Dumbing-Down the WD-40 “Smart Straw”

Is anyone else frustrated by this hideous contraption on cans of WD-40? It’s one of those inventions that’s meant to do two jobs, but does neither of them well. 

These things certainly don’t atomize WD like the simple old nozzles did, and when set to use the straw, they leak liquid all over the place. Sadly, it’s one of those ideas that just doesn’t perform in the real world at all like it did on paper. 

Anyway, here’s a solution – one that works for me, at least. I just discovered that WD’s still available in the little 3 ounce spray cans, and those come with the old “dumb” nozzle.  (They also fit better on my crowded workbench). Our local True Value hardware store carries those, so I picked up a handful of them the other day. 

My advice, for what it’s worth, is to just remove and scrap the “Smart Straw” and replace it with a nozzle from one of the small cans. They atomize WD into the nice fine mist I usually need, and also come with the old familiar red straw if you ever need it. 

Maybe this is a trivial little thing that doesn’t bother you at all, and if that’s the case, that’s fine, just ignore my ranting. If it irritates you, though, drop WD40.com a quick note via their contact page and tell them about it. I did.


There, I feel much better now. Hope that’s helpful to someone. 

God bless you, 
Dave Harnish

John 3:3


About Dave Harnish

I've been an appliance repair tech since 1972, with interests in most everything, including Bible study (I'm one of those KJV-only geezers), old Sunbeam Mixmasters, Maytag wringer washers, the outdoors, birds, hunting, metalworking, firewood cutting, and most anything going on outside on our mountain here in N. PA's 'Endless Mountains'.
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