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Cleaner and lubricant? Select one each.

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I’m curious what others are using/doing to clean and lube your key lock cylinders.

What is your product(s) of choice to clean and lube a key lock cylinder?
What made you decide on these products?
What method do you use to clean and lube the key lock cylinder?

I’ll add additional entries to the poll if your product of choice isn’t listed.
 

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When we had our key cut at the locksmith he highly recommended using Tri-Flow superior lubricant to clean out and lube the lock cylinder. I put the lubricant lengthwise on the key, insert key, remove key, wipe off, reapply lubricant to key, and repeat until it comes out clean. Then I do the same on the opposite side of the key.

I used to use liquid graphite on the house door locks, but that only lasted a few months before another application was required. With the Tri-Flow the interval has been well over a year before another dose is needed.
 

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I voted for silicone lubricant spray, because I trust it not to erode parts and/or gunk up compared to graphite over the long run, from what I've read recently, and because so far I've been too cheap / lazy to try Tri-Flo. :)
 

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I just dip the tip of the door key/ignition key into clean motor oil the car uses, then slowly insert the key in the lock, and wiggle a little, to distribute the oil.

The climate is mild where I live, so only have to do so every few years, if the lock feels "dry" and not smooth.

I do the same for my house's door locks. works for me!
 

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Based on the number of locked up ignition cylinders I replace with various liquids dripping out of them, seems like no lube is the best :LOL:
 
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