All Day Locksmith Buffalo NY
Product Comparison Pros/Con take a lock that was rusted shut and have it working smoothly after a few minutes. My only complaint is the applicator. It currently only comes as a spray making it difficult to dispense small doses. I currently spray some into a left over Tri-Flow pen applicator which seems to work well.
Drys out, leaving lock in worse condition than when started
WD-40 is an acceptable backup when in a jam. I most often use it to simply displace water if a lock or mechanical part is physically wet. It is also a decent degreaser/cleaner to remove old gunk in a lock. However, I rarely leave this oil in the lock.
Readily available. Long life. Excellent for lubrication.
Does not attack existing corrosion or grease. Sticky
This is my back-up oil and is excellent for most situations. While Tri-Flow does not attack existing corrosion well, it does not dry out like WD-40 and is gentle on your lock. It also comes in a pen style applicator to allow you to insert a few drops right into the lock.
Can handle extreme cold
Does not handle humidity well. Makes a mess!
Florida is simply too humid for graphite. It quickly begins to stick together and becomes gummy as it attracts the moisture from the air. It may be viable in a different environment, but I spend far too much time fixing locks that are gunked up with graphite to recommend for SW Florida.
Drys out. Leaves thick residue that attracts dirt.
While I like the precision application, the oil is simply too thick and leaves a residue that dries out quickly. I am sure this oil has a correct application, but locks are not one of them.
Does not dry out. Very good at extreme temperatures.
Does not attack existing corrosion.
Silicone sprays (there are several generic brands) are best used in extreme heat or cold conditions.
Cleans rust and corrosion as well as lubricates. Can be used on electric locks.
Requires ventilation. Not readily available.
Houdini is by far my favorite oil. I have seen it take a lock that was rusted shut and have it working smoothly after a few minutes. My only complaint is the applicator. It currently only comes as a spray making it difficult to dispense small doses. I currently spray some into a left over Tri-Flow pen applicator which seems to work well.