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ProShooter, Firearms Instructor
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I need to lubricate the combination lock on my 1.5 cubic

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I need to lubricate the combination lock on my 1.5 cubic foot Sentry safe. It is about 25 years old, located in a damp area and never been lubricated. It is working well at this time but is built into a cabinet and could be costly to open if the lock sticks.
Is sticking a problem that I need to worry about?
What materials should I use to clean and lubricate the lock?
Is it a difficult and costly problem to open a safe that won't open?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon. My name is***** model of Sentry safe do you have?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1380
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Ok, give me a moment to look up that model so that I know what we're talking about

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Ok, I saw the model and here is what I would suggest...

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

First, get some dessicant packs for the inside of the safe to dry out any moisture.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Then, get a can of compressed air at a store like Staples. Also, a can of WD-40 from a hardware store.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Spray the compressed air with the small straw attachment behind the dial on the lock, and rotate the dial. This will blow out any old lubricant or dust. Then, spray some WD-40 in using a small straw, and turn the lock dial. Get a decent amount of WD-40 in there, but not an excessive amount. Keep turning the dial for a bit so that the WD-40 makes it way into the dial. I think then you'll be good to go.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Any questions?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Unsatisfactory response - My research shows that WD40 actually gums up the tumblers. Sorry I asked.
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

WD-40 is an all purpose lubricant that has been used for years on safes

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Where did you get that info from?

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Hello?