The devil is in the details – like getting the right lubrication for the job. The wrong lubricant can tank your entire mission. That’s why we recommend a PTFE lubricant in a solvent base for physical security assessments.
While WD-40 is extremely popular, it is suboptimal for our use case, as it is not a true lubricant; it is a water and oil displacing solvent. This means that it can actually remove any lube already in the lock, leaving it dry and susceptible to sticking. Graphite is messy and can clog lock cylinders when moisture enters. Wet lubricants are ideal but most are petroleum-based – and this introduces dirt and dust into clean environments.
A good PTFE lubricant will free up potentially stubborn locks for easy, quiet manipulation – spritz into sticky or old, dirty locks that have been outside. This lubricant can also be used with many tools in your kit (for sliding in and out of tight spots), or applied on stuck screws, hinges, frozen, or stubborn file cabinet sliders, and much more.