WD-40: How To Lube, Degrease, Remove Rust & More
Cuttack: Haven’t you felt helpless and exasperated when an old screw is rusted and can’t be opened? Or when a stainless steel home appliance gets too many finger print marks on it?
There’s one product that can come to your rescue — it is WD-40. Originally built as a lubricant for the aerospace industry, the liquid has found use in the automotive and household space as a lubricant, rust remover or moisture repeller.
Here are some of the uses:
- Remove squeaks on hinges
This is something almost every oil can do. WD-40 claims to do a bit more by preventing moisture build-up — useful for under-sink hinges. It is generally used as a lubricant on moving parts such as motorcyle chain.
- Removes Duct Tape
Removing sticky tape residue is a job done well by WD-40.
- Removes and prevents rust
While it can prevent rust, it can also dissolve surface-level rust.
- Loosen rusted screws
If normal oils fail, do try soaking a rusted bolt or screw with WD-40.
- Keep weather stripping soft
Door seals, gaskets get hard and brittle over time. This can be prevented by spraying this.
- Remove paint
You can use WD-40 to remove paint from tiles
- Remove wax and crayons
WD-40 is reported to be helpful in removing crayon marks from a variety of surfaces such as wood, laminates, tiles and metals.
- Clean gas burners
Brass burners can be made squeaky clean with WD-40. Let it dry before turning on the burner.
- Loosen locks
The liquid can be used to free up old locks and keep them in shape.
WD-40 is available at hardware stores and online. It costs around Rs 100 for a small can.