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Old 10-14-08, 01:22 PM
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lock lube

I wonder if this is as contentious as chain lube.

If a lock is sticking, would chain lube suffice to free it up a bit or would powdered graphite be better?
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Old 10-14-08, 01:37 PM
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I'd use WD-40 or Liquid Wrench. It's easy to squirt in and flush out any crud.
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Old 10-14-08, 01:38 PM
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I would think chain lube is too thick.

maybe some liquid wrench, WD-40 or dry lube.
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I use pedro's dry teflon lube in my lock. I have no sticking problems, nor do I have any corrosion.
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For locks I always prefer powdered graphite.
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Or, soak it in a bucket of straight anti freeze. Take it out, dry it off, and it will never freeze, and stay lubricated for a VERY long time.

This tip from an OLD garage foreman from a Utility Company.

Works great.....
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Definitely not chain lube or WD-40. I'd use either powdered graphite or Loc-Ease graphite spray. Anything oily will collect dirt.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
I wonder if this is as contentious as chain lube.

If a lock is sticking, would chain lube suffice to free it up a bit or would powdered graphite be better?
both will work but wet lube will eventually clog the lock up (dirt) and make it unuseable
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I used silicone spray on mine. It worked great. Didn't think about clogging, so hopefully that doesn't become an issue. I don't think it builds up much.
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Old 10-14-08, 07:35 PM
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WD 40 works wonders on the front door lock.
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My friend that is also a locksmith cringes at people that use oil in locks since eventually it gums then up. But I've seen him use WD40 on locks that were really stiff or rough feeling. I'd follow his example if I were you. The oil left by WD 40 is thin enough that it'll wash away before it can attract enough dust to muck it up. Just repeat as required to keep the lock operating smoothly.
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I have a Kryptonite NYC Fogettaboutit lock that I leave on the bike rack at work. I bought it mostly as a joke. I'm not in a high crime area. I told the other guy who uses the rack "I don't need the best lock in the world, just a better lock than you".

Well the other day the joke was on me. I went out to my bike and turned the key in the lock. Try and try and try as i might, I couldn't get the hasp to release. Multiple people tried. My boss ended up giving me a ride (drive of shame?).

The next day I drive to work with a can of WD-40. I squirt it in the lock cylinder and down the hasps... The darn thing fell open in my hand.

Note to self: preventative maintenance is good / WD-40 works as advertised as a penetrating oil.

I left the can in my desk. I plan on squirting a little in the lock every couple of weeks.
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