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WHAT?? WD40 !!

Has anyone every heard of this.....??

Yesterday I didn't brush Cicero because of painting all day and to tired. This afternoon when I picked him up to brush he had some small tangles under his armpits and on his stomach...in tender spots. I had a vistor that told me I should spray the tangles with WD40 so it wouldn't hurt and the tangles would come apart easy. WHAT? That has to be a joke!!

She told me No, that it worked. She told me that is what they do to the horses to remove tangles in their tails. She said they spray the show horses with WD40 and brush them good to make their coats shiny and nice for shows.

I told her I was afraid to try it. She told me to just spray some on my brush and try it that way to see how much easier it would be to brush through his hair. Since I was going to give him a bath...I tried it...it worked. The brush just slid through his hair and the tangles did come apart. She said if I ever had big mats to just spray a 'little' on the mat and it would work apart much easier.
SO...anyone every heard of this?


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 09:27 PM
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Wow, thats crazy?? But did it not make Cicero stink like oil??

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yikes! here's what wikipedia lists as the ingredients--- I mean vasoline is petroleum based and we think of that as safe..but that first ingredient? like kerosine?

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WD-40's main ingredients, according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, are:

* 50%: Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits -- somewhat similar to kerosene)
* 25%: Liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability)
* 15+%: Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
* 10-%: Inert ingredients

The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following safety relevant ingredients:

* 60-80%: Heavy Naphtha (petroleum product), hydrogen treated
* 1-5%: Carbon dioxide

It further lists flammability and effects to the human skin when repeatedly exposed to WD-40 as risks when using WD-40. Nitrile rubber gloves and safety glasses should be used. Water is unsuitable for extinguishing burning WD-40.

There is a popular urban legend that the main ingredient in WD-40 is fish oil.[2] Although it is unknown whether the formula contains fish oil, material safety data sheets for the product show that the main ingredient is Stoddard solvent, not fish oil.[3]



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I'm not surprised. It has its own fan club and a website listing over 2000 uses for it. I have to admit I've used it for a lot of things, like removing crayon marks made by sweet little grandchildren However, the strangest use I've heard of is from their site:

"Removes a Boa Constrictor stuck in engine compartment of cars"

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Cicero went right to the sink for his bath as soon as I finished the brush out. I wouldn't use it for everyday use, but I want say I wouldn't use it on the brush again when I know he is going in the sink. I wouldn't spray it on his skin. We have use WD40 for many things through the years and it has never burned my skin at all. In fact, I know an 80 year old lady that says she rubs WD40 on her knees for artiritis and she swears it helps. Now I think that is crazy...lol

Ryan, I only misted the brush and since I put Cicero in the sink I didn't notice him smelling like oil, but wouldn't use it on him for grooming because of the odor. I can only tell you that the brush went through his hair much easier where some sap from pine needles had made the hair on his legs sticky.


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Leslie, I looked on the site at the 2000 uses and this was just two of them...
Removes adhesive from the tails of show calves
Removes snarls from horse hair & manes

When I ask my visitor - "Do you really spray horses with WD40, then brush and wash before a show?"
She said, "We spray and brush, but we don't wash, it's what makes them look so shiny and good - haven't you ever seen a show horse!"

Guess I will think about it...and read more...but it sure helps with the sticky stuff.


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I'm sure it works. Petroleum is a very good solvent.

However, I'd never use it on a human or a pet, for health reasons. It is most certainly a carcinogen, at the very least. It may not cause immediate health problems, but that doesn't mean it's safe...

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I'm sure it works. Petroleum is a very good solvent.

However, I'd never use it on a human or a pet, for health reasons. It is most certainly a carcinogen, at the very least. It may not cause immediate health problems, but that doesn't mean it's safe...
Oddly enough if you look at the use of petroleum in the last 100yrs, it rises with a similiar rate to that of cancer...

Chances are if your parents never had kids...you won't either...
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