MOLYKOTE®: The Lubricant Form for the Job

Ball bearings with Molykote lubricant applied.

MOLYKOTE® high-performance lubricants help to reduce friction and wear and help to reduce the maintenance and replacement costs in machines and equipment that are too extreme or high pressure for conventional lubricants. MOLYKOTE® lubricants are formulated to withstand difficult applications like heavy loads, dirty or chemically-harsh environments, extreme temperatures and speeds, and even just normal service lubrication. The best way to guarantee you get the best performance out of your MOLYKOTE® lubrication is by selecting the correct application for the job, depending on the load requirements, environments, temperature requirements, and speed.

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MOLYKOTE® offers six different forms of lubricants from which to choose. Each form has a different physical form with properties that make it the right choice for specific applications. This blog will attempt to classify each of these forms of lubricants to help you understand when to select the right MOLYKOTE® lubricant for your lubricating job from Coating Systems.

MOLYKOTE® Classes of Lubricant

  • Greases – MOLYKOTE® lubricating greases are solid to semi-solid materials consisting of a lubricating fluid, thickening agent and additives. Lubricating grease operates by releasing the lubrication fluid from the thickening agent and provides lubrication in situations that oil would not work. Greases are best used on rolling elements, like bearings, vehicle chassis, conveyors, enclosed gears, and other metal-to-metal lubrication jobs.
  • Pastes – MOLYKOTE® pastes consist of a high concentration of solid lubricants dispersed in an oil to assist in ease of application. In situations where greases and oils would be squeezed out of the lubricating contact, pastes allow the solid lubricants to remain and form adhering films. This allows lubricant paste to prevent damages under extreme load pressure and low speeds. Some of the best applications for lubricant paste include initial assembly and running-in.
  • Oil – Synthetic oils are produced through chemical synthesis and are comprised of synthetic and hydroprocessed mineral oil base stocks, while mineral oils are created through hydroprocessing to ensure they remain free of contaminants. Generally the best option for general machinery and equipment protection.
  • Compounds – Compounds are grease-like materials composed of silicone fluids and silica filters. Compounds are best used for sealing, dielectric, and non-metal-to-metal applications.
  • Dispersions – MOLYKOTE® dispersion lubricants are finely divided solid lubricants that have been suspended in lubricating fluids. These are the preferred lubrication material when solid lubricant coatings need to be applied in liquid form.
  • Anti-Friction Coatings – MOLYKOTE® also produces “lubricating paints.” When these coatings are applied, they cure to form dry, solid lubricant coatings that are bonded to the surface. Coating Solutions specializes in this type of lubrication.

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For More Information Contact Coating Solutions

Coating Solutions provides lubrication service as well as powder coating and spin coating, among other solutions depending on your need. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Coating Solutions, contact us online or by phone at 1-800-593-7754.