How WD-40 Became Rust’s Worst Enemy

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WD-40, or “water displacement, formula 40”, was originally conceived to prevent planes from rusting. It wasn’t available on the open market until 1958, five years after its creation, and it only became available to the average consumer because WD-40 employees kept sneaking cans of the chemical out for personal use. But what truly publicised WD-40 was the aftermath of Hurricane Carla. Contractors ordered so much of the chemical for restoration in Texas and Louisiana that it was pushed into the public eye as rust’s public enemy number one. Read full article here

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