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Old 04-21-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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Best Lube for compartment keyholes

My storage compartment keyholes are in need of lubrication...the key doesn't slide in nicely. Whats the best to use to lube them...not keen on WD40 as it works for a bit but attracts dust...would a silicone spray be best best?

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Old 04-21-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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Silicone would work, but spray graphite dry lube is better. It's carried in an alcohol type suspension, then the alcohol evaporates away leaving the graphite behind in all the nooks and crannies.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:26 PM   #3
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And where can one find this? Most auto parts stores or the likes of Home Depot, Lowe's?

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Old 04-21-2014, 11:33 PM   #4
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Wow, went to check and it would seem the answer to your question is.......Yes! Parts stores, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, all of the above!

It would likely be easiest found at Lowes or HD, parts stores are smaller, but it's a crap shoot if you'll get someone decent to ask where it is.

https://www.google.com/#q=spray+grap...icant&safe=off
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:48 PM   #5
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Yes, the graphite is the best for all types of locks and keyholes. I worked a summer in college at a locksmith and this was all we used. I am pretty sure you can find it anywhere as SKnight said. I know I have seen it in both HD and Lowes right near the WD-40 and lockset aisles.

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:04 AM   #6
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So....
Can you use too much graphite dry lube? Just wondering....if I put this on "prep camper" checklist could I overdo it?
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I'm sure you could, but not really? When you spray it in the excess just kinda burbles out, only what will stay in there will stay in there if that makes sense?

The graphite is nearly fine as talcum powder, so it's not likely to pack in causing issues.

A shot a year should be more than adequate.
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Too much excess would just come out on the keys as well. I don't think you will have any issues, I'd put a squirt or two in and then just run the key in and out a few times and see if it feels better.
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I also use graphite - works very well. I keep a small squeeze tube of it in my toolbox and use it as needed; not as a regular step in my trailer prep. But that's not a bad idea either. As SKnight said, once a year should be adequate.
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