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    wd40 for wax removal

    Just thought I'd share something I did.Not sure if I was supposed to but did it anyway!
    On the roof of my car there are 2 lines of rubber molding that run from front to back. At some point while detailing the roof my DA put wax on those rubber moldings. I couldnt get it off with soap, I didnt have QD. So I took some sterile gauze pads soaked a little of wd40, and away the wax went, and never came back!! Its been a month now, with the car being exposed to sun almost everyday, and there are no hints whatsoever of fading or discoloration. Like I said I dont know if this is chemically stable towards the trim,but it worked like a charm

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    Re: wd40 for wax removal

    Wd40 is invented to be a cleaner, lubricant for the for the mlitary,

    I can not see how this would harm your trim at all. Wd40 used to be used to clean the Nike missles, so it is probally safe for your car.

    I have used it to clean alot of things.

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    Something so simple yet easily overlooked!!

    BobbyG - 2004 Millennium Yellow Z06 Corvette

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    Re: wd40 for wax removal

    makes more sense than peanut butter but apparently that works too!
    I told my wife that a husband is like a fine wine; he gets better with age. The next day, she locked me in the cellar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by embolism View Post
    makes more sense than peanut butter but apparently that works too!
    Yea, and I won't be temped to eat it!!!

    BobbyG - 2004 Millennium Yellow Z06 Corvette

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    WD-40...Stands for (Water Displacement) and the recipe wasn't perfected until the 40th try...Its first use was intended to Protect the skin of the atlas missle from rusting and was introduced to the public in 1958...

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    Learned something new today..

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    Re: wd40 for wax removal

    200 ways to use it
    1. Use to loosen rusty nuts and screws, clean garden tools

    2. Cleans piano keys
    3. Keeps wicker chairs from squeaking
    4. Lubricates small rolling toys
    5. Keeps garden tools rust-free
    6. Cleans patio door glide strip
    7. Removes crayon from clothes dryer (make sure to unplug dryer first)
    8. Removes scuff marks from ceramic tile floor
    9. Keeps metal wind chimes rust-free
    10. Removes crayon from walls
    11. Helps join plastic shelving to make disassembly easier
    12. Removes water spots from mirrors
    13. Lubricates hinge on pruning shears
    14. Lubricates screws on lawn furniture
    15. Lubricates hydraulic rams on slideout of 5th wheel
    16. Cleans fiberglass bathtubs
    17.Cleans and prevents rust on oil tank exterior
    18. Cleans and protects bed of wheelbarrows
    19. rust on swamp cooler nuts
    20. Removes tea stains from countertops
    21. Removes crayon from wallpaper
    22. Lubricates gate locks
    23. Removes crayon from carpet
    24 Removes tape marks from the wall where posters hung
    25 Shines leaves of artificial houseplants
    26 Keeps snow from sticking to shovel
    27 Removes coffee stains on floor tiles
    28 Keeps hose ends from corroding
    29 Lubricates moving parts on playground equipment
    30 Removes crayon from plastic
    31 Removes decals from bathtubs
    32 Removes old cellophane tape
    33 Removes crayon from shoes
    34 Cleans ashtrays
    35 Removes crayon from toys
    36 Cleans and protects underside of cast iron skillets
    37 Removes ink from carpet
    38 Keeps garden plant cages bright and rust free
    39 Cleans lawnmower blades
    40 Cleans and protects antique kitchen tools
    41 Prevents mildew growth on fountain
    42 Removes marks from floors left by chair feet
    43 Removes crayon from chalk boards
    44 Eliminates static on volume and tuning control knobs
    45 Cleans candle soot
    46 Removes ink from blue jeans
    47 Cleans residue on luggage handles
    48 Cleans old muffin tins
    49 Cleans and protects pruning shears
    50 Cleans gold-plated faucets
    51 Removes petroleum stains from clothing
    52 Keeps sewing needles from rusting
    53 Removes Kool-Aid stains from carpet and fabric
    54 Removes gunk from plastic dish-drainer
    55 Lubricates kitchen sink handheld spray nozzle
    56 Removes rust from curtain rods
    57 Removes adhesive from precious china
    58 Cleans bottoms of pots and pans
    59 Helps prevent rust on hide-a-key containers
    60 Cleans vinyl garage doors
    61 Cleans doggie doo from tennis shoes
    62 Removes gunk when replacing old faucets
    63 Cleans and protects medicine door latches
    64 Protects wrought iron from rust
    65 Removes tomato stains from clothes
    66 Prevents rust from forming on washing machines
    67 Keeps metal wire screens rust free
    68 Removes blue baked-on acrylic cover shields from acrylic windows
    69 Preventative maintenance on cooking burner
    70 Removes coffee stains from leather
    71 Protects electric pump on furnace
    72 Removes ink stains from leather
    73 Prevents corrosion on copper parts of fountain
    74 Lubricates folding parts of ironing board
    75 Removes rust from chair feet
    76 Cleans and polishes gold and brass lamps
    77 Removes adhesive price tag from shoe bottoms
    78 Keeps trigger on glue gun from sticking
    79 Cleans bed frame
    80 Protects shower heads from rust
    81 Protects silver from blackening
    82 Lubricates external pivots on lawnmowers
    83 Keeps blades from rusting on garden plow
    84 Cleans black streaks from hardwood floors
    85 Protects inner machinery in toilet against corrosion
    86 Removes paint from tile flooring
    87 Protects hand trowels from corrosion
    88 Cleans and protects pitchforks
    89 Lubricates screen channels upon installation of rubber bead
    90 Removes rust stains from bathroom tubs
    91 Cleans metal figurines
    92 Shines shower doors
    93 Protects patio door from sun damage
    94 Cleans mildew from refrigerator gasket
    95 Helps clean rust from wire shelves
    96 Cleans newspaper ink from tables
    97 Removes rust stains from floor after mopping
    98 Cleans and protects TV antenna
    99 Removes gum from wallpaper
    100 Penetrates and frees stuck toilet shutoff valve
    101 Spray on rototiller blades to prevent rust during off-season
    102 Cleans melted vacuum belt from carpeting
    103 Removes crayon from television screen
    104 Lubricates zippers on lawn mower grass catcher bags
    105 Cleans gunk from chain saws
    106 Prevents rust on metal patio chairs
    107 Removes crayon marks from glass
    108 Camouflages scratches in cultured marble
    109 Removes berry stains from patio furniture
    110 Removes gum stuck to concrete
    111 Cleans heavy dirt from shovels
    112 Cleans rust from metal exterior of speakers
    113 Coat outside pipes during winter to help prevent freezing damage or pipe bursts
    114 Removes glue deposits from linoleum
    115 Lubricates hinges on antique smoking stand
    116 Removes masking tape residue from linoleum
    117 Cleans gunk built up on doorknobs
    118 Removes stickers from credit cards
    119 Cleans smoke stains
    120 Removes lipstick from carpet
    121 Lubricates metal latches on chain link fences
    122 Removes melted scotch tape from dining room table
    123 Removes stains from coffee cups
    124 Removes crayon from screen doors
    125 Removes crayon from plastic tables
    126 Removes oil stains from nylon
    127 Spray on hula hoe swivels to clean & prevent corrosion
    128 Lubricates air holes before inserting hand air pump nozzle onto tires
    129 Keeps lawnmower wheels turning smoothly
    130 Keeps plant supports from rusting
    131 Removes gum from linoleum floor
    132 Removes strawberry stains from countertops
    133 Removes tar from shovels
    134 Keeps plant hangers from rusting
    135 Removes mascara from tile floors
    136 Erases marks caused by chair backs on running boards of wall
    137 Spray on silverware during unused periods to prevent tarnishing
    138 Clean black marks from shoes off the floor
    139 Removes labels from medicine bottles
    140 Removes wax from shoes
    141 Cleans chair wheels
    142 Cleans window sills
    143 Protects snow shovels from the effects of salt
    144 Cleans and protects washer lid
    145 Prevents corrosion on outdoor light fixtures
    146 Removes felt pen marks from floor
    147 Loosens valve stems on lawnmower tires
    148 Removes gum from aluminum siding
    149 Removes wax from vinyl surfaces
    150 Lubricates mixer gears
    151 Removes rollerblade marks from kitchen floor
    152 Adds moisture to and preserves ivory and bone items
    153 Keeps lawn mower carburetors free of gunk
    154 Removes Velcro stickers
    155 Polishes away scratches on countertops
    156 Lubricates vacuum cleaner roller brush
    157 Cleans gunk from base of toilet bowl
    158 Lubricates runners on porch glider
    159 Cleans roofing tar off circular saw blades
    160 Protects exposed metal parts on snow blowers
    161 Removes sticker residue from clothes
    162 Removes gum from flagpoles
    163 Keeps clay from sticking to shovels
    164 Prevents rake from rusting
    165 Removes laundry detergent stain from washer
    166 Polishes splash guards
    167 Cleans crayon off of rock walls
    168 Lubricates ball valve handle on sprinkler system
    169 Lubricates return springs on riding lawnmowers
    170 Keeps kitty-doo from sticking to electric cat-box rakes
    171 Removes dried toothpaste stains
    172 Removes silly putty from furniture
    173 Cleans lime stains from toilet bowls
    174 Spray on bottom 6 inches of wooden patio table to prevent mildew build up
    175 Removes glue from refrigerator
    176 Helps clean showers
    177 Cleans build up on hedge trimmers
    178 Lubricates gardening shears
    179 Cleans dog hair from sliding door rollers
    180 Removes marks-a-lot ink from most items
    181 Removes rust from cookie tins
    182 Keeps flower pots from sticking together when stacked in storage
    183 Removes gum from dryer lint screen
    184 Cleans tar from rubber water hoses
    185 Removes scuff marks from lawn furniture
    186 Removes rust stains from tile floors
    187 Lubricates lever on razor scraper
    188 Removes lipstick from fabric
    189 Cleans and lubricates the rubber surrounds on stereo sub woofers
    190 Spray down drain throat to remove scum
    191 Removes crayon from place mats
    192 Removes stubborn body oils and shampoo residue from bath mats
    193 Spray around bottom of garbage cans to prevent animals from getting in
    194 Removes oxidation from aluminum window frames
    195 Polishes and protects brass candlesticks
    196 Cleans music racks
    197 Cleans peanut butter from shoestrings
    198 Cleans and protects blades of pruning shears
    199 Cleans wood planter bed
    200 Cleans scum from rubber gloves

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    I hate to tell you but it's 2000+ uses...You have a ways to go...

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