Posts made in July 2019

Spray Lubricant

Bostik Bearing Lubricant vs. WD-40

There are countless degreasers, lubricants, cleaners, and solvents on the store shelf. How the heck do you know which one is right for your project? While there several brands and types of oil-based agents, two of the most popular are Bostik Bearing Lubricant and WD-40. While the two products seem similar, many important differences set them far apart. Let’s figure out the difference between Bostik Bearing Lubricant and WD-40.

What is Bostik Bearing Lubricant?

Bostik Bearing Lubricant is a petroleum-based aerosol lubricant. It is manufactured to lubricate moving mechanical components, especially bearings as the name implies. According to Bostik, their bearing lubricant can unfreeze frozen bearings, works up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, works twice as long as standard oil, and can reduce operating friction by 25%.

Bostik Bearing Lubricant contains antioxidative compounds to keep it from gumming up over time and high viscosity for both slowly and quickly moving parts.

When to Use Bostik Bearing Lubricant

Because Bostik Bearing Lubricant dries quickly and doesn’t gum even after multiple applications, it’s great for long-term applications where you need something to open, move, or slide gracefully. Bostik recommends their bearing lubricant for:

• Ball bearings
• Roller bearings
• Wheel Bearings
• Router Bit Bearings
• Router work on wood and other solid surfaces
• Casters
• Hinges

What is WD-40?

WD-40 makes more sense when you know WD stands for water displacement, 40th formula. WD-40 uses aliphatic hydrocarbons, anti-corrosion agents, water displacement compounds, and soil removal additives in an aerosol can to help clean rust and other grimy and greasy buildup. There’s nothing about lubricating in the name because WD-40 is not a true lubricant. WD-40 is designed to dissolve rust or act as a solvent against greasy buildup.

Why isn’t WD-40 a good long-term lubricant? It seems like a lubricant when you apply it, right? WD-40 gives the appearances of a lubricant immediately after application because it dissolves greasy buildup into simpler oils that act as temporary lubricants. Why is not a true lubricant? Because WD-40 lacks antioxidative additives. Without the additives WD-40 quickly oxidizes, leaving behind gunk and more grease than before. WD-40 also has a low viscosity that makes it impractical for low-speed lubricant applications like door hinges or casters. Without the proper additives and viscosity, WD-40 makes for a poor long-term lubricant.

When to Use WD-40

Because WD-40 lacks the antioxidative additives that keep it from gumming up, it’s best used in cleaning situations or if you need to degrease something before applying a lubricant. If you have a door hinge that’s caked with years of dust and oil, you can use WD-40 to dissolve the gunk and wipe it down before applying a lubricant like Bostik Bearing Lubricant.

Bostik Bearing and Lubricant and WD-40 are both excellent products, but there are significant differences is when you use them. You use bearing lubricant to serve as a true lubricant and WD-40 as a solvent for greasy buildup. Use the two for their respective applications, and you’ll get the best from both products.

Structural Adhesive

Everything You Need to Know About Structural Adhesives

What is a Structural Adhesives?

There is a common misconception that sealants and structural adhesives are the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A structural adhesive cures, or hardens, and permanently bonds the two pieces. A sealant, on the other hand, acts as a filler instead. That filler can eventually deteriorate and need replacing, whereas a structural adhesive should never need to be replaced.

With structural adhesives, there is more than one type. In fact, there are seven different types that you can choose from, depending on the project at hand. The seven structural adhesives include vinyl acetates, epoxies, anaerobics, phenolics, toughened acrylics, cyanoacrylates, and polyurethanes.

There are many benefits to using structural adhesives, and they include impact resistance, aesthetics, strength, efficiency for any process, design innovation, lightweight options, water resistance, and bonding between almost any material. Of course, to receive these numerous benefits, you must know the answers to specific questions before applying the structural adhesive. Continue reading

Table Saw Lubricant

Best Table Saw Lubricant

Table saws are amazing tools that can help you construct almost anything, but only if they are working correctly. If you are noticing that your table saw isn’t performing the way that it used to, you may be dealing with a blade that has a buildup on it. When working with blades in that capacity, you’ll find that your cuts are not as precise and that materials can be damaged much easier.

Thankfully, there are a couple of different types of table saw lubricants that can reverse that and bring back the performance of your table or circular saw. Let’s take a look at a couple of our favorites: Continue reading