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Cuban808/08/2020 09:46:55
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Didn't they used to call it 'Rocket WD40' back in the 60s? I vaguely remember an advert in the newspapers for WD40 and how it was used copiously on the US Atlas missile for something or the other.

Stuphedd08/08/2020 11:30:30
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Yep it was Rocket WD40

And Rolls-Royce used it to inhibit the Jet engines, new and overhauled before shipping/storage.

When the engine was first installed , it was cranked over and the WD40 "washed " off, If you did not it baked onto the blades and fouled them up .

I guess it was in the 70s that WD40 changed the formula , without telling RR, (why should they ??) and made it a bit more " clingy" and more water repellent , hence trying to wash it off before lighting the jets became a real pain so we turned to Ardrox .

the benefit to us peasants was there were many Gallon cans of WD going begging ! and I have only just used the last bit crying of mine

Lee Damms08/08/2020 14:39:23
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WD40 also cleans hammerite off brushes

Gary Murphy 108/08/2020 14:55:40
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Posted by Doc Marten on 07/08/2020 19:00:54:
Posted by Gary Murphy 1 on 07/08/2020 16:44:14:

I have a old can of WD40 and the cap is stuck on fast. What would you suggest to aid removal ? : )

6 weeks in the gym! laugh

No,its really on there. I think its seized wink 2

i12fly08/08/2020 22:02:04
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I thought that WD 40 was originally developed for the UK's Blue Streak missiles.

WD of course standing for 'War Department', as stamped on any old army surplus items you may have.

I remember my father ordering some underpants by post in the late '60s, when they arrived they were stamped 'WD 1943'. He didn't seem very impressed but it gave us all a laugh.

Doc Marten08/08/2020 22:08:36
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Posted by i12fly on 08/08/2020 22:02:04:

I thought that WD 40 was originally developed for the UK's Blue Streak missiles.

WD of course standing for 'War Department', as stamped on any old army surplus items you may have.

I remember my father ordering some underpants by post in the late '60s, when they arrived they were stamped 'WD 1943'. He didn't seem very impressed but it gave us all a laugh.

WD stands for 'Water Displacement'.

WD40 History

Edited By Doc Marten on 08/08/2020 22:12:35

Tosh McCaber09/08/2020 10:55:46
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Posted by Doc Marten on 07/08/2020 19:00:54:

Posted by Gary Murphy 1 on 07/08/2020 16:44:14:

I have a old can of WD40 and the cap is stuck on fast. What would you suggest to aid removal ? : )

6 weeks in the gym! laugh

No,its really on there. I think its seized

A hard whack on a hard surface- you'll be left with the can without a lid!! But you'll be able to press the button and use the contents!

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