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A Can for Every Task

By Brad Holden

Most woodworkers I know own at least one can of WD-40. Wherever there’s steel—and there’s plenty of that in our shops—there’s rust, corrosion and stuck parts. The folks at WD-40 have now come out with a whole line of additional products you might find useful when dealing with balky woodworking machines, tools and hardware.

My shop is in an unheated garage, where rust is always an issue. I’ll certainly be checking out one of these new products: WD-40’s Long-Term Corrosion Inhibitor. According to the manufacturer, it protects metal from corrosion for up to one year outdoors and two years indoors.

Speaking of rust, I love restoring old tools. WD-40 says their new Rust Remover Soak restores lightly rusted metal parts back to bare metal. You let the parts soak overnight, pull them out, rinse them, dry them and apply a protective coating of your choice. It’s made with non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients. Boy, do I have a lot of candidates to try this out on! I’m not sure what it will do to a tool’s japanning, but I’ll be careful.

WD-40 has also introduced white lithium grease in a spray can. If your tablesaw groans when you raise or tilt the blade, this is the product you need to provide long-term lubrication for the saw’s elevation and tilting gears. White lithium grease dries, so it won’t attract sawdust and gum up the gears’ teeth.

Other members of the family include Rust Release Penetrant Spray and Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant. I would keep all silicone products out of the shop, however. If silicone gets on your wood, you’ll have one heck of a time getting a finish to stick to it.



WD-40,, 888-324-7596, Long-Term Corrosion Inhibitor, 6.5 oz.; Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant, 11 oz.; Rust Release Penetrant Spray, 11 oz.; Protective White Lithium Grease, 10 oz.; Rust Remover Soak, 128 oz.