Interflon Paste HT1200 is ideal for this and other corrosive environments
Ocean-based oil rigs are an extremely challenging environment. The constant corrosive action of salt water is metal’s worst enemy. This can make taking things apart a nightmare, especially if you’re in a hurry. Only the best lubrication products are worth having on board.
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The common solution to dealing with corroded nuts, bolts, screws, and other fasteners is to dump a bunch of popular name-brand solvent on the problem, wait for a few minutes, then try to take it apart. This approach causes the following problems:
- It’s a waste of time. Why spend several minutes or even longer taking something apart when it can be done in seconds, with far less effort and frustration?
- It sounds cheap, but it’s actually expensive when you consider how much product you’ll go through over the course of a month or a year.
- It’s environmentally unsound. Popular rust solvents are not friendly to people or to nature. Nor are anti-seize pastes with metal particles in them. Yes, Interflon really does care about this issue!
- It’s not a long-term solution, but a quick fix. If you have to take the same thing apart in a month, the solvent will have washed away, and you’ll have to re-apply it before you can get it unstuck again.
- Spraying large amounts of solvent on things like nuts and bolts, screws, clamps, slides, etc. can get very messy, to the point where it creates a hazard. In heavily-trafficked areas, the dripping that results from such heavy applications is unsightly and hazardous. It can also quickly attract dirt, rust, and other particles, forming an abrasive paste that can worsen wear on things like chains or bearings.
- It might not even work. How many times have you had to apply a solvent repeatedly in order to get the bolt to budge a fraction of an inch?
All these frustrations will be familiar to the individual who works on deep-sea oil rigs or other heavily corrosive environments.
Interflon Paste HT1200 was designed with exactly this environment in mind. It’s a ceramic-based anti-seize compound and assembly paste that has the following properties:
- HT1200 strongly resists rust, galvanic corrosion, galling, fretting, and tribocorrosion. Learn more about galvanic corrosion here.
- HT1200 is good up to 1200 Celsius, or more than 2100 Fahrenheit.
- HT1200 resists water washout, even salt water. You can even use it on underwater applications.
- HT1200 can last for years when properly applied.
- HT1200 has no metal in it. This makes it so safe that it’s actually rated as a food-safe (NSF H1) compound, suitable for use in food production environments. It’s even certified kosher and halal.
- HT1200 is very easy to apply. It comes in three formats: an aerosol can, a squeezable tube, and a paste pot.
Use HT1200 as an assembly paste on bolts or anything else you’re assembling or disassembling. The next time you need to take it apart, it will loosen quickly and easily, and you won’t need to waste time or energy on something that never should have been a problem to begin with.
Anyone who has to work with metal around salt water will want a can of HT1200 in their toolbox. And once you try it, you’ll be convinced.
HT1200 is easy to get. Just contact our office at (877) FIN-LUBE, or order it from our Amazon store.
See the following use cases for other situations where HT1200 has proven to be a game-changer!
Use Case #1: Live Fish Pumps
Check out this testimonial from one of our clients, Inventive Marine (inventivemarine.com), makers of live fish pumps:
“Our pumps and hose connections are made from aluminum and are fastened with stainless steel bolts. They spend many years exposed to saltwater spray. Previously, we had great difficulty disassembling them because of the corrosion that takes place when you have two different metals next to each other in a saltwater environment. We had to use blowtorches to heat them up just to take them apart. This was time-consuming, difficult and would usually end in something breaking. Since we started using Interflon Paste HT1200 as an anti-seize and assembly paste on our pumps, we find disassembly is a snap, even on pumps that have been on deck and underwater for a long time. HT1200 has also done a great job of preventing the fretting and galling that takes place during assembly of our pumps. Many of our customers process food fish and appreciate that HT1200 is also NSF H1 as opposed to many other questionable anti-seize agents on the market.”
Bedford, Nova Scotia
Use Case #2: Underwater Sensors
A leading global power systems manufacturer had a large contract making towed or autonomous underwater vehicles. These were used in measuring data thousands of feet deep in the ocean, then brought up to the surface so they could beam their data to a satellite. The challenge this company faced was the galvanic corrosion that took place between the different kinds of metals used in manufacturing these devices. These devices were extremely expensive to repair. Once they discovered HT1200, they no longer experienced galvanic corrosion on their devices, and disassembly was made vastly easier. This ended up saving many thousands of dollars in damaged equipment for the manufacturers.
Use Case #3: Motorboat propeller shafts
Motorboat propellers and shafts are often made of different alloys, which means the potential for galvanic corrosion exists. To combat this, many manufacturers include a collar around the shaft that is made of zinc, one of the weakest of metals. This is called a “sacrificial anode”. The zinc will be the one to dissolve, leaving the shaft intact. However, if the anode is not present, or if it comes off without the boat owner noticing, this can cause severe problems. A boat at sea will be in big trouble if the prop shaft snaps due to corrosion.
The solution is to use HT1200 wherever different alloys come into contact with each other. As long as that protective ceramic layer exists between them, no galvanic corrosion can take place.
For more information on how to avoid broken propeller shafts, see this article.
Check out this video of HT1200 rethreading a ruined bolt! The feedback we get from mechanics over and over is that they’ve never seen anything like this. See for yourself!
BONUS: Interflon Fin Super with MicPol® is an all-purpose lubricant that is the perfect companion for Interflon Paste HT1200. Fin Super possesses superior creeping action, thanks to MicPol® technology (read more about MicPol® here), which means it can penetrate much faster and deeper than traditional lubricants or solvents. It adheres to surfaces up to ten times longer than ordinary products, provides the lowest possible coefficient of friction, and dries to a clear, solid film that repels both water and dirt particles. Every engineer, mechanic, and maintenance person would appreciate having a can of Fin Super next to their container of HT1200. With these two weapons in your arsenal, rust and corrosion won’t stand a chance… and everything will be moving smoothly once again.