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The Many Forms Of Lubricants

Machines make our world go round and lubricants make those machines operate. However, metal on metal or metal on plastic can break down if they run against each other for too long. Lubricant applied between these elements keep them running smoothly for a long time. Here are the lubricants, all available at your lubricant supplier va, that you can use and the differences between them.

Dry Lubricant

Dry lubricants are often found in aerosol form and are composed of ingredients such as graphite and silicone to make the surface it is applied to slick so machinery can glide against it. This type works best in an area that must remain clean or if it is a machine that is under a great deal of heat and pressure. It also works if the parts you are lubricating are rather small.


Grease is part oil and part thickener to make it sticky. It can be used to create a film that can keep out pollutants that can damage your machine. It is great for neglected equipment that might operate only once in a while. It comes in different levels of thickness for whatever application you need.


Oil is a basic form of lubrication that many others are made from. It is typically thin enough to drip inside cracks and crevices to get to those hard to reach places. It is best used on surfaces that stay dirt and grime free because it will attract it.

Penetrating Lubricants

These types of lubricants are used for short term applications and are meant to crack layers of built up decay to loosen something within. They can free a bolt that has been tightened for years to the point of rust with ease. Mechanics who wish to make this type of lubricant can do it on their own.