It’s a staple of every toolbox and Tibby Singh finds that the WD-40 range is still a winning formula across a whole host of applications.
WD-40 is an abbreviation for ‘Water Displacement, 40th formula’. It was the 40th attempt to create the product, and the formula has been kept a secret for over 60 years, currently residing in a bank vault in San Diego. This is a great example of failure not being the opposite of success, but a part of success, and it is that persistence which is an integral part of WD-40’s success story in subsequently becoming a global household product.
It is recognised that getting some WD-40 on anything that is squeaking will do the job, but some people might think there’s only one formula that does it all. In fact, there’s over 30 products that are specifically designed for various applications. I got both hands on a pair of cans; the WD-40 Specialist Silicone and the White Lithium Grease sprays.
I was curious if the silicone based one would leave a sticky oily layer behind, but in fact it dries rapidly and leaves a clear, non-staining film that isn’t sticky. Some other sprays can attract dirt, but this one doesn’t, meaning things would require less maintenance and would last longer.
That’s not the only attractive feature about the can, as it’s also waterproof and protects metal and non-metal surfaces such as plastics, rubber and wood. This makes it ideal for the following applications:
– Slide Rails
– Door and Window seals
– U bends
– Shower Screens
On the other hand the WD-40 White Lithium Grease is ideal for metal-to-metal applications. This one isn’t just waterproof but is also a heat resistant lubricant, making it perfect for applications that require heavy duty lubrication. It leaves behind a rust-inhibiting barrier for protection against corrosion. There’s nothing rusty about this formula and it can be used for a number of applications, such as:
– Conveyors Rails
– Car door hinges or seats
– Tow bars
– Slide Rails
– Braking mechanisms
– Garage Doors
I remember the days when there was a straw taped to the side of the can, but not for long because it always seemed to go missing. You won’t pull the short straw again, thanks to the Smart Straw design, which is a permanent straw system that allows you to spray in two different ways. A stream to get into tighter spaces or as a spray to cover a wider area. Now that’s a smart idea!
It’s clear to see why many people grab a can when they hear any squeaks, or if something that should be moving isn’t in motion. It’s safe to say during this review, I found myself going around and giving everything a maintenance squirt.
For further information on the WD-40 range visit https://www.wd40.com/
Tibby Singh – www.TibbySingh.com