To keep your garage door operating smoothly, you should apply a light coating of lubricant to metal garage door parts like springs and hinges a few times a year. This little step can save you hundreds of dollars in garage door repairs by helping to prevent rust build-up and other problems. But how often you lubricate your garage door isn’t the only thing that’s important – what you use to lubricate it also matters.
Most homeowners mistakenly rely on the universal WD-40 to lubricate their garage. Unfortunately, WD-40 is one of the worst things you could apply to your door. WD-40 is a solvent that strips away rust, dirt, grime, and lubrication. If you need to clean a metal part, WD-40 works great. However, you will need to apply a lubricant after using WD-40 otherwise you’ll be left with metal-on-metal contact that could wear out your garage door parts quickly.
Here at Sac’s Garage Door Repair Company, we recommend using one of the following: white lithium grease or silicone spray. Both lubricants are well-suited for use on garage door springs, hinges, and other metal parts. Be sure to only apply a light coating of lubricant, as excess could lead to a build-up of grime which will seize up your parts.