Using Dry Lubricants

Keep moving parts clean and running smooth.

Dry lubricants have a lot to offer the homeowner. Most lubricants leave an oily film that attracts dust. Dry lubricants can keep your doors, drawers, windows and locks running smooth with no residual mess. Check out this article for three common types of dry lubricants and their uses.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Uses for dry lubricants

Penetrating spray lubricant is not always the best lubricant for everything around the house. Drawers, cabinets, locks and latches, windows, sliding and bifold doors, and other metal, wood and plastic surfaces inside the house all need lubricants that stay dry and clean.

Graphite (powder or spray), wax and silicone all dry quickly, so they don't attract dust, which can clog or gum up moving parts. Each of them solves unique lubricating problems better than any other lubricant and costs less than $5, making them well worth keeping in the shop next to the penetrating spray.

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Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Tube of graphite lubricant
  • Tube of solid lubricant
  • Can of silicone spray lubricant