FAQS

What is Super Lube®?

Super Lube® is a patented, multi-purpose synthetic lubricant, containing Syncolon® (PTFE) particles held in suspension. Super Lube® lasts longer and outperforms conventional petroleum-based greases and oils. It comes in Grease, Oil, Penetrant, Aerosol and Specialty forms.

What is Syncolon® (PTFE)?

Prounounced: SIN-coh-luhn

Syncolon® is our branded Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Super Lube® is enhanced with Syncolon® (PTFE), which is one of the most slippery materials known to science today.

All surfaces have microscopic irregularities, which create friction when rubbed against each other. The introduction of Syncolon® into these irregularities smoothes out the surfaces and offers a long-term solid lubricating compound which enhances the base oil, reducing the wear and sticking that friction causes.

The micron-sized particles of Syncolon® in Super Lube® are carried to these surface irregularities by the base lubricant and are ironed into place by the action of the two moving surfaces. A proprietary process keeps the Syncolon® particles dispersed in the base lubricant assuring a continual replenishment of Syncolon® to the surface irregularities.

How does the chemistry of Super Lube® differ from conventional petroleum based greases and mineral oils?

Super Lube® Grease and Oils are exceptionally pure lubricants because they are synthetic. This gives Super Lube® very stable and predictable chemical properties. Petroleum-based machine and gear oils are made from refined crude oil and contain impurities, which cannot be removed. These impurities interfere with film strength and wear protection. They also form deposits at high temperatures and solidify at low temperatures. The synthetic properties of Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Greases and Oils provide predictable viscosity and reliable film strength to reduce wear between moving parts. The addition of Syncolon® (PTFE) adds additional protection in the form of a long lasting solid lubricant.

How does Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Lubricant Aerosol compare to aerosol lubricants like WD-40?

Aerosols such as WD-40 sprays do not have anti-friction properties. Squeaks are only temporarily stopped because the spray wets the surface and then quickly evaporates. These sprays are good for releasing frozen nuts and bolts, but not for lubricating. Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Lubricant Aerosol is a fully rated bearing grease, thinned temporarily with a solvent carrier that cleans and penetrates, completely evaporates, and leaves behind a coating of grease that provides long lasting lubrication and corrosion protection. Super Lube® in the aerosol form is an excellent chain and open gear lubricant. It will also release frozen nuts and bolts.

How does Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Lubricant Aerosol compare to silicone aerosol lubricants?

Airborne silicone particles from silicone aerosol lubricants will leave deposits of silicone on shop surfaces. Because this can interfere with shop painting operations, some plants will not allow the use of silicone lubricants. Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Lubricant Aerosol contains no silicone. In addition, it will not wash away as readily as silicone spray lubricants.

Super Lube® comes in grease and oil form. Which should I use?

The best lubrication takes place when a part can actually be bathed in the lubricant. In these applications, Super Lube® Oils should be used depending upon the viscosity requirements. Super Lube® Greases should be used in applications that do not allow the parts to be bathed in oil. Super Lube® Aerosol formulation is ideal for open gears, chains and sprockets.

Why is viscosity so important to lubricating oils?

Viscosity, or the thickness of the oil, is important because it determines the lubricant's film strength and efficiency in preventing friction between moving parts. Thick oil has a high viscosity, and thin oil has a low viscosity. If oil is too thick for the operating conditions, the machine must work harder, thus generating heat and using more energy. If a lubricant is too thin, the film may not be thick enough to prevent friction.

How does temperature affect the viscosity of Super Lube®?

Super Lube®, because it is synthetic, delivers minimum viscosity variation with temperature change. Unlike petroleum based oils, different weight oils are not needed to allow for temperature induced viscosity changes. The right viscosity is used from the start so the machine runs efficiently.

How does operating speeds affect the viscosity of Super Lube®?

In general, thick oils are best for slow operating speeds and thin oils for high-speed applications. Super Lube® is a thixotropic material. This means it will thin at the point of shear as operating speeds increase in order to maintain the most effective and efficient film thickness and then return to its original viscosity as the operating speeds are reduced.

Is Super Lube® safe to use?

Super Lube® is a non-hazardous, food grade lubricant that is environmentally friendly and safe to use. Some products contain “Warnings” pertaining to the packaging of the product; these are required in order to meet universal government standards. Common sense application procedures should be followed to reduce the likelihood of exposure. Refer to the product Safety Data Sheet for more details.

Is there any silicone in Super Lube®?

There is no silicone in Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease with Syncolon® (PTFE), Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Oils, Super Lube® Synthetic Gear Oils, and many other Super Lube® products.

It is safe for use in paint spraying and finishing operations.

Note: Some Super Lube® products do contain silicone, and is reflected in the product name.

Can Super Lube® be used as a motor oil?

Super Lube® Engine Treatment with Syncolon® (PTFE) can be used to enhance the operating temperature range and lubricity of motor oil by adding one part Super Lube® Engine Treatment to every four parts motor oil. Super Lube® Oil with Syncolon® should not be used as a 100% replacement for motor oil, because it does not contain the necessary additives for automotive engine applications.

Can Super Lube® be used as a valve lubricant and sealant?

Yes, Super Lube® Silicone Dielectric Grease and Super Lube® Silicone Lubricating Grease with Syncolon® (PTFE) provide a non-curing moisture barrier for valve sealing and lubricating. These can be used on valves in swimming pools and other applications where there is contact with chlorine water, and it can be used in potable water applications.

What can I use to lubricate an O-ring?

Super Lube® O-Ring Silicone Grease is an excellent lubricant that prevents wear between metal, plastic, and rubber parts. See Compatibility Chart for details.

Can Super Lube® be used as a dielectric grease?

Yes, Super Lube® Greases and Oils have good electrical insulating properties and will protect electrical and electronic equipment.

Can Super Lube® be used as a heat transfer lubricant?

Yes, Super Lube® is thermally conductive. Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Oil with Syncolon® (PTFE), Super Lube® Synthetic Lightweight Oil and Super Lube® Extra Lightweight Oil are good for use in heat transfer circulating systems and do not contain detergents that cause foaming and oil carryover. Super Lube® Silicone Heat Sink Compound is formulated specifically as a heat transfer material for electrical and electronic circuits.

Can Super Lube® be used as a protective coating?

Yes, parts and equipment coated with Super Lube® will be protected from moisture and corrosion. Super Lube® contains both anti-oxidants and rust inhibitors. You can also use Super Lube® Anti-Corrosion & Connector Gel to protect electrical plugs and disconnects.

In what applications should Super Lube® not be used?

Extreme High Temperature: When temperatures exceed 600°F, very little base fluid oils remain to provide required lubrication. Solid additives such as lead, aluminum, copper or molybdenum are utilized.

Heavy, slow moving loads, especially with frequent starts and stops, require metal additives to handle the squeeze out of lubricant from the mating bearing surfaces. The metal additives are similar to those used in high temperature lubricants; lead, copper, aluminum.

Can Super Lube® be used in a high or pure oxygen environment?

No, although Super Lube® is categorized as non-flammable, it will burn. Oxygen accelerates the combustion process. If Super Lube® is used in a high oxygen environment, spontaneous combustion could occur.

How can I tell if Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease with Syncolon® (PTFE) will replace the conventional petroleum-based grease I currently use?

There are three items to consider:

Viscosity: Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease with Syncolon® (PTFE) will replace other greases with the same National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) thickness. NLGI #2 is the thickness of most multi-purpose and bearing greases. As a comparison, NLGI #4 greases are very thick and tacky while NLGI #000 greases are almost as thin as an oil.

Temperature Range: Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease with Syncolon® (PTFE) will replace other greases operating at temperatures within a range of -45°F to 450°F continuously and 500°F intermittently.

Application: Super Lube® Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease with Syncolon® (PTFE) will replace greases used for most applications other than extreme shock and pressure environments where Moly type grease or anti-seize lubricants are typically used. For extreme shock applications use Super Lube® High Temperature Extreme Pressure Grease.

Does the lubricant now on my machinery need to be removed prior to switching to Super Lube®?

It is always best to remove the previous lubricant to prevent cross contamination. Super Lube® is compatible with most petroleum-based greases and mineral oils. In most cases, all that is required is that Super Lube® be pumped into the bearing, purging the old grease out. Run the bearings with vent ports open, until they come up to temperature, to allow for grease expansion.

Super Lube® should not be mixed with water-based cutting fluids or coolants. Super Lube® lubricants should not be mixed with silicone lubricants, with the exception of those containing silicone.

What type of bearings can Super Lube® be used on?

Super Lube® can be used on all types of bearings (i.e. plain, anti-friction, roller, ball, thrust, etc.) as long as it meets the load requirement of that particular bearing. The key word is load. Several load tests have been performed on Super Lube® and the results are as follows:

TestSuper Lube® Grease with Syncolon® (PTFE)Super Lube® Oil with Syncolon® (PTFE)Super Lube® Lightweight Oil
Load wear index 70.63 kg 21.2 kg 27 kg
Weld Point 400 kg 125 kg 130 kg
Timken OK Load, ASTM D2509 40 lbs 40 lbs N/A
Four Ball E.P. Scar Test, ASTM D4172 <1.0 mm .47 mm <.5 mm

To determine if Super Lube® is suited to a particular bearing, refer to the bearing manufacturer's specification or the Timken OK Load or Four Ball EP ratings of the grease currently being used. If Super Lube®’s ratings are equivalent or higher, it will meet the load requirement.

Aerosols are not permitted in our plant. What do you recommend?

Super Lube® Oil with Syncolon® (PTFE) in the non-aerosol pump spray.

Is Super Lube® a Food Grade product?

Most Super Lube® products are NSF registered rated H1 for incidental food contact and meet former USDA guidelines, and is reflected on the packaging label. This allows Super Lube®'s use in federally inspected meat and poultry plants where there is the potential for incidental food contact.

What is the solvent carrier in Super Lube® Aerosols?

There is no ozone depleting chlorinated solvent or CFCs in Super Lube® Aerosols. The solvent carrier is Heptane. After Super Lube® is sprayed onto a surface; the Heptane quickly evaporates, leaving a long-lasting coating of Super Lube®.

How do I read the date code?

Synco Chemical Corporation has adopted the Julian Code to conform with California and OTC regulations. The digits will represent the date as follows: YYDDD meaning, the first two digits represent the last two digits of the year of manufacture, and the remaining three digits represent the day of the year of manufacture, beginning with January first as day 001. For example, February 13, 2012 would be expressed as 12044 in Julian Code, since it is the 44th day of the year in 2012.

In addition to the Julian Code there is an "Alpha" and "2 additional digits" that identify the product's lot number for traceability purposes. The full code may read as 12044 B01 with the digits "01" referencing the lot number, and the "B" referencing the Month of manufacture.

How do I remove Super Lube®?

By design, Super Lube® is tenacious and meant to stay where it is applied. However, sometimes it ends up where it is not wanted. Less aggressive solvents that work are Mineral Spirits, Alcohol and Dawn® Dish Detergent.

The best way to remove it is to dissolve it and absorb it in a paper towel or rag. This is done with solvents, such as Heptane, Hexane, Perchloroethylene (dry-cleaning fluid), Methyl Ethyl Keytone (MEK), or D’ Limonene (a citrus cleaner). These solvents are industrial fluids, should be used with caution, and may be difficult to find for the average person. In addition, they may react by dissolving more than the Super Lube®, especially if the item is plastic.

Super Lube® Super Kleen Cleaner/Degreaser is a specially formulated, industrial strength, multi-purpose non-solvent solution designed for cleaning dirt, grease, grime and ink on virtually any water safe surface. It will safely remove Super Lube® Grease.