If you’re fed up of garage doors that squeak, squeal, and don’t open smoothly – you’re not alone! Few things are more annoying than being unable to leave your own home without noise and hassle. But happily, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Apply the right lubricant to your garage door, and the problem is fixed. What’s more, it will extend the life of your door’s moving parts. But how do you know which lubricant is best for the job?
We’re going to help you answer that question! Read on for our guide to the seven best garage door lubricants on the market right now …
1. WD-40 300240 Specialist White Lithium Grease Spray
WD-40 is the king of household and automotive lubricants. Their specialist white lithium grease spray is designed to work in areas where metals are rubbing against each other. That makes it an ideal choice for use on garage doors.
It comes in a can with a long nozzle that makes it easy to direct the spray. And there’s a redesigned spray head that means you won’t have to fiddle around attaching a plastic wand.
Instead, you simply push the straw up until you feel some resistance. Then give it another push and it will snap into position. The fine spray will flow smoothly through the hose. And you’ll be able to apply it to hard-to-reach areas from a distance.
It goes on as a liquid but quickly sets to leave an even coat of thick grease. It works brilliantly on hinges, gears, tracks, pulleys – anywhere where metal parts come into contact with each other. The mechanisms will keep moving smoothly, and annoying squeaks will be a thing of the past.
And it’s just as good in other locations as it is on garage doors. If you’re storing metal equipment for the winter, give it a quick spray before you put it away. It will keep all the parts in great condition.
But don’t get trigger happy! You’ll want to confine the spray to metal components. Keep it away from anything that’s made of rubber. This is powerful stuff, and it can eat right through rubber or vinyl parts.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, that power comes with a strong smell. Although this meets regulations for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in most places, there are fumes. And they’re pretty pungent.
Make sure you read the directions carefully before use, and keep the area well ventilated as you apply it. Keep pets and small children out of the way until the fumes have dissipated. In most conditions, that will take a few hours.
Overall, this is a very effective product that does exactly what it promises. Just keep it away from rubber components, and avoid inhaling the fumes.
The second product from WD-40 to make our list, this silicone spray is safe to use on multiple different surfaces. You won’t have to worry about keeping it away from any plastic or rubber components. And it won’t leave behind any messy residue.
In this case, the spray coats your garage door parts with silicone. It dries to a hard film that will reduce friction between moving parts. It’s water resistant too, so it’s a great way of protecting against corrosion for components exposed to the elements.
It’s clear and stain resistant – so if you’re spraying it on visible parts, it’s a good choice. And it will work brilliantly on the cables, pulleys and hinges of your garage door.
The consistency here is thinner than some sprays, which may put some people off. But it does the job well and will keep things moving smoothly for weeks, even for mechanisms with heavy use.
It’s applied with a “smart straw” that allows you to select different spray settings. There’s a choice of a focused stream or a wider fan-type spray. Just be aware that the spray does come out pretty fast. Make sure you’re prepared before you press the trigger, or it’s easy to waste some of it.
The major advantage of this lubricant is its versatility. It’s great for garage doors, but it’s not restricted to use on metal surfaces. That means you’ll be able to use it in loads of other places too. If you’ve got stiff or sticky vinyl doors or windows, for example, it will sort them out in no time.
And while there is an odor, it’s considerably less strong than some other options. You should still use it in a well-ventilated area, but the fumes will disperse in around 10 to 15 minutes. The exact time will depend on local conditions.
That means it can also be used inside cars, and you won’t need to wait for hours before driving again. If you’ve got sticky clutch pedal, a quick spray will sort it out. It’s also suitable for fixing squeaking hinges on interior doors.
Can be used on multiple surfaces, including rubber and vinyl
Choice of stream or fan spray settings
Thinner consistency than some other sprays
The spray comes out of the can pretty fast – be prepared in order to avoid waste.
Blaster’s garage door lubricant is another one that’s silicone-based. The active ingredient is the Teflon fluoropolymer, which will keep components gliding smoothly over one another, reducing wear and tear.
The neat, smooth surface won’t attract dust either. That means that, once sprayed, parts will stay looking good for longer. And you’ll spend less time on routine maintenance.
This is a particularly good choice to get rid of annoying squeaks when you open or close your garage door. Spray it on the track or chain drive, hinges, or cables, and you’ll find everything works far more peacefully.
It can also be used in place of grease in some applications, offering a less messy solution.
One thing to bear in mind, though, is that this is thinner than some sprays. That does mean that it’s easier to get right into tight spaces. But be prepared for some drips. It’s a good idea to put down cardboard to catch them before you start spraying.
And give yourself a few hours after application before opening your garage door. Do it too soon and you may find the lubricant drips onto your vehicle as you drive underneath!
The drip issue means this isn’t the best option if you’re looking for a spray to use indoors as well. On the plus side, the odor here is pretty mild compared to other lubricants on the market.
The can should come with a straw to direct the spray. We have, however, heard of a number of cases where the straw has been missing. If you’re buying in-store, check that everything is present and correct before you add it to your basket.
If you find your can doesn’t have a straw, though, don’t despair. It can be used without one – you’ll just need to take a little more care when you spray.
Excellent at eliminating squeaks from moving parts
Has a tendency to drip
Can be hit-and-miss whether you get a straw with your can.
3-in-one’s lubricant is designed to be effective on either domestic or commercial garage doors. Apply it regularly and it will take care of any issues with squeaks and squeals. And because it’s silicone based, it will help prevent corrosion too. That can mean big savings in the medium term.
It’s applied as a spray, with a long straw nozzle helping you to direct it accurately. The straw is held securely and permanently in the spray cap. If you’ve ever lost the straw from your spray can after the first use, you’ll appreciate this design!
We have, though, heard of one or two instances where the nozzle has been damaged. Take care to inspect your can before you start using it, or you may end up with a mess.
This is another spray that’s fairly thin. It’s great for getting into tiny nooks and crannies, but less good at lubricating heavier moving parts.
You won’t need to worry about it damaging rubber seals. In fact, if you have these on your garage door, it will lubricate them very effectively. But it’s not the best option for the track rollers or hinges. The thin layer of lubricant will work on heavy wear areas like this for only a few days.
If you keep applying it frequently, of course, that will be fine. But you will find you use it up quickly, making it a more expensive option than a thicker product.
The good news is that it won’t attract dust or dirt the way some lubricants can. If you’re fed up with mechanisms being covered in a layer of fuzz after lubrication, this one is worth considering.
The fumes aren’t excessive either. The odor will dissipate pretty quickly, so it’s possible to use it indoors as well as out. And while it’s thin, the effective nozzle application is good at preventing drips. Choose between spraying it either as a steady stream or in a fan shape.
Silicone base will help prevent corrosion as well as reducing squeaks
If you’re looking for a lubricant suitable for areas of heavy wear, CRC’s white lithium grease is worth considering.
The trade-off is that this is an option that’s suitable only for metal-to-metal contact areas. If you’re looking for an option to lubricate a belt drive, this won’t be it. It will break down the rubber components and you’ll be looking for a new drive.
But if you need a lubricant for metal chains or hinges, it’s a great option. It will also work very well on garage door rollers. If you’ve got problems with your door jerking as it opens or closes, this is well worth a try. And it’s equally good at cutting down noise from squeaky mechanisms.
It dries white, rather than clear. One thing to watch out for is that it comes out of the can quickly. And if it gets onto a fabric or other non-metal surface, you may find it stains that white too.
A good tip is to leave an inch or so between the nozzle and your target. That will reduce the risk of it splashing the surrounding area.
This is a lubricant that works just as well at all temperatures. If you live in an area that experiences hard winters or hot summers, it’s a good choice.
There aren’t noxious fumes to worry about here either. There is a greasy odor, but it’s not particularly strong.
And it’s long-lasting too. The precise length of time between applications will, of course, vary with how often you use your garage door. But in most cases, you should expect to be able to go for several months before you need to reapply.
Provides long-lasting lubrication for metal-to-metal applications
Great at cutting down noise from squeaking chains or hinges
No noxious fumes
Not suitable for non-metal components
Can stain surrounding areas white, so use with care.
Genie’s lubricant is designed specifically for Genie garage door openers with screw drives. In fact, it’s the only product Genie recommends. If that’s what you need, it’s perfect. But if you want a multipurpose lubricant, or to lubricate other garage door components, look elsewhere.
It’s a lithium grease, and comes in a tube with a nozzle for precise application. Each tube is very small, containing just 0.25 fluid ounces. That’s enough to lubricate one screw drive opener rail.
The tubes are sold in packs of three, giving you enough for three separate applications. And although it might not sound like a lot, you may be surprised at how long it lasts. Each application will keep your garage door opener working smoothly for a whole year.
If you’ve got old grease on your screw drive, you’ll need to remove it first. Using a solvent is very effective. This is the messiest part of the process, but it’s worth it for good results.
With the old grease gone, apply a dab of lubricant at three regular points along the screw drive opener rail. Each dab should be about an inch long.
Pop on a pair of rubber gloves and smooth the lubricant down the length of the rail. Alternatively, you can open and close the door a few times and let the trolley do the spreading for you. Either way, the whole process is very quick and easy.
The results are impressive too. Squeaks, creaks and squeals will be history. And you can expect your garage door opener to keep working effectively for far longer.
In short, if you need to lubricate your Genie screw drive, this is the product for you. For anything else, choose an option with a wider variety of uses.
Lubriplate Aero is the second lubricant on our list that’s designed specifically for garage door openers. In this case, the target market is owners of Chamberlain products, although it will work with other brands too.
The base here is neutral lithium combined with mineral oil. The composition means that it will stay flexible in temperatures as low as minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re looking for a lubricant that can cope with severe winters, this may be one for your shortlist.
It’s sold in single tubes containing 1.75 ounces. It’s white as it goes on, and it stays that color. And there’s no unpleasant odor to worry about.
The application is pretty straightforward. The only niggles are with the design of the tube. The nozzle is pretty short, so it’s not as easy as it could be to get into tighter spaces.
And once the lubricant has been used from the bottom of the tube, the tube retains its shape. That means you can’t roll it up as it’s used. It’s not a big deal, but it would be easier to squeeze out the grease evenly with a roll-able tube. On the plus side, the bead is small and easy to control.
Once in place, the lubricant will help your garage door start up with low torque. And it will help your opener resist rust and corrosion. If you get any of it on rubber or plastic components, don’t worry. It won’t damage them.
Works effectively even in extreme temperatures
Cuts out noise from moving parts
Resists rust and corrosion
The nozzle isn’t as narrow as we’d like
If the tube could be rolled up, it would be easier to apply evenly.
If you’ve read through our reviews but aren’t sure which is the right lubricant for your garage door, don’t worry! Take a look at the questions below. They’ll help you narrow down the options for your circumstances.
What do you need to lubricate?
You want to lubricate your garage door – but which parts in particular?
If you need something heavy duty to coat metal surfaces, a lithium-based grease is a good bet. It will provide a thick coat that will stand up to wear and tear.
But if you want to lubricate rubber seals, silicone-based lubricants will be safer. Heavier duty lithium and grease options may even wear through rubber or vinyl.
Before you buy any product, check what surfaces it’s suitable for. And if necessary, protect surrounding areas when you apply it.
And if you’re looking for a lubricant for a garage door opener, you may need something different again. Make sure you match the type of mechanism to the lubricant. Lubricants that are suitable for screw drives won’t always work for chain drive openers.
Check out the application method
Think about how you’re going to apply the lubricant, and where it needs to go.
Are there any nooks and crannies where you’ll struggle to apply a thicker substance? Are you able to reach all the components by hand, or do you need the extra reach of a spray?
Spray cans with straws will help you direct the lubricant more precisely. And if the product is in a tube, check how wide the nozzle is. Will you be able to fit it into any narrow spaces?
Some lubricants will work less well outside a particular temperature range. They may become stiff and lose their ability to absorb friction. If you live somewhere that experiences very cold winters or hot summers, choose a lubricant that will cope.
And bear in mind that some products can cause staining. Lithium grease can leave behind white marks, while thin silicone sprays may drip onto walls or floors.
Consider protecting surrounding areas before you apply the lubricant. Flattened cardboard boxes work well for this.
And don’t forget to check the instructions carefully too. Many lubricants can give off toxic fumes. If that’s the case for the one you’ve chosen, you’ll need to keep the area well-ventilated during use. And make sure you leave enough time for fumes to dissipate afterwards.
Time to get rid of those squeaks!
That brings us to the end of our review of seven of the best garage door lubricants out there. We hope it’s helped you focus your search.
Our top pick is WD-40’s Specialist Silicone Spray. It’s flexible enough to be used on multiple surfaces, and you won’t have to worry about damage to rubber seals. And it’s water and stain resistant too.
But however you choose to lubricate your garage door, you’ll be protecting the components for a longer life. And best of all, you’ll be able to say goodbye to those annoying squeaks!