Best way to lubricate handcuffs?

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    Best way to lubricate handcuffs?

    I have a par of hinged ASP cuffs that have stiffened up somewhat. What is the best solution for my problem? Would just a can of WD-40 do the trick?

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    REM oil. SOAK EM!! Spray the pivot point on the cuff part, then, as you are putting lateral pressure on the two pieces....just rotate. You'll actually see the rusty colored oil coming out. Just wipe it and continue till its no longer rusty. Then, soak the ratchet part, as well as the lock where you put the key in. Run the cuffs in circles until they free up. Handcuffs are like AR15's.....you can never have too much oil in em!

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    Blow them out real good with an air gun first before doing anything else as they tend to collect dirt inside. If you are in a busy zone they will get used more often and stay freed up more. I like Gunscrubber to clean them after the pressurized air treatment. Minimal lubricant as it tends to hold dirt. I like Reel-X or T-9. I also wipe them off with a silicone gun and reel cloth regularly as I wear mine in a pull through case and they are more subject to the weather.
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    Doesn't WD-40 get all oer the fuzzy part of the cuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKinNY View Post
    Doesn't WD-40 get all oer the fuzzy part of the cuff?

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    ROFLMAO ! And yes it does that's why I said minimal lubrication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKinNY View Post
    Doesn't WD-40 get all oer the fuzzy part of the cuff?

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    I'm really not sure what WD-40 IS good for. I'm almost sure I'll never find out.

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    Silicone spray. Won't stain clothes. Works good on door locks too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    ROFLMAO ! And yes it does that's why I said minimal lubrication.

    You're both right. Regular cuffs use regular lube. Fuzzy cuffs should only be lubed with KY or similar...

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    The wife says canola oil...who am I to argue

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    I would spray them liberally with Break Free CLP then ratchet them through several times and also operate the key lock several times, then I'd spray them out with Gun Scrubber, then sparingly reapply Break Free CLP on the moving parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbum View Post
    The wife says canola oil...who am I to argue
    You all are so bad....... I like that.
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    I've always been told NOT to use any liquid lubricant on cuffs, because it attracts dirt and grime. Instead, I've always used graphite powder (usually available from any store that makes keys or sells locks). It is completely dry and doesn't attract goo. Silicone would be my next best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notez88 View Post
    I have a par of hinged ASP cuffs that have stiffened up somewhat. What is the best solution for my problem? Would just a can of WD-40 do the trick?
    K-Y IMHO. Your SO may want to join in ;)
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    I've always been told NOT to use any liquid lubricant on cuffs, because it attracts dirt and grime. Instead, I've always used graphite powder (usually available from any store that makes keys or sells locks). It is completely dry and doesn't attract goo. Silicone would be my next best bet.
    Same here. Graphite makes them buttery smooth, and no gooey mess.

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