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    Default Problem with door hinges

    We have white painted interior woodwork and the hinges on our interior doors emit a black powder (could be graphite) that gets on the woodwork and is nearly impossible to clean up. I have a two part question:

    1) What causes the powder and how can we avoid it?

    2) What techniques can be used to clean up this powdery residue and not just smear it around?

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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    The powder could be graphite, though I suspect it's just hinge wear.

    Try a little bit of lighter fluid, the kind used in Zippo lighters, on a soft cloth and test in an inconspicuous place. If the debris comes off without any damage to the finish, then you're good to do all your hinges this way.


    Prevention ... Use a silicone lubricant on the hinge pin and fingers of the hinge. Lubrication will reduce/eliminate wear. Don't over lubricate or you will get drips and runs. A couple of drops is usually all it takes.
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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    If this problem reappears, you can replace the hinges.

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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    If this problem reappears, you can replace the hinges.
    Use ball bearing hinges. They will reduce the friction between the hinge knuckles.
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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    Today's article "10 uses for mayonnaise", number 6 says you can use mayonnaise to lubricate the hinge which reduces friction wearing away at the hinge causing the dust.

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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    I prefer PAM cooking spray to mayonnaise for hinges as it applies easier and the buttery smell is kindah nice.

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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler View Post
    I prefer PAM cooking spray to mayonnaise for hinges as it applies easier and the buttery smell is kindah nice.
    I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, or in this case, I Can't Believe It's Not WD-40 would work well too. Pretty much any type of food oil will work if you don't have any other lubricants available to you.
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    Hmmm ants come to mind with mayo
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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
    Hmmm ants come to mind with mayo
    Hey it came from a this old hohse article so it must work. Of course you would wipe off any residue.
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    Default Re: Problem with door hinges

    Why not use some OFF ! mosquito repellant? It has an oil base and keeps the bugs away.

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