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12/7/11 8:46 P

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Both of you have great ideas for WD-40.

I heard using Toothpaste to clean CDs. They come out pretty good. You only want to use a non-whiting toothpaste and not a gel.

You use a small amount and start from the inside and go out. Leave it on for a little while. Then with a wet clean soft towel remove the toothpaste. Dry and it should be as good as new.

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12/6/11 11:43 P

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Oh, yeah.

Two of the reasons I go through cans of it:

1. You can restore vinyl records with it -- there's a process that takes a while, but it doesn't hurt the records at all, in fact it improves the condition of the vinyl over time. [Don't try it on lacquer 78s, though.]
A South-African record collector and I were experimenting with it a few years ago and exchanging e-mails about our results, which were phenomenal.

2. Preserves hardbound books and paperbacks -- with the book closed, spray the three outside edges completely (the pages, not the spine), then apply a thin coat to the covers and spine, and store it in a plastic bag until it dries (it takes days). For paperbacks that are glue-bound, avoid the spine because the WD-40 might loosen the adhesive.

Also, whenever I buy something second-hand and there are old adhesive stickers (i.e., name/address labels, "cute" novelty stickers, etc.) that would damage the item if you tried to remove it, I use WD-40 with a Q-tip or something like it. It usually takes quite a few applications over time (especially with laminated stickers) before the WD-40 completely dries out the adhesive backing and the sticker pops off.

BTW, that South-African record collector and I contacted our local WD-40 distributors (the company licenses its product to be made internationally and there are local websites as well as a main site in the US) because we thought the active ingredient was silicone, but it is some kind of distilled mineral oil (not fish oil) -- no silicone. Still, it's not good to breathe it in when spraying it.

Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 12/6/2011 (23:46)
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12/6/11 10:33 P

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I'm not sure all of these work, I've not tried them all.

WD-40 USES: 1. Protects silver from tarnishing. 2. Removes road tar and grime from cars. 3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings. 4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery. 5. Keeps flies off cows. (I love this one!) 6. Restores and cleans chalkboards. 7. Removes lipstick stains. 8. Loosens stubborn zippers. 9. Untangles jewelry chains. 10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks. 11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill. 12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing. 13. Removes tomato stains from clothing. 14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots. 15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors. 16. Keeps scissors working smoothly. 17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes. 18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks. 19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40! 20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide. 21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers... 22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises. 23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.. 24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close. 25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers. 26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles. 27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans 28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling. 29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly. 30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools. 31. Removes splattered grease on stove. 32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging. 33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs. 34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell). 35. Removes all traces of duct tape. 36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain. 37. Florida 's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.' 38. The favorite use in the state of New York , WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements. 39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states. 40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch. 41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag. 42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone! 43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start. P.S. The basic ingredient is Fish Oil

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