Restore Your Antique And Old Locks
A lot of us still use old locks and that’s all and well. So why would someone replace a lock that is still in working order? They usually have their own vibe, unique aesthetic, which modern locks can only be jealous of. However, nothing can last forever, especially the stuff we use daily. Sometimes, using an old lock may mean walking on a wire. You never can tell when something might go wrong. Even if your antique or old-fashioned locks keep serving you faithfully, they can use some help to last even longer. Sure Lock & Key prepared some useful tips that will help you enjoy your antique locks as long as possible. Let’s dive in!
Restore The Antique Lock Yourself
- Remove the knob. The set screw is located at the base of the knob. To release the knob’s screw, use a screwdriver. Remove the knob from the spindle by turning it slightly. A spindle is a small rod that runs from one knob to the next.
- Remove this spindle. Then, pull the handle from the front of the door and free the spindle from the hole.
- Clean the lock face. Score the gap between the locking mechanism and the door with a knife or blade. This will help free the lock and remove paint that may have peeled off the wood when the lock is removed.
- Remove the lock case by unscrewing two screws in the lock face.
- Open the lock case. When unscrewing the lock case, be as careful as possible because some pieces may spring out.
- Take a picture of the lock mechanism before doing anything. Because it’s an old lock, it may be a one-of-a-kind piece, and you might not be able to find a scheme to reassemble it.
- Take apart the lock’s components. Press the deadbolt’s gate up to the top of the lock. The next step is to release the tension in the spring until the gate can be removed from the pin.
- Clean the lock face. Steel wool can be used to clean paint from the lock face.
- Restore the lock case and components. All of the parts should be cleaned and sprayed with penetrating oil.
- Polish the thumb latch. Also, polish each component with steel wool.
- Assemble the lock.
- Replace the latch spring. It is preferable to replace the latch spring, to keep the lock working securely. Sure Lock & Key locksmiths can assist you in finding the right one.
- Close the lock case. Using a screwdriver, hold the lock’s components in place. After you release the screwdriver, the latch should release.
- Before reinstalling the lock, make sure it works properly.
- Reinstall the lock. If the lock case doesn’t slide easily, you can use a rubber mallet.
Tips On Restoring Antique Finish On Door Locks
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