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If you get the Rotopax mount, don't waste the extra money for the locking mount. I just got it to unlock after a week of spraying it with PB blaster. It unlocked finally against it's will, but I felt like I was going to break the key off inside it. It wasn't even installed for a month, and I just took it off two weeks ago. I like the can and mount, but the lock is cheap.
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To the contrary, I've been running one of these locks for years on my rotopax and have not had this issue. I hit it with wd-40 every 6 months or so.
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Maybe I just got a bad one or they switched to a cheaper lock supplier. I also live within a mile of saltwater, so it would probably hold up better further inland. Still sucks that it rusted so quickly.

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I also live within a mile of saltwater, so it would probably hold up better further inland. Still sucks that it rusted so quickly.
Just a random thought that might be helpful:
If you get the lock free-running again or get a new one, maybe shoot it full of motorcycle chain lube?

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I actually recommend using "Fluid Film". You can get it at Lowes. That stuff will protect anything.
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Just a random thought that might be helpful:
If you get the lock free-running again or get a new one, maybe shoot it full of motorcycle chain lube?
Hey Ex, don't want to fling any poo your way (because I will probably miss and step it in anyway when I bring you a beer) but most motorcycle and bicycle chain lube is pretty heavy stuff, not to mention tacky. Maybe too heavy for a lock?

When I worked on the line, we used a lot of dry graphite lube in lock cylinders. It comes in those semi rigid tubes and puffs out with a little air. It is very good but you do need to refresh it from time to time. Once every 30k service, for example, is probably not frequent enough.

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Haha yeah, I got to deal with all them blood sucking sand fleas, too!

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Just a random thought that might be helpful:
If you get the lock free-running again or get a new one, maybe shoot it full of motorcycle chain lube?
Yeah, I'll try cleaning it up and using some sort of lube to protect it when I get back to Beaufort. I got it off the day before I left for Yuma, so I didn't have a chance to look at it any. I was just glad I got it to unlock so the gas inside wouldn't go bad.

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I actually recommend using "Fluid Film". You can get it at Lowes. That stuff will protect anything.
Good call - quoted so it's in OP's face 1 more time

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. . . most motorcycle and bicycle chain lube is pretty heavy stuff, not to mention tacky. Maybe too heavy for a lock?

When I worked on the line, we used a lot of dry graphite lube in lock cylinders. It comes in those semi rigid tubes and puffs out with a little air. It is very good but you do need to refresh it from time to time. Once every 30k service, for example, is probably not frequent enough.
Only problem is: OP needs to completely seal out moisture (need a film of something), and graphite can actually add to galvanic corrosion headaches (if there's any stainless steel in the mix and saltwater is involved, you do not want graphite anywhere near it).

"Chain lube" is a pretty broad category. I use DuPont Chain Saver - after it flashes off, it leaves dry wax with Teflon.



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Yeah, I'll try cleaning it up and using some sort of lube to protect it when I get back to Beaufort. I got it off the day before I left for Yuma, so I didn't have a chance to look at it any. I was just glad I got it to unlock so the gas inside wouldn't go bad.
I think Jkhauler is on point with the Fluid Film recommendation.
Unless you have a favorite preservative, Fluid Film is a great starting point.

You want something that will form a protective film to deny the salt air access to the guts of the lock without making a sticky dirt magnet.
(Or pack the fawker with grease and tape over the key hole ).

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