The most common belief is that WD-40 fixes everything. Well, almost. Regular WD-40 can be used for many purposes in relation to servicing and repairing a garage door. However it’s not the best lubricant to use altogether. WD-40 is Great to use in order to flush out screw drives, clean out old grease, loosening joints and hinges, removing dirt and residue, extricating stuck screws and bolts, and especially to prevent rust. Regular WD-40 is NOT A LUBRICANT, rather it cleans objects and leaves them dry- NOT lubricated. WD-40 provides water displacement, and is actually a DE-greaser.
Lubriplate White Lithium Grease
Lubriplate is best used for screw drive rails, rollers, plastic gears, and bearings. Lubriplate is a long lasting, thick lubricant that performs well in cold tempuratures, and works very well for specific garage door applications that involve friction.
3-in-One Garage Door Lube Silicone Spray
3-in-one garage door lube waterproofs, protects, lubricates, and preserves rubber, plastic, vinyl, leather, metal & wood. Silicone spray is a convenient aerosol applicant of silicon. It provides general purpose lubrication to eliminate squeaking. Other purposes include lubricating, protecting and cleaning everything from hinges, locks, cables, and torsion springs. It also helps prevent rust & corrosion. This silicon spray is highly effective at covering a wide range of issues that garage doors encounter over time. There are very few applications in which this lubricant is not usable.
So which Lubricant is Best?
The 3-in-One Garage Door Lube is the best overall garage door lubricant as far as an over the counter remedy. The truth is…to properly and professionally service and maintain a garage door opener system, you’re going to need all of these lubricants- and maybe more. Please be sure to do yourself a favor and do not over-grease or lubricate the tracks, as it can cause rollers to come dislodged, and tends to build up and cause a mess over time. Keep in mind that anything you spray will be hanging over your car when the door is in the up position. It is best to gently wipe excess lubricant from any parts on the door, run the garage door a few times, and wait a few hours before parking underneath them.
By Nick McGregor