I had a question today that I thought I would share the answer to. Well, my answer to the question. Maybe someone else out there has a better answer. A customer called wondering what to do about graphite dust that he is getting from some Penrod hinges that he has had for quite some time. We do not carry Penrod?door hinges at this time, but the issue with dust is a common one that occurs with probably most or all steel hinges on the market. The dust is caused from the wearing metal against metal surfaces. There really isn’t anything in particular that can be done to prevent it. It doesn’t happen on all doors, usually those that get the most traffic. You can remove the pins, clean the hinges and pins and lubricate them with some lithium grease or something, but really all that does is prevent?the dust?for a little while. WD40 will help the hinges operate smoother- short term, but I think it is more of a cleaner, not a longer term lubricator. It actually tends to attract dust too.
If you have this problem and it really drives you crazy, there are some sealed ball bearing hinges that you can get that shouldn’t have the problem. Unfortunatley, I told this customer we did not have them, but after doing a bit of research we do have them available and will hopefully be adding them to our website soon.