From Trash to Treasure: 10 Solutions for Salvage and Repair
From Trash to Treasure: 10 Solutions for Salvage and Repair<< Back
Do you see a lot of things being thrown away before their time? Modern civilization has created a capacity for abundance, but all too often this plentiful supply leads to waste and excess. With items that can be salvaged, restored, repurposed, or made useful in a different way, why not take the time to find creative solutions to repair things at home or at work rather than replace them? This transformation from trash to treasure not only keeps nearly discarded items out of the junkyard – it turns them into something of value.
In our last blog we introduced the Repair It Don’t Replace It Challenge. Running until July 17th, 2023, contestants (like you) can enter photos and videos of their repair and restoration projects for a chance to win up to $3,000. It’s an opportunity to give tools, equipment, vehicles, and more a new lease on life instead of a trip to the landfill. In these scenarios, WD-40® Brand Products often deliver solutions that can make the difference – so this challenge is a great chance to put our products to the test. For a little inspiration, here are 10 ideas for salvage and repair to get you started:
- Restoring Rusted Metal
Rust can be a common issue with neglected metal items or those that have fallen into disuse. Luckily, the Original WD-40 Formula helps combat rust and restore affected parts to their original charm. Start by spraying the formula on the rusty surface and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a wire brush or sandpaper to gently scrub away the rust. The lubricating properties will help loosen stubborn rust, making it easier to repair. Once the rust is gone, wipe the item clean with a cloth. This simple process can revive old garden furniture or tools, metal decorations, kitchen utensils, vehicle parts, and much more.
- Renewing Wooden Surfaces
Furniture or other items made of wood can lose their luster over time. To restore gummed-up areas and bring back the shine, WD-40 Multi-Use Product helps get the Job Done Right. Begin by cleaning the wooden surface thoroughly to remove dirt and grime. Then, apply a small amount of the Original WD-40 Formula on a clean cloth and gently rub it onto the wood. The oil in WD-40 helps condition the wood, enhancing its natural shine and color. It's important to use a moderate amount and avoid oversaturating the wood. This technique can revitalize old wooden chairs, tables, picture frames, or any wooden object that needs a pick-me-up.
- Removing Adhesive Residue
When repurposing used or second-hand items, adhesive residue from stickers or labels can be a stubborn obstacle. Again, WD-40 Multi-Use Product comes to the rescue by dissolving the adhesive. Spray a generous amount of the formula onto the sticky residue and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a cloth or sponge to wipe away the residue effortlessly. This technique works wonders on glass, plastic, metal, and even fabric surfaces.
- Unsticking Stubborn Mechanisms
Old machinery and equipment may have mechanisms that seized up due to years of neglect. WD-40 Specialist® Penetrant can be especially useful in breaking the bonds of rust deep inside parts or hardware. The penetrating formula also has a light lubricant to free up stuck parts, so you can gently wiggle or manipulate the mechanism until it starts moving freely. In this way, you can salvage old motors, vintage toys, or other mechanical items.
- Faded and Dull Plastic
Plastic items like outdoor toys, garden ornaments, or even kitchenware can lose their vibrant colors over time. WD-40 Specialist Silicone can help revive their appearance. Spray a small amount onto a cloth and gently rub it onto the plastic surface. The formula can help restore the shine and vibrancy of the plastic, making it look like new again. This technique is particularly effective for items exposed to sunlight as a coating can act as a light protective layer, working to lessen further fading.
- Enhancing Leather and Vinyl
Discarded leather or vinyl furniture, bags, or accessories can often appear worn out and dry. WD-40 Multi-Use Product can be a game-changer in restoring their suppleness and luster. To begin, clean the leather or vinyl surface with a mild mixture of soap and water. Once dry, apply a small amount of the Original WD-40 Formula on a clean cloth and gently massage it into the material. By conditioning and moisturizing the leather or vinyl, you will revitalize its appearance and help prevent further cracking. This technique can bring back the rich look of old leather armchairs, handbags, or even car interiors.
- Protecting Outdoor Furniture
With outdoor furniture, it's essential to offer protection from the elements. This way you can stop the problem before it starts and keep from sending the furniture to the dump. On wooden, metal, or other materials WD-40 Multi-Use Product can serve as a valuable shield against moisture and sun damage. Complete any painting or staining if you are refinishing the furniture first and allow everything to dry. Apply a thin coat of the Original WD-40 Formula to seal and protect it. For metal parts left standing outdoors for a long time, try our WD-40 Specialist Gel Lube – it can offer up to one year of protection. Regular application and maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture.
- Electrical Connections
In projects involving electronics or electrical items, ensuring proper connections is crucial. The unique properties of WD-40 Multi-Use formula can aid in restoring conductivity and corrosion prevention. Before connecting wires or components, spray a small amount of the Original WD-40 Formula on the connectors and gently clean them with a cloth. This helps remove dirt and oxidation, ensuring a reliable electrical connection. By revitalizing electrical contacts, you can salvage old lamps, electronics, or other electrical devices, giving them a second chance to stay bright.
- Rubber and Plastic Seals
Old rubber or plastic seals on windows, doors, or appliances can become dry and brittle over time, leading to drafts or leaks. To rejuvenate these seals and assist in making them more pliable and efficient, turn to WD-40 Specialist Silicone. Apply a small amount of the silicone spray directly onto the seal and work it in with a cloth. Maintaining flexibility aids in creating a better seal, which is of great value to doors, windows, and household appliances.
- Get Creative!
One of the greatest things about WD-40 Multi-Use Product is its extreme versatility. Users of the blue & yellow can tap into an ability to solve various problems, making it an excellent tool for transforming junkyard finds into treasures. While you don’t have to use any WD-40 Brand Products at all to restore salvageable items or enter the Repair It, Don’t Replace It Challenge, the solutions you’ll find open up a world of possibility. Good luck and let us know how your projects go!