WD-40 is now in Armenia and could be in a store near every Peace Corps Volunteer in these (squeaky) parts. I predict both a stampede and a sell-out, for Americans who have spent months wrestling with recalcitrant locks, stubborn bolts, and rusted everything will be overjoyed to know they can now buy the caretaker’s cure-all, launched in the Caucasus just days ago. I bought my first 330 ml this morning at Rainbow hardware in Goris–and may go back for the rest.
Artur is already looking covetously at my can. He was resilvering a hubcap when I came home with my blue and yellow bounty. Through enthusiastic mime and a squirt or two of the miracle substance I showed him that I could help if the other three wheels seemed sticky. He is still sniffing the fumes appreciatively.
I have already eased every lock and bolt in my apartment, and am about to start on an overly stiff hinge, and a noisy castor or two. Later I may clean some tar off Natalie’s socks, and give her bike and its oily chain a once-over with the magic mist. I kind of wish there was some gum stuck on something, so I could amaze Armenia by removing it with ease. I can hardly wait for winter now, so I can unfreeze locked cars for friends and neighbors…
I even tried to work out how to spread the word about WD-40 (that’s WD-karasoon here) in Armenian–
գտեկ այս արտադրանք խանղտղմ սհատ լավ ե ուճէր է սարկէկ ձէզ բանալի կողպեք
Find this product in the shops. It is very good and strong. It will fix your sticky keys
–but I needn’t have worried. In preparation for global domination, WD-40 has a highly graphic website that details how to use WD-40 and shows about 2000 problems it can solve. Artur has abandoned Operation Silver Spray and is studying it now. Lubrication beyond language. Long may it last.
There was a piece on BBC radio the other day about weird solutions to odd problems, someone said that WD40 is good for arthritic joints! But it seems to be an urban myth that the WDmakers have to keep denying. Worth a try though?
I have put it on my knees before now. Not sure that it helps but certainly doesn’t hurt
I wish it would make its way to Swaziland!