In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry, in a small lab in San Diego, California.
It took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. But they must have been really good, because the original secret formula for WD-40®—which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today.
In 1969 the company was renamed after its only product, WD-40 Company, Inc.
Known as “the can with thousands of uses,” WD-40 is truly one of the most versatile, multi-purpose problem solvers on the market! It protects metal from rust and corrosion, penetrates stuck parts, provides a great moisture barrier, and lubricates just about anything. WD-40 also specializes in the removal of all kinds of gunk. Need to clean off grease, grime, or gum? Adhesives from tape, labels, or stickers? WD-40 is the answer–there are literally thousands of uses!