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SurferJoe46
07-08-2009, 03:45 PM
John S. Barry, an executive who masterminded the spread of WD-40, the petroleum-based lubricant and protectant created for the space program, into millions of American and worldwide households, died on July 3 2009 in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. He was 84.

:crying

Richard
07-08-2009, 04:00 PM
Why didn't they use CRC? ;)

Bryan
07-08-2009, 04:17 PM
What a man. WD-40 is great stuff. I wonder if he came up with anything else. Interesting that it is petroleum based, no doubt that is why it is so good at removing tar (bitumen) from cars and the like.

It's a shame that we all grow old and then die, me !!! not too far away.

Digby
07-08-2009, 07:05 PM
That's sad, it stands for Water Displacement the forieth try worked, the previous 39 did not.
The moral of the story, is never give up !

Morgenmuffel
07-08-2009, 07:19 PM
What a man. WD-40 is great stuff. I wonder if he came up with anything else. Interesting that it is petroleum based, no doubt that is why it is so good at removing tar (bitumen) from cars and the like.

He didn't come up with WD-40 he was just the guy who marketed it and did a bloody good job, it was invented about 15 years before he came to the company.

The Guy who invented it was Norm Larsen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Larsen), who also had a hand in the creation of CRC 5.56

Strommer
07-08-2009, 08:03 PM
Is there much practical difference between wd40 and crc?
I tried a quick google but found nothing.

Sick Puppy
07-08-2009, 08:10 PM
A locksmith told me you can use WD-40 on lock mechanisms, but not CRC, which will gum up the lock mechanism.

kenj
07-08-2009, 08:39 PM
I heard he just slipped away....

Ken

gary67
07-08-2009, 09:09 PM
A locksmith told me you can use WD-40 on lock mechanisms, but not CRC, which will gum up the lock mechanism.

You shouldn't use either for that you should use dry graphite as it doesn't collect crap like liquid lubricants do

R2x1
07-08-2009, 09:44 PM
Why didn't they use CRC? ;)

CRC only came later, a pale and innefectual copy of the real thing (powered by marketing).

R2x1
07-08-2009, 09:49 PM
You shouldn't use either for that you should use dry graphite as it doesn't collect crap like liquid lubricants do

Weeelll - - nope. The graphite that gets past the lock mechanism goes into the door-unlocking switch and will leave your doors changing their lock state rather randomly. The other graphite that comes out with your key will give you sooty pockets. OK, no biggy - but I would reccomend you avoid testing the graphited purse trick due to explosive effects. Try Liquid Teflon.

prefect
07-08-2009, 09:58 PM
WD40 isnt a miracle in a can. If say sprayed on aluminium paneling in a marine environment it actually causes crevice corrosion on overlaps or joins.

R2x1
07-08-2009, 10:12 PM
And CRC says it "Makes things work". After 2 cans on an apprentice, he still wouldn't work.

PaulD
07-08-2009, 10:14 PM
CRC only came later, a pale and innefectual copy of the real thing (powered by marketing).

As Nigel has already pointed out CRC 5.56 was formulated by the same person who did WD40, the marketing is probably the biggest difference.