of those products that does it all... sort of!

Well, at least the company would like you to think so. It is claimed to be a cleaner, a protector, a penetrating oil, and, of course, a lubricant. Based on my experience, I would agree with these claims for the most part, with a few caveats...

Want more specifics on maintaining outdoor tools with WD-40?  Click HERE!

About the company...

In 1952, the Rocket Chemical Company produced rust resisting and rust removing products for metal parts and tools. WD-40 was originally developed for Convair, a defense contractor, in 1953 for the protection of metal missile skins in the aerospace industry.

The "WD" in WD-40 means "water displacement".  By displacing water and adhering strongly to a metal surface, rust and corrosion are prevented.  The "40" memorializes forever that it took 40 attempts to come up with the correct formulation that was both stable at a wide range of temperatures and atmospheric conditions.  When at first you don't succeed, try and try again... at least 40 times!

If you would like to contact the company, for better or for worse, here are their vital statistics:

1061 Cudahy Pl., San Diego, CA 92110
Phone Number: (619) 275-1400
Fax Number: (619) 275-5823

And, of course... THE WD-40 BOOK

In 1997, Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg wrote a homage to what they lovingly label "the only other tool you need in your toolbox" (besides duct tape)... WD-40.   If you want to know more about WD-40 than you ever thought you needed to know, this is the book for you!