Let’s talk about lubricant! It’s more important than you think

Lubricant is a substance you can use between two contacting surfaces to reduce damage, wear, friction and heat. For that reason, it’s invaluable in a number of situations and industries, and used for everything you can think of. Making sure engines run smoothly, for example, or ensuring your grandmother’s artificial hip doesn’t seize up! Technically, the principles of lubrication actually fall under the discipline of Tribology, the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion.

WD-40’s original Multi-Use Product was designed as a water displacement substance for use on rockets, but was soon found to possess excellent lubrication properties. Subsequently, the scientists who developed it actually put it to use around their homes. After realising how useful WD-40 was in both domestic and industrial settings, they presented it to market. The rest is history!

Since then, WD-40 has grown and thrived into an internationally renowned brand. We’ve expanded our product family to support a number of industry and hobby-specific tasks, most notably mechanical maintenance. As a result, keeping components and equipment lubricated to improve performance and extend working lifespan has become our specialty. But why bother investing in a range of products when surely any lubricant will do? The answer is simple. To get the best results, you need a formula that’s tailored to suit the task, component or environment. These factors are more important than they seem, and can dramatically reduce effectiveness of an unsuitable product.

Our Multi-Use Product is, as the name suggests, designed for multiple-uses, so is suited to a range of indoor and outdoor tasks. Perfect for everything, Multi Use Product is a jack-of-all-trades that’s just as comfortable lubricating squeaky hinges around the house as it is in the workshop, garage and office. As a lubricant it can cope with most jobs in almost any environment.

WD-40 Specialist lubricants – products that work as hard as you do

We designed our WD-40 Specialist range with tradesmen and professionals in mind. These Specialist products aid in industry-specific roles that require that extra focus to get the job done right, first time. We have three types of lubricant in our Specialist range: Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant, High Performance PTFE Lubricant, and High Performance Silicone Lubricant.

Our Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant is a non-transferring, non-friction lubricant specially designed for high use. It’s ideal for repetitive mechanisms like door and window tracks, chains, rollers, power tools and lock mechanisms. The formula uses PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), renowned for it’s non-stick qualities. It provides a quick-drying layer of lubrication that won’t attract dirt, dust or other deposits, and works even under intense use and through temperatures ranging from -45°C to 260°C. Safe for use on metals, plastic and glass, Our Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant also makes an excellent mould release agent.

Our High Performance PTFE Lubricant is suited to an even wider range of applications, including materials like rubber and vinyl. The PTFE base gives it fantastic non-stick properties and repels dust, debris and other residues that clog up workings. Use on hydraulics, sliding tracks, axels, even hedge trimmers or power tool blades. It will provide a lubricating surface that will stay clean even in the filthiest environments.

If you’re working with softer, more perishable materials like rubber, vinyl, PVC or wood, then our High Performance Silicone Lubricant is the product to reach for. Silicone-based, it’s specifically non-staining and gentle on materials. This means it’s more suited to use on pipes, window seals, plumbing fittings and belts, even fishing reels and valves. The slick formula will keep things moving smoothly and help repel moisture, making it the ideal plumber’s companion. Use both indoors and outdoors, in temperatures ranging from -35°C to +200°C.

Keep things turning with our Motorbike and Bike Lubricants

Lubrication is obviously a must for components that need to move and turn without malfunction. To ensure your bike chains don’t seize and break at the worst possible moments, it’s imperative that you lubricate them regularly.

Our WD-40 Motorbike Chain Lube does exactly that, conditioning, maintaining and improving the movement of your chain as you ride. As with our whole Motorbike range, we’ve worked with the University of Sheffield to develop and test our products, including applying a rigorous anti-fling test to ensure that our products stay exactly where you’ve applied them. Our Motorbike Chain Lube is a synthetic formula that provides long-lasting lubrication to all high-performance bike chains, and is compatible with O, X and Y rings. Thin and fast flowing, it can penetrate into the tightest spaces and smallest gaps giving an all-over comprehensive lubricant covering. The formula dries quickly and continues to work as you ride out, and even long after you’ve parked up.

Bike in all conditions

If you’re more into pedal-power, then WD-40 BIKE range is here to help keep you in the saddle. With bicycles, there’s greater need for lubrication over multiple components. All those joints, chains and mechanisms are open to the elements and require extra protection. We’ve included three types of lubricant in our BIKE range to cover everyone from focussed road riders, to air-grabbing mountain bikers, to the A-to-B and back again city commuters.

Our WD-40 BIKE All Conditions Lube is the most versatile of the three, utilising a PTFE-based formula to provide a weather-resistant and quick drying lubricant for use on chains, pivot points, derailleurs, cables and shifters. Your bike will be well-maintained and ready to go when you are. The PTFE component helps protect against friction, and repels dirt and dust that can build up into damaging residues.

For dry conditions, such as summer off-roading, we recommend our BIKE Dry Lube for excellent lubrication in even the most arid weather. The PTFE formula repels dust and grit as you ride, and keeps components free from residue build-up. Not only will this keep your bike running smoothly, but the thin, low viscosity formula will work for longer, maintaining and protecting after other lubricants would dry out.

When the weather changes and the dust and dryness are replaced with rain, fog and mud, our BIKE Wet Lube should be used instead. Because it’s a thicker, higher viscosity formula, our Wet Lube is great for repelling moisture and wet elements. It maintains lubrication on exposed parts and protects against seizure and damage in consistently wet conditions. As a result, it’s ideal for city commuters who are regularly faced with wet, dirty road surfaces. Our Wet Lube will provide protection through winter, and keep your bicycle running smoothly whatever the weather throws your way.

For all your outdoor tasks

Moving from the garage to the garden shed, our final lubricant product should be every gardener and groundskeeper’s sideboard companion. Our Specialist Lawn & Garden range features a General Use Lubricant that’s ideal for a huge range of outdoor tasks, working hard to keep everything from machinery, tools, shed doors, even outdoor taps well maintained and moving freely.

For example, try using it on secateurs and branch loppers to provide smooth operation and protect against damaging tree sap. Or spray your forks and garden spades to make cleaning easier, for instance. You could even give your mower blades a coat to stop residue and clumps from sticking and ruining performance. In addition, it’s also a handy companion as you wind down over winter. Give stored tools and equipment a spray as you put them away, and the penetrating, long-lasting formula will keep them lubricated through the winter so they’re ready to use when you need them again.

With a product suited to every task and environment, it’s easy to see why WD-40 is the market-leader in lubrication products. No wonder hobbyists and tradesmen alike turn to the yellow and blue shield for protection the world over.

Useful lubricant links…

WD-40 Multi-Use Product Range

WD-40 Specialist Product Range

WD-40 Specialist Motorbike Product Range

WD-40 BIKE Product Range