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#4231593 - 10/22/16 11:08 PM Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts.
crazyoildude Offline


Registered: 07/23/08
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Loc: New Jersey
I asked my friend who is a Licensed Lock Smith what he uses to lube locks that he works on and he says most locksmiths use the blue and yellow WD-40 spray but there must be something better. Maybe even another WD-40 product...Any ideas?
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#4231602 - 10/22/16 11:18 PM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 2842
Loc: North Carolina
I use graphite lube for locks.
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#4231603 - 10/22/16 11:18 PM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
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Loc: MTL, CANADA
Graphite. I use the powder tube for key locks on house and car locks. You can also get graphite spray. For hinges, car door hinges I use lithium grease from spray can.
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#4231616 - 10/22/16 11:38 PM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
RedOakRanch Offline


Registered: 11/10/13
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Loc: Central Coast California
My locksmith says silicone dry lube or graphite. Never oil that attracts dust for locks. I use red high temp grease on hinges with removable pins.
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#4231640 - 10/23/16 01:15 AM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
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Loc: Clovis, CA
0W-20 because that's what it is anyway . . . a hinge lube.

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#4231680 - 10/23/16 05:31 AM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
Jetronic Offline


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last time (friday) I used this:



graphite containing penetrant
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#4231690 - 10/23/16 06:13 AM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
bigt61 Offline


Registered: 02/12/13
Posts: 3069
Loc: Virginia
Back in the 90's GM was having problems with door locks on cars and came out with a GM lock lube. If you couldn't get that, they specifically said you could use Mobil 1. That's what I've always used. Dip key in oil and insert in lock - I use it on ignition locks too - now, many have start buttons. M1 also extends the life of old worn out box fans by a few years.
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#4231752 - 10/23/16 08:09 AM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
Bud Offline


Registered: 06/04/02
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Loc: Texas
I use good old Triflow.
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#4231757 - 10/23/16 08:11 AM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: bigt61]
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#4231780 - 10/23/16 08:47 AM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
NibbanaBanana Offline


Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 226
Loc: New England
For hinges and latches on the cars, I spray them with white lithium grease at every maintenance.

With all the salt around here, I try to lube the locks once a year. I used to just squirt a little grease in there with a grease needle but it tends to be a little too thick and stick to the key too much and get grease on somebody's clothes. Now I've been using Gel Lube. I think I got it at Walmart. Has a nice thin plastic tube you can stick right in the lock. It's thinner than regular wheel bearing grease but thicker than oil. I think it probably is just about the right viscosity to disperse itself around on the parts in there but not run off too quick like oil might. It's been working good for me for 5 or 10 years now. No lock problems.
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#4231791 - 10/23/16 09:04 AM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 4844
Loc: South Florida
I have a lock that sits out in the rain all the time. It was corroded and non functioning about 5 years ago. I put a few drops of Breakfree CLP gun oil on the moving parts and its been perfect since (several years ago) Maybe not the right oil for the job but has been more than satisfactory.
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#4231959 - 10/23/16 12:35 PM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: bubbatime]
AMC Offline


Registered: 10/17/10
Posts: 800
Loc: South Eastern, CT
Originally Posted By: bubbatime
I have a lock that sits out in the rain all the time. It was corroded and non functioning about 5 years ago. I put a few drops of Breakfree CLP gun oil on the moving parts and its been perfect since (several years ago) Maybe not the right oil for the job but has been more than satisfactory.


General purpose gun oil does work very well for hinges, locks and other household things.

I use Corrosion X with success on everything I have tried. It is even safe (and actually good) for ignition locks and places where electronics are present.

Specifically for locks, if it is a clean, mostly indoor environment, nothing beats fluid film. It will keep the lock buttery smooth and protected almost for life with one heavy application. If the lock is in a dusty/desert environment then one of the dry, teflon type spray lubes work best.

I do not like graphite on locks at all. All it does is make the lock feel more dry and crunchy.
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#4232377 - 10/23/16 11:32 PM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 16581
Loc: Clovis, CA
That was supposed to be a cheap shot at you thin oil people; isn't anybody gonna say anything ? laugh

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#4237449 - 10/30/16 03:20 PM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: crazyoildude]
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Loc: ohio
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#4239384 - 11/01/16 10:04 PM Re: Best Lube For Hinges, Locks And Other Parts. [Re: bigt61]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4138
Loc: Houston, Texas
Originally Posted By: bigt61
Back in the 90's GM was having problems with door locks on cars and came out with a GM lock lube. If you couldn't get that, they specifically said you could use Mobil 1. That's what I've always used. Dip key in oil and insert in lock - I use it on ignition locks too - now, many have start buttons. M1 also extends the life of old worn out box fans by a few years.


Never understood why you can't just use motor oil on locks when everyone recommends graphite.
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