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Old 12-11-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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AWNING - What's the best lubricant?

Hi, good people!

Our awning has begun making a "stuttering" sound when retracted. We tried WD40 on the hinges, and it made little difference.

Any advice would be appreciated..thanks!
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If it is a manual awning, try loosening the knobs and lubricating the inside of the tracks. I found this stuff called jig-a-loo that dries and does not leave any stains.
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Your very BEST silicone lubricant that you can use for a variety of things and places including the lubrication of your exhaust brake is called Tri-Flow. It comes in a variety of spray sizes and also a small drip bottle.

You can find it at most hardware stores like Ace, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.

If it isn't found locally, then you can also order various sizes on Amazon.

Amazon.com: Tri-Flow Superior Lubricant - 4oz Aerosol: Automotive

I only use WD-40 as a water displacement tool. It makes a terrible lubricant.

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It's motorized - will jig-a-loo work?
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Thanks so much. We are finding out that WD40 is a terrible lubricant. We'll try your suggestions.
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WD-40 is NOT a lubricant. The WD stands for water dispersant. it has a lot of solvent in it and will often wash some lubricant into a bearing area. Look at the parts store for LPS. I don't remember which one is a lubricant...just read the labels.

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Yes jig-a-loo will work. You can find it at home depot. Tri-flow and lps are also fine lubricants. For those of you that don't know, the solvents in wd-40 make it a good cleaner in some situations. It will remove black marks from coolers and many other stains on hard surfaces that you are having a hard time with. Jig-a-loo is very good for hinges ect. if it drips lets say on white wood work and other things it will not stain. I found it to be very good for getting rid of squeaks in and around a MH.
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Try a silicone spray or a dry lube.
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Try a silicone spray or a dry lube.


I like Turtle Wax brand aerosol silicone spray. The solvent carrier evaporates completely leaving no stain. I use this product for electrical, mechanical and in and around water fittings and valves.

Careful around brakes and on seats...you brakes will not stop and you'll slide right off your seat.

There is risk of fall if you get it on the floor.
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Thanks so much. We are finding out that WD40 is a terrible lubricant. We'll try your suggestions.
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You're right.

WD40 is Stoddard solvent not Stoddard lubricant. It will help free some parts and is useful as a cleaner/solvent but there are much better lubricants.
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