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Behind the Name - WD-40

Was: Explaining Brownpolymer

I can't understand why the product name is also supposed to
describe its use. "WD-40" says nothing to the buyer about what it

At risk of coming off as a tool geek (guilty!). WD-40 actually means
something. Water Displacement formula 40 (sort of like Heinz 57 being
the 57th sauce in the origninal Heinz line…). It really was not
designed as a lubricant, but the formula turned out to be far more
flexible than it’s makers ever imagined. It’s really a drying oil,
which is why it’s actually bad news to use in finicky things like

Ron Charlotte – Gainesville, FL

Ron, I’m glad you note that WD-40 was not designed as a lube.
Actually it’s not a good lube for anything but very short term use.
It really was designed as a water displacement product and used as an
anti-corrosive for aluminum, but, as Paul Harvey says, “here’s the
reeeeest of the story”–told to me by a very dear, late family
member who was an engineer with Boeing’s AOG program (AOG meaning
airplane on the ground, one that has crashed or for some other reason
won’t fly).

Boeing dumped gallons of WD-40 in the cargo holds as an
anti-corrosive for the fusilage beams and had been doing this for
years. Then mysteriously planes were coming in with serious
corrosion and cracking that required major repairs. The final
explanation was that the WD-40 formula had been changed without
Boeing knowing it and it BECAME CORROSIVE!

Life is never simple,

Dr. Mac

HI Ron…EngenJoe…

Another tool geek, and besides it’s the day job…

Like Tri-Flow, kinda like a WD-40, but with teflon suspended in

Great stuff…until it’s too cold…

Not knocking Tri-Flow… Everyone should have a can or tube of this
stuff… You will never regret your investment… I get it into
every plier joint I have, once, when first acquired… Good for

How does “Polymer Brown Power”…“PBP” for short, work in the
cold…? Mind you all…I’m in WI, and things have been frigid
around here of late… Which is why the cold came to mind…

EngenJoe…have you tried this stuff in locks, yet…? Or in the

Maybe coat on a key or something… Normally the only thing that
really works well with locks is very fine graphite… And that
stuff always seems to get all over me when I use it, but it is doing
it’s thing…and the lock unjams itself…

Then I hafta do the dishes manually or something to get it off me…

HUH…same stuff as diamond, but different form…

Gary W. Bourbonais
a.J.P. GIA

P.S. Big industrial MRO supplier is CRC… Sold the stuff for
years, before I finally cornered the rep one day… Folks know
about your stuff…It’s a good line… What does CRC mean…?

I mean…do a google on it…no mention…

CRC is Chemical Reasearch Company…

Yes we have tested on locks with good results My polymer stays the
same well below -20C. It doesn’t seem to gum up it stays the same
even when heated to 140C degrees. It won’t get all over as graphite
does. All you need is be able to rub this on I haven’t been able to
liquefied it yet. the polymer doesn’t age like other lubes do. One of
the Test groups have been looking in to lube satellite in outer

Thanks Randy
AKA Enjen Joes