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Old 01-16-2015, 08:00 PM   #1
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Smile Tambour doors

After over a year of fighting with my overhead cabinets sticking, I found a really simple solution. I thought I was going to have to take them all apart and rewind them or whatever it would take to make them slide freely. Before going to that trouble, I figured, what the heck, they are made of a plastic material. I just carefully sprayed wd40 along where they slide. Then, carefully wiped off any excess oil so it wouldn't drip on my upholstery. After a couple of tugs up and down, they work beautifully. I did the same on they cabinet door below the galley sink.
Just figured I'd pass this on to all. ffrick
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:02 PM   #2
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Don't get me wrong WD40 is great stuff but the smell can be a bit much especially if you're doing a lot of doors and its summer. If you don't want the smell but want the same lubricancy, try PAM or any aerosol cooking spray. If you like the smell of butter, there are butter flavoured ones too. I use PAM on my snowblower chute and any moving parts for the cold as PAM won't freeze.

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Old 01-17-2015, 08:22 AM   #3
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I think I would try a silicone spray lube before using some sort of organic oil spray.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:07 PM   #4
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Yes, I agree that you could use pretty much any lubricant that suits your fancy. I was just so happy to discover that it wasn't a mechanical issue with the 38 year old cabinets. Thanks for the input. ffrick
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I think I would try a silicone spray lube before using some sort of organic oil spray.
I totally agree with you on this.

In fact, I find that silicon spray is a great friend for loosening things up on our Airstreams. The main door (on the rubber gasket) the windows' gaskets too, and even the striker pocket on the door. It lubricates, but leaves no greasy residue, nor does it get sticky with age.
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What's that spray lubricant that smells like bananas? It works pretty good, also.
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Don't get me wrong WD40 is great stuff but the smell can be a bit much especially if you're doing a lot of doors and its summer. If you don't want the smell but want the same lubricancy, try PAM or any aerosol cooking spray. If you like the smell of butter, there are butter flavoured ones too. I use PAM on my snowblower chute and any moving parts for the cold as PAM won't freeze.

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Pam is great on snow blowers if used on the chute snow doen't stick and blows the snow further ( that wet sticky snow) I also use it in my tractor bucket so the snow doesn't stick to the bucket when dumping it .

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I think I would try a silicone spray lube before using some sort of organic oil spray.
Be careful silicone spray does destroy some plastics! So I wouldn't use it on the tambour doors in my airstream

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I too use silicone spray on my 2008 SS tambour doors
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:13 AM   #10
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The tamb. under sink only open part way, no amount of effort will not open further, can not reach behind to check if some thing in can it rolls into as it's enclosed except where tamb. goes into it. All other tamb. used wd 40 they roll fine, used wd 40 under sink no go, as stated before. Any ideas?
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It's often dirt in the track that allows them to bind up. Try cleaning the track with just warm water with a dab or tow of dish detergent in it.
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You want food grade Silicone Spray. The stuff at the auto parts store will have the same solvents that WD40 has.

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Have you tried lifting up on the front edge of the kitchen tambour as you try to open it? Sometimes they bind in the bottom track and lifting relieves the bind enough to get it to move. The tambours I have seen seemed to have a fair amount of slack between the top and bottom tracks so the tambour can be moved up and down. Opening and closing the tambour tends to load trash into the lower track and compact it. If you get the door to open, disassemble it and clean the track.
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If you use cooking type oils they will eventually harden and turn to gum and get sticky which is really going to make your life difficult. Silicone leaves every little residue compared to other lubricants.

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