Locksmithing/deadbolt lubrication


I have weiser dead bolts, schlage deadbolts, and emtek deadbolts... my
question is do I lubricate all of them with graphite or should I use WD40 or
do you recommend a lubricant...do schlage and emtek use graphite and weiser
use graphite? Do different deadbolts require different types of lubricants?

Hello Colin,

I don't recommend using WD40 on locks.  Use TriFlo or similar.

I never recommend using graphite, in fact highly recommend against it.

The only locks that I'd use something other than TriFlo arrest those that require specialized lubricant such as ASSA or Medeco.

When using a liquid lubricant in a lock, use a lot the first time to clean out any graphite, as well as the dirt and gunk that is in there.



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