- Buy the
"biography" of WD-40 at this link:
the Rocket Chemical Company, in business since 1953, changed it’s name to
the WD-40 Company. Why should you care about this small bit of useless
information? Because the Rocket Chemical Company made the WD-40 product that
we all know, love and couldn’t do without. Up until 1995 it continued to
make only this one product as the WD-40 Company. Since then it has acquired
other cleaning product brands.
wonder about that stuff you use (if you’re a super who knows anything about
ANYTHING) everyday? Where did it come from? How did it get to be so, well,
company, based then as now in San Diego California, was searching, circa
1953, for ways to make a product for the aerospace industry (another way
that space exploration has touched all of us) that would de-grease and
prevent rust. WD stands for Water Displacement, and 40 is the number of
tries it took the chemist, Norm Larsen, to get it right. Mr. Larsen was
looking to concoct a product that would prevent corrosion, done by
several years after its debut, it remained exclusively an industrial
product, but as workers in the factory took some of it home with them for
use on their own tools and equipment, the company decided it had a viable
product was peddled by salesmen from their cars in the beginning, and was
first found in store shelves in 1958. It became a public company in 1973,
and is now on the NASDAQ, ticker symbol WDFC.
very coy and secretive about what exactly goes into their flagship product
(the following is from their website):
Brewmaster Mixes Up Our Secret Ingredients
secret ingredients are mixed up in a giant vat by Ken, our "brewmaster."
Ken's job is to manage the mixing process. He tests each batch to be sure
the product trusted by users for over 45 years is made to the same absolute
standard of quality.
mixed, the WD-40 concentrate (we call it the "secret sauce") is then held in
silos like these until shipped to one of the many aerosol packing facilities
in the United States, and all over the world.
So, what's in the concentrate???
Only a handful of people in the entire world know the answer to that. In
fact, even the number of people who know is secret!
Their MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet) tells
us that the hazardous ingredients are: Aliphatic Petroleum Distillates
(45-50%), Petroleum Base Oil (15-25%), LVP Hydrocarbon Fluid (12-18%), and
Carbon Dioxide (2-3%), with non-hazardous ingredients less than 10%. So I
guess you shouldn’t drink it.
We’re also told, however, what this petroleum
based product does NOT contain: no silicone, kerosene, water, wax, graphite,
chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or any known cancer-causing agents.
But what do we really care? All I have to know
is I really like it, it really works, and especially as a super, I really
wouldn’t want to be forced to work without it.
www.wd40.com of course), is full of
interesting information. You can find new uses for their flagship product,
join the WD-40 fan club, send a new use for WD-40, read the history of the
company and find out more on the later products they have expanded into. You
can also buy a biography of WD-40 ($7, paperback at Amazon).