In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry. It took them 40 attempts to finalize the water displacing formula. The original secret formula for WD-40®, which stands for Water Displacement, is still in use today. Today, WD-40® has a Fan Club of more than 100,000 members, and its products are used for a multitude of purposes.
The legendary, signature blue and yellow WD-40 can is instantly recognized worldwide. The WD-40 company encompasses a group of brands featuring a full range of high performance products. Spanning maintenance, specialty, and cleaning products for all corners of the industrial realm, enthusiasts, hobbyists and home, WD-40 is home to several of the world’s best-known brands.
In addition to the famous WD-40® Multi-Use Product, the WD-40 company offers WD-40® Specialist®, a full line of professional grade specialty products formulated to perform specific tasks; WD-40® BIKE developed for the whole bicycle; the much beloved 3-IN-ONE® Oil; the Lava® and Solvol® brands of heavy-duty hand cleaners, X-14® and 2000 Flushes® toilet bowl cleaners, X-14 bathroom cleaners, Carpet Fresh® and no vac® carpet and room odor eliminators, Spot Shot® instant carpet stain remover, and 1001® specialty carpet care products.
Legendary hot rod designer and TV star Chip Foose collaborated with WD-40 several times. These collaborations included the limited edition 8-and 12-ounce WD-40® Smart Straw® cans featuring his distinctive sketches, the WD-40®/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F350, and the WD-40®/SEMA Cares Foose 1953 Ford F100.
Fun Facts About WD-40.
• Consumers have reported over the years that they have caught some of the biggest fish ever after protecting their fish hooks and lures with WD-40®. The company believes this legend came from folks assuming that the product must contain fish oil since it appears to attract fish. Sorry Charlie®, it just ain’t so.
• The WD-40 Company has taken steps to respect and conserve the environment, and encourages its users to do the same. While WD-40® can be used to help protect fishing equipment from rust and corrosion, WD-40 Company does not recommend using WD-40® to attract fish.
• Crayola® Stain Removal Tips recommends using WD-40® to remove (regular) crayon marks from a variety of surfaces.
• Leslie Nielsen portrayed agent Dick Steele (a.k.a., Agent WD-40® ) in the movie “Spy Hard.”
• When your drinking glasses are stuck together, they will separate with ease if you squirt some WD-40 on them.
• A bus driver in Asia used WD-40® to remove a python, which had coiled itself around the undercarriage of his bus.
• If you have chewing gum tangled in your child’s hair, spray the gummed-up hair with WD-40, and the gum will easily comb out.