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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #10 on: Dec 03, 2023, 10.19 am
    Dec 03, 2023, 10.19 am
    In the good old days of key operated door locks, we always carried a lighter to warm the key, typical every winter.

    A decent one, not a fiddly cig lighter. eg:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CLIPPER-LIGHTERS-KITCHEN-CAMPING-LIGHTER/dp/B00CLADOMI?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&ref_=bing_fplfs&psc=1
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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #11 on: Dec 03, 2023, 06.47 pm
    Dec 03, 2023, 06.47 pm
    *Originally Posted by K1W1 [+]
    WD40 and similar products eventually cause more problems in locks than they solve. They leave an oily residue that attracts and sticks to dust and dirt particles. All locksmiths will recommend a dry lube like graphite powder.
    WD40 do a silicone based "dry lub" spray especially designed for locks

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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #12 on: Dec 03, 2023, 10.55 pm
    Dec 03, 2023, 10.55 pm
    *Originally Posted by Chippy4467 [+]
    WD40 do a silicone based "dry lub" spray especially designed for locks
    Look for dry lubes that have the active ingredient of PTFE. Those lubes don't get gummy or harbor water. Graphite is good but a bit messy in my opinion.

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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #13 on: Dec 03, 2023, 11.35 pm
    Dec 03, 2023, 11.35 pm
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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #14 on: Dec 05, 2023, 02.55 pm
    Dec 05, 2023, 02.55 pm

    Never had a problem with frost / ice but my tank cap used to be a royal pain. Struggled to get the key in sometimes.

    Bought some of this stuff:




    Works a treat

    Replaced a sticking lock on my Givi top box (it seems to get covered in crud on a wet day) and use this on that too...  never had an issue

    Oh ... it also cured a sticking / notchy indicator switch after trying loads of other stuff.

    Tiz now my go to preventive problem spray  :001:

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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #15 on: Dec 05, 2023, 10.20 pm
    Dec 05, 2023, 10.20 pm
    *Originally Posted by felix [+]
    Never had a problem with frost / ice but my tank cap used to be a royal pain. Struggled to get the key in sometimes.

    Bought some of this stuff:




    Works a treat

    Replaced a sticking lock on my Givi top box (it seems to get covered in crud on a wet day) and use this on that too...  never had an issue

    Oh ... it also cured a sticking / notchy indicator switch after trying loads of other stuff.

    Tiz now my go to preventive problem spray  :001:

    Triflow is a good product. Been around in the USA for at least 40 years. Marketed to industrial and commercial customers mainly.

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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #16 on: Dec 06, 2023, 07.35 am
    Dec 06, 2023, 07.35 am
    I live at 69 deg N, so this used to be a very familiar problem back when cars didn't have remote controls. What we would do is we would use a lock spray that thaws the lock. And follow up with some lock oil, since the first spray would more or less remove any existing lubricant. Turtle Wax, among others, have these products.

    Also, we would make sure to carry the lock spray in a pocket instead of leaving it in the car. It would be readily available, and also a little warmer so it would work better.

    Today, I just push the button on my key. But I still have the two small spray cans on a shelf downstairs, just in case.

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    Re: Frozen Lock
    Reply #17 on: Dec 06, 2023, 07.47 pm
    Dec 06, 2023, 07.47 pm
    *Originally Posted by UncleGary [+]
    Look for dry lubes that have the active ingredient of PTFE. Those lubes don't get gummy or harbor water. Graphite is good but a bit messy in my opinion.
    yeah think I meant PTFE not silicon - was a long day  :034:

     



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