Why You Should Think Twice About Using WD-40 On Your Garage

Wooden garage door

Wasn’t that work toll enough on nerves? Your garage door is screeching on top of its lungs, when you open it and that is exactly when you want to end your life. Here is the solution to problem. Lubricate.
Get in the garage. Look around what is the first lubricate your eyes get in contact with? WD40! Ta-daa Life saver! Open the can spray it all over the springs, hinges, everywhere… NOT!

Why does your door need lubrication?

The bearings and springs come lubricated initially with passage of time and weather wearing and withering the layer of lubrication tends to get off and eventually dries. Several parts of your garage door require frequent lubricating because your garage door is one of the biggest moving parts on your home. The springs, rollers, tracks and hinges all need some attention once every few months to keep the garage door functioning smoothly. Your lubrication process will vary depending on your door’s configuration.

These parts of your door require proper lubrication for proper working.

  • Tracks

  • Springs

  • Hinges

  • Rollers

  • Locks

What is WD-40?

WD 40 is abbreviated from the term ‘Water Displacement, 40th formula’. It serves as penetrating oil and water-displacing spray. WD-40 is not a long term lubricant. It is a short term lubricant, cleaner and rust preventative.
You may use WD 40 to remove tar off your hands. It is recommended to use WD-40 to remove Crayola marks from a variety of surfaces. It works very well for this application and it has much other variety of uses.

Why You DON’T Use WD40 On Your Garage Door?

When used on a garage door, WD-40 will strip the oil from metal components, therefore removing any lubrication. You now end up with metal on metal with no lubricating oil to reduce friction and quiet down the door. This is why the garage door will actually get louder over time after applying WD-40 to all moving parts.

WD – 40 – A Perfect Cleaner

Even it is not recommended to use WD-40 to lubricate your garage door one use it to clean the garage door tracks. It works well at removing any grease or debris that has built up over time. Brake cleaners also work well for this task as well.

What to Use?

Instead of WD-40, choose a silicone spray or white lithium grease to lubricate those moving parts. Aerosols are especially well-suited for injection into small moving parts, and these materials won’t attract dust or won’t even gum up like mechanic’s grease or engine oil. Remember with the use of right lubricants, you may find your garage door working far better and giving an efficient performance.

3 in 1 Garage door Lubricant

  • High-Performance lubrication

  • Quick drying, no mess formula

  • Prevents rust & corrosion

  • Features a smart straw nozzle that can spray a stream or wider spray

Blaster Garage Door Spray Lube

  • Silicone-zinc based formula leaves a tack free film that won’t collect dirt

  • Sprays on clear

  • Protects against rust

  • Non conductive

  • Water repellant

White Lithium Grease **OUR CHOICE**

  • Zinc added for white color. When grease comes out dark you know to apply more.

  • The zinc also helps you ensure you’re applying the right amount of grease.

  • Perfect for all garage components.

  • Used commonly on wheel bearings, chassis, and heavy equipment.

  • TL;DR

    At the end of the day, the problem with using WD-40 and other oil based lubricants is that they’re de-greasers, which means they are actually not helping to maintain your garage. As opposed to having WD-40 and such, most garage door professionals defer to using white lithium spray. This is actually a grease that will stick inside your bearings for proper lubricant. Like we mentioned above, since Zinc has been added for color, you will know exactly when it’s time again to lubricate.

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