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[TowerTalk] DMSO in WD-40 (NOT)

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Subject: [TowerTalk] DMSO in WD-40 (NOT)
From: (Jimmy Weierich)
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1999 19:18:44 -0500
Here's a towertalk post I made in January, 1998 after some research 
subsequent to a thread similar to this one:

>I hope that this will lay to rest the discussion as to what WD-40 is or isn't.
>>From the WD-40 Product Description:
>       "WD-40's versitility has made it the world's number one
>        multi-purpose problem solver. It has five basic functions -
>        cleaning,lubricating, penetrating, displacing moisture and
>        preventing rust."
>A quote from Paige M. Perdue,
>Marketing Manager of the WD-40 Company , San Diego, CA. This excerpt is
>from a letter to the editor published in the August,1994 "AOPA PILOT"
>magazine (page 24):
>     " It is true that WD-40's carrier does evaporate, like all carriers,
>     but it deposits inhibitors that penetrate into the grain areas of metal
>     surfaces, removing existing moisture and providing a protective film
>     against corrosion. In fact, WD-40 was originally developed to prevent
>     corrosion on Atlas missiles and has many applications for all types of
>     aircraft." "... It acts as a lubricant, penetrant, corrosion
>     preventative, moisture displacer and cleaner."
>>From the WD-40 MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet):
>     Aliphatic Petroleum Distillates     60-70%
>     Petroleum Base Oil     15-25%
>     Non-hazardous ingredients     <10%
>     Carbon Dioxide     2-3%
>Aliphatic Petroleum Distillates are also known as Stoddard Solvent or
>mineral spirits.
>Petroleum Base Oil is a lubricant.
>Carbon Dioxide is the propellant in the aerosal cans.
>The WD-40 Company ain't sayin what the non-hazardous ingredients are.
>I make no claims as to the suitability of WD-40 for any given purpose. I
>have no connection to the WD-40 Company other than wishing I owned some of
>their stock.
>As Casey Stengal often said - "you can look it up".

Jimmy, KG2AU       <>

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