Have you ever wondered what PTFE spray is actually used for? Well, this blog outlines the various uses of PTFE lubricant such as for machinery, 3D printing rails, chains, hinges and more. It will also describe the properties that make it suitable for these applications.
Some of the most common reasons to use PTFE lubricant are when:
- You have small parts you want to protect form grease or oil that will attract dust
- You have surfaces that are exposed to high heat or pressure that may oxidise oil
- You need to keep surrounding surfaces clean
A time when PTFE lubricant is not appropriate is if your surfaces are exposed to any solvents or liquids that can wash it away.
PTFE lubricant is made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is a versatile material with a wide variety of uses. However, the chemical is most widely known for its non-stick properties and reducing friction between surfaces when they come into contact.
Below is a list of some of the most common uses of PTFE spray today.
PTFE lubricant spray is often used on nuts, bolts, and washers to protect them from exposure to things such as oil and seawater. The non-stick characteristics of PTFE lubricant also allow for easy tightening and loosening of fasteners, meaning less elbow grease required!
Chains require seamless movement to ensure that machinery stays in motion, and PTFE lubricant spray is often used for this reason. PTFE spray’s lubricative properties mean that it can be applied to improve the performance of chains and cables by reducing friction.
For squeaky or stiff hinges, PTFE lubricant can serve four purposes. These are lubrication, waterproofing, protection, and preservation. The PTFE chemical can ensure long term benefits by reducing the need for constant application.
Rails and runners
The PTFE molecules in this lubricant spray prevent rust and wear from friction. This makes it perfect for use on runners for that stuck drawer that causes you frustration every time you try to open it. A more technical use of PTFE lubricant is on runners for machinery such as 3D printers, as it lowers friction and improves wear rates, ensuring the printer runs smoothly and efficiently.
If you want to know more about how to use PTFE lubricant and other masking products, get in touch with Hi-Tek Products. We stock a range of products for all your masking needs, including plugs, tape, PTFE and film lubricant, and more! For more metal masking advice contact us on 01202 661 300 today or take a look at our blog.