WD-40® Myths, Legends & Fun Facts
WD-40’s “Secret Sauce.”
Sorry folks, it appears that the 50+-year-old formulation of
One thing we must do is correct any misinformation that may be harmful to either our consumers or our good name. Specifically, the listing of incorrect and poorly defined ingredients and safety information.
While the “W-D” in
Over the past few decades, the name Stoddard Solvent was synonymous with all mineral spirits. Today, the mineral spirits found in products like ours are more refined and processed (see hydrogenation, hydrotreating and distillation techniques) providing mixtures with varying boiling points, cleaning ability, and chemical composition.
The catchall phrase “Stoddard Solvent” is no longer adequate to tell the proper story.
Health and Safety
Information derived from our Material Safety Data Sheet and referred to for the general use of our product can be misleading. MSDS information is for the workplace and not primarily intended for the general consumer. For the general consumer, the product label provides the key safety and usage information.
WD-40 and Bikes
For long-term lubrication and other specialized bicycle maintenance needs, check out WD-40® BIKE. Developed specifically for cyclists and mechanics, this high-performance line of bicycle care products is sure to become a mainstay in the toolboxes of bike mechanics for decades.
WD-40’s Original Founder
Myth: Ken East is
While Ken East is often referred to as one of
As mentioned in our corporate and brand history, Norm Larsen, founder of Rocket Chemical Company, is considered the original founder of
What a Fish story!
Consumers have told us over the years that they have caught some of the biggest fish ever after protecting their fish hooks and lures with
WD-40 Cures Arthritis!” No Way.
This popular headline, appearing at least once a year in the tabloids, is completely FALSE.
Fun Facts About
- A bus driver in Asia used
WD-40to remove a python, which had coiled itself around the undercarriage of his bus.
- Police officers used
WD-40to remove a naked burglar trapped in an air conditioning vent.
- Crayola® Stain Removal Tips recommends using
WD-40to remove (regular) crayon marks from a variety of surfaces.
WD-40Book, featuring many user testimonials and the wacky humor of Jim & Tim, The Duct Tape GuysTM, was published in 1997. The familiar blue and yellow can has been featured in other books ranging from The Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness (General Publishing 1997) and Polish Your Furniture With Pantyhose (Hyperion 1995) to WD-40for the Soul: A Guide To Mending Everything
- Leslie Nielsen portrayed agent Dick Steele (a.k.a., Agent
WD-40) in the 1996 movie Spy Hard. WD-40has a Fan Clubwith more than 100,000 members. Join today and share your stories, get free, fun downloads, check out the eNewsletter, receive the eTip of the week, and much more...
- As The Duct Tape Guys say, “You only need two tools in life, Duct Tape® and
WD-40. If it’s not stuck and it’s supposed to be, Duct Tape it. If it’s stuck and it’s not supposed to be, WD-40it.”
So, keep using your