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Grease Guide: What is Red Rubber Grease Used For?

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With such a wide range of greases available on the market today it is important you are choosing the right grease for the right job.

Red Rubber Grease is used in the automotive industry in hydraulic and braking systems to protect & lubricate rubber bushes, seals and o-rings.  It is also a good choice for use on brake caliper rebuild jobs.  This grease compound is designed to preserve rubber and help prevent it deteriorating and cracking over time.

WHY USE RED RUBBER GREASE?

If rubber is not lubricated it becomes dry and hardens and it can crack over time.  Also, if it is contacted by hydro-carbons such as petrol or diesel it can swell and lose its shape and structure.  When this happens it has difficulty performing the job it was designed to do.  Therefore, rubber needs to be lubricated with a suitable grease that protects it and does not damage it.  This is exactly what red rubber grease has been designed to do.


RUBBER LUBRICATION & ASSEMBLY JOBS:

In addition to protection against drying-out and moving parts red rubber grease is crucial in a range of lubrication and assembly roles.  Rubber needs to be lubricated to protect it from moving parts in systems such as o-rings in a cylinder piston.  If the rubber is not lubricated the friction caused by the contact of the moving part may rupture the rubber.  Also, red rubber grease should be used during a assembly when attempting to move rubber parts into position.  The grease will facilitate a much easier assembly process.


WHAT IS RED RUBBER GREASE?

Red Rubber Grease is used to protect & lubricate rubber components.  It is manufactured using vegetable oil as the base lubricant.  Vegetable oil is used as unlike other oils it does not damage rubber.  The red colour is due to the addition of a red dye to make it easily distinguishable from other greases.  Its unique recipe makes it compatible with natural and synthetic rubbers.  It is often used in hydraulic brake systems, shock absorbers and clutch applications.


RED RUBBER GREASE: WHY IS IT RED?

The red colour is created by adding a dye to the grease to make it easily identifiable.  The clearly visible red colour helps prevent a mix up with other petroleum based greases and lubricants.  This is important because red rubber grease is designed for use on sensitive parts (rubber bushes, seals and o-rings) that may be damaged if the wrong grease is applied.


ADVANTAGES OF RED RUBBER GREASE:

  • Excellent Rubber Compatibility (can be used with o-rings, bushes and seals)
  • Protects Rubber Against Corrosion/ Cracking
  • Prevents Water Ingress
  • Resistant to Hydro-Carbon Solvents (eg: petrol and diesel)
  • Fully Biodegradable

DISADVANTAGES OF RED RUBBER GREASE:

  • Red Rubber Grease is specifically designed for the lubrication and protection of rubber components and should only be used for this purpose.

 

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2 comments

  • Can it be used on johnnies??

    belter on
  • It is used for its compatibility with rubber parts

    Harry on

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