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When I revarnished my cockpit table, I polished the hinges with compound and a buffing machine. Now one side of the hinge is really stubborn to the point its stressing the wood its screwed into.. weirdly it's the same on both sides. I tried pb blaster and just working the hinge back and forth but still not loosening. I think it wasnt this bad before I polished it. I'm thinking of soaking in acetone or something to maybe clear out any residual polishing compound (although none is visable). What say you?!
 

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It's corrosion and crap causing lots of friction in the pin and knuckle. This hinge has two pins and 3 parts... the knuckle is supposed to move. If you can remove the pins and clean out the hole. I suspect that one hole is meant to me tight on the "leaves"attached to the wood and the knuckle is loose. The pin could simply slide out. So it's MEANT to be tight in the leaves. Your knuckle is the problem. I don't think you can knock out the pin and then expect it to work again (stay in).

Can you soak them in Kerosene and WB40 for a year? I gave up and replaced them.
 
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