Thursday, October 6, 2022


A few of the many uses for WD-40

There are few RVers who don’t consider a can of WD-40 an essential item in their tool arsenal. This “can do” lubricant has a wide range of uses, making it a very handy and useful product. Need to get rid of some road tar and grime from your RV or car? WD-40 can come to the rescue. Is the zipper on your favorite jacket refusing to work without lots of pulling and tugging? Spray on WD-40.

Here are some uses for the product that may come in handy, some of them especially relevant to RVers:

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• Lubricates door hinges on vehicles.
• Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
• Keeps rust from forming on saw blades and other tools.
• Removes all traces of duct tape.
• Removes black scuff marks from a kitchen floor.
• Removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.
• Lubricates and stops squeaks on electric fans.
• If you spray WD-40 on a distributor cap, it will displace moisture and allow the engine to start.
• Use WD-40 to help get rid of bugs on your RV or car’s paint (if not removed they will eat away the finish).
• Keeps scissors working smoothly.

Rumor has it that WD-40’s main ingredient is fish oil, but that’s not true: It’s mostly petroleum-based. Do you know how it got its name? It was in 1953 when scientist Norm Larsen at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company was attempting to develop a formula to prevent corrosion on missile parts, achieved by displacing water. On his 40th try, he got it right. And so we have WD- (“water displacement”) 40.

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