Preventing Damage to Chrome Finish



Chrome is a type of surface finish wherein a thin layer of chromium is electroplated onto plastic or metal objects boost its resistance against corrosion and wear. It also gives the electroplated objects a nice shiny metallic finish.


A very thin film of chromium oxide forms on the surface of the chrome when it is exposed to air. The oxide layer seals the surface of the chrome and prevents further oxidation from occurring.


Yet there are particular instances that cancels the capacity of the chromium oxide in shielding chrome and the metal object from corrosion. Using very aggressive cleaners can remove the oxide on the surface. A new layer of oxide will be formed after cleaning as the exposed chromium reacts with the oxygen in the air. The repeated oxidation reactions can cause the chrome layer to become thinner over time. Instead of cleaners, lubricating oil can be used for cleaning chrome. The oil loosens up dirt with without removing the protective oxide.


Chips and scrapes on the chrome surface that exposes the metal underneath is very problematic. The exposed metal will rapidly oxidize. In the case of steel, the iron from the steel and the oxygen in the air forms rust.


The chipped or scraped area must be cleaned from any rust and recoated with chrome. The recoating process is complicated and can be very expensive. That is why it is important to prevent chipping or scratching of the chrome surface.  A lubrication product like oil can be used to improve the lubricity of the chrome surface to minimize the risk of chipping when other objects come in contact with it. The high lubricity means that objects are more likely to slip on top of the chrome instead of digging into it.

Difference Between Adhesives And Sealants


Adhesives and sealants are usually mixed up in everyday conversation. It is understandable considering how both are sticky and have similar applications. Many adhesives and sealants utilize the same base elements. There are polyurethane adhesives and polyurethane sealants. Mixing up the two during casual conversation is alright. But when it comes to real projects and actual procedures, such mix-ups can lead to expensive mistakes. You never want to use a sealant for an application that needs an adhesive.


Adhesives are used for bonding applications. A bonding application is any kind of procedure that entails joining of two separate objects or surfaces using a binder substance. This binder material is called the adhesive. The exact scientific explanation on how adhesives work is complicated so let us postpone its discussion for some other time. In order to hold to objects together, the adhesive must be very strong enough to handle the weight or whatever forces are acting upon the bonded objects.
Sealers are utilized for coating applications. In coating applications, surfaces or joins are coated with a material that prevents moisture and other materials from passing through. This material is called the sealant and as the name implies, it seals the surface or area on which it is applied on. The coating can also provide protection to the surfaces against harmful elements or decrease the sound and heat transmission. In order for a sealant to do its task, it should have the needed adhesiveness to remain in place. Unlike adhesives used for bonding, the adhesiveness of sealants are fairly weak.

Polyurethane Adhesives For Automotive Applications


4The introduction of polyurethane adhesives has had a resounding effect on the automotive industry. The replacing of traditional fasteners by these new adhesives has significantly sped up production processes while improving over quality of work. The polyurethanes are also used for performing repairs and maintenance work. Many car owners cannot help but be skeptical when told that an adhesive is going to be used to repair and hold components together. This is not surprising since polyurethanes are relatively new.

Polyurethanes offer excellent bonding for various types of surfaces such as ceramics, glass, metals, plastics, rubber and wood. It can be used to bond different types of materials together. This versatility makes the adhesive a smart choice for improving the efficiency of the repairs and production while minimizing the operating cost.

Aside from its ability to bond various materials, polyurethane adhesives have other important characteristics. Polyurethanes have short curing time and strong initial bond. This allows the adhesive to perform the same way as traditional fasteners like nuts and bolts, rivets, and screws.

Polyurethanes have excellent abrasion and chemical resistance. Both are important characteristics needed for automotive applications since vehicles are often exposed to various elements and conditions. Some polyurethane adhesives are colorless which makes them well-suited for glass bonding applications. The strength and resilience of the adhesive allows it to withstand shocks and vibrations of vehicles.

Cost and Performance of Industrial Grease

Some industrial greases are not as popular as the others. A perfect example is the aluminum-complex grease that pales in comparison to lithium and lithium-complex greases when it comes to popularity in the industry. The main driving force as to why some greases are popular while others are not is the cost.

Using the above example, an aluminum-complex grease might perform equally well or better than a lithium-complex grease. Aluminum-complex grease, however, is more expensive to manufacture and its production time is significantly longer compared to lithium-complex grease. This means that a company that manufactures aluminum-complex grease has lower production and less earning compared to manufacturing lithium-complex grease.

There are three main components of industrial grease. A base oil, thickener and additives are mixed in certain proportions to achieve  the desired properties of the final product. These components dictate the price of the grease.

In selecting industrial grease, both cost and performance must be carefully considered. The right balance between these two can aid in maximizing profits. How so?

Focusing on lowering cost and while neglecting performance increases the likelihood of equipment failures. Stoppage of operation due to equipment failure can result to lowered productivity. Parts of the equipment can get damaged which will require expensive repairs. Lowered production and expensive repairs results to drop off in profit. The opposite situation which focuses on performance while disregarding cost simply makes no sense from a business standpoint.

The best way to save on industrial grease is to work directly with the manufacturer to create a product that meets the budget and required performance.

Monolec Industrial Lubricant: A Review

Using the proper oil for your engine means the difference in a smoothly running machine, whether it’s a car, boat, or piece of equipment. Oil is the material that keeps metal parts from grinding together and wearing down, and can also prevent dirt buildup in a piece of machinery.

Choosing lube oil can be a difficult task, as not only do lubricant oils come in various forms and varieties, but different industries and sectors have their own standards and regulations. Because of this, it is crucial that the right choice of lubricant is chosen for the right application.

Monolec is an exclusive, wear reducing additive which creates a lubricating film on metal surfaces, which increases the strength of the oil used. Using Monolec will allow opposing surfaces to glide by one another greatly reducing heat, friction and wear.

Monolec Industrial Lubricants are designed specifically for use in centralized lubrication systems. They contain both wear reducing and extreme pressure additives, are waterproof, and will not form permanent emulsions when moisture is present. They also contain special additives for rust prevention.

Users of Monolec Industrial Lubricants say that it is their secret to keeping their machines moving and also keeps the machines on good condition well after their shelf life. “This oil keeps the gears moving and also reduces oil consumption which saves me money”, says Albert B., one reviewer.

The base oil and additive formula are designed to work together. Clive G. says, “After one oil change I could see no sludge formation or deposits, which is unheard of in my experience.”

Monolec Industrial Oil meets or exceeds the requirements hydraulic systems, gear boxes, roll mill bearings, air compressors and vacuum pumps found in industries such as paper, plastic, rubber and textiles.

For many decades, suppliers of lubricants have been designed and formulating lubricants tailored to industrial application requirements. All lubricant oil should meet the technical requirements for dissipating heat, protection against corrosion and reducing wear and friction. However, it depends on the manufacturing processes and operating conditions specific to your industrial plant which could mean that the right lubricant for the job should produce a whole host of additional properties. As a result of so many variables, it is just as important to choose the right lubricant manufacturer as it is the right lubricant. Do your research before purchasing any lubricants, including talking to your equipment manufacturer for the best recommendations.