For my awning arms, I use a clear graphite spray. It dries right away, allowing smooth operation, and does not attract dirt.
I do use a lithium grease for hinges though.
2017 Escape 5.0 TA (someday soon, I hope
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
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