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Old 01-20-2018, 01:48 PM   #1
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door latch lube

My old 5ver has a door latch I can't keep lubed. The part I refer to is the pot metal latch that slides and goes into the strike plate/receiver. I can hit it with silicon spray and it stays lubed for a few days and then becomes hard to shut again without pulling the release handle to draw back the latch. I am loathe to grease it up as I suspect it would attract flies and goo balls of crud.

Any bright tips out there? (BTW I KNOW WHAT WD40 STANDS FOR AND DON'T WITH TO DISCUSS WD40).
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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Try rubbing with a wax candle.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:17 PM   #3
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Pb blaster seems to work good too.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:24 PM   #4
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Bar soap works well also and washes out of clothes if you rub up against the latch bolt.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:34 PM   #5
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I use spray white lithium grease... works great
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:22 PM   #6
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Kind of stayed away from spray lithium grease as it tends to collect crud. I have been using dry silicon spray lube and it lasts about 2-3 days before needing to be re-applied. Might try the wax or soap I guess but this means disassemble.... yuch
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Kind of stayed away from spray lithium grease as it tends to collect crud. I have been using dry silicon spray lube and it lasts about 2-3 days before needing to be re-applied. Might try the wax or soap I guess but this means disassemble.... yuch
Just rub the exposed part of the latch with the wax, (paraffin), you can also rub some on the strike plate.
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Dry graphite works well as does bees wax.
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:48 AM   #9
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Does the latch system maybe need to be realigned?

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