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  1. #1
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    Default Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    During the last 20 years, I have used various hinge pin lubricants with varying degrees of success. It seems like the quality (or lack of) of "Made in China" hinges is giving me more customer complaints of the "black" hinge residue. I believe most of my problem comes from the friction of the two hinge sides interlocking and rubbing - NOT the pin. I generally lube the hinge pins with automotive door strike plate lubricant.

    What are you folks doing for this problem?? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Quote Originally Posted by rduncan View Post
    What are you folks doing for this problem??
    Well, gosh, I never really thought about doing something about it. I just clean the hinges at my house, and I expect my customers do the same. But I'm sure very curious to hear what others do.
    - Rich

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    I have had the same thing happen with hinges that were made years ago...not in China. I guess it's the friction of the knuckles rubbing against one another as the door is swung; probably more likely that than the hinge pin. I'd say just clean the knuckles off every so often, when it bothers you.
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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Quote Originally Posted by rduncan View Post
    During the last 20 years, I have used various hinge pin lubricants with varying degrees of success. It seems like the quality (or lack of) of "Made in China" hinges is giving me more customer complaints of the "black" hinge residue. I believe most of my problem comes from the friction of the two hinge sides interlocking and rubbing - NOT the pin. I generally lube the hinge pins with automotive door strike plate lubricant.

    What are you folks doing for this problem?? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

    black hinge residue might be from using a wet lubricant that attracts the dust in the air. dont use any wet lube and if you cant adjust the hinge or if replaceing the offending hinge (best option for squeeking, rubbing, hinge) isnt an option than use some type of dry lube.
    S.M.Titmas.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    I use a "wet lube" like White Lithium Grease. I squirt this stuff down the hinge barrels and then thouroghly coat the hinge pins with this stuff and put things back together. I wipe all the gunk that excudes out of the hinges with a rag and we're good to go!

    Should last for a long, long time. Do you get "Black Stuff" coming out of your hinges sometimes? Of course you do. Unless you have Ball Bearing hinges, what do you expect? You have metal-to-metal contact, and the resulting friction is going to result in some Metal-to-Metal grinding, and the hated Black Residue is the result.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    I've heard of using parafin wax and it won't turn black or splatter the wall.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Try "Slipit," a multi-purpose sliding compound that works great for sliding door tracks, hinges, tools and table saw tops. I have to order online at http://www.slipit.com

    good luck,
    Bob

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Vaseline works pretty good. Before putting the hinge halves together, I normally put a little on the pin and then dab some on the top of each barrel?? and then put some in the top before putting the hinge back together.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Quote Originally Posted by Arlanb View Post
    Vaseline works pretty good. Before putting the hinge halves together, I normally put a little on the pin and then dab some on the top of each barrel?? and then put some in the top before putting the hinge back together.
    I also put a little Vaseline on the pin and on the barrel before i put them together but when i do it there is no hinge involved.
    S.M.Titmas.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Beeswax or Carnauba.
    "I'll bend over backwards to help anybody, but I ain't bending over forwards for nobody"

    Paul

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    S.M.Titmas,
    I got it! ;)

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Quote Originally Posted by smtitmas View Post
    I also put a little Vaseline on the pin and on the barrel before i put them together but when i do it there is no hinge involved.
    You ought to move up to Astroglide or KY at a minimum. Actually I used a case of Astroglide on a project where I needed to slip fit copper caps into a tight area.

    Kye

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Quote Originally Posted by Kye GC View Post
    You ought to move up to Astroglide or KY at a minimum. Actually I used a case of Astroglide on a project where I needed to slip fit copper caps into a tight area.

    Kye
    so where does one buy a case of Astroglide, and what did you tell them you were going to do with it?
    S.M.Titmas.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Our bedroom door squeaked for a long, long time. My wife asked me to fix it several times but you know how that goes. One day she asked me "What do you use to oil it?". I said anything will do. She went to the kitchen, got her spray can of PAM and sprayed the hinges from the outside and wiped off the excess. They no longer squeak.

    She is a long, long way from letting me live that down.

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    Default Re: Interior Door Hinge Lubricant ??Best??

    Coming from an industrial mechanic background, I'll second the white lithium grease.

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