WD-40 60 Years Old and Going Strong

Find out what the title of this household staple with 2,000 uses stands for.
2:04 | 09/15/15

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Finally tonight here from California, made in America. The product instantly recognized around the world. Found in millions of homes right here in America. But how many know what the name really means? Here in California, our made in America team, in search of something eight out of ten Americans have right in their own home. That blue and yellow can, wd-40. We're going to go where the secret formula of wd-40 is mixed. Reporter: The concentrated formula, made right here in San Diego. The formula nearly the same since it us invented more than 60 years ago. It's a special thing. We covet that concentrate. Reporter: That secret recipe -- written in pencil. On a steno pad! And where is it? Locked in a bank vault right here in San Diego, on Rosen Krans street. The year was 1953 and rocket chemical company set out to keep rockets from rust. And it took a few times. 40, in fact. And the name stuck. Water displacement, 40th formula. These cans today, headed for Malaysia. Patty doing quality control on the line for nearly 17 years. It's a name brand. Everybody has a can in their house. Reporter: Customers writing them, saying they used wd-40 for everything, from fixing a squeaky hinge to keeping bathroom mirrors from fogging. Even removing stains from fabrics. Wd-40 says 2,000 ideas sent to them and counting. But tonight, they're also out to wipe away something else. The counterfeits along the way. One of the original cans, right on display. Spontaneously turns romantic,

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