Halocarbon oils, greases and waxes are completely synthetic. They are inert because they are non-hydrocarbon based and are carefully manufactured to a very high degree of inertness and purity to insure safety.
They are fully halogenated and are free of carbon-hydrogen bonds. To learn more about the general benefits of fluorine chemistry, read our Fluorine 101 Section.
All Halocarbon oils contain the same inert chemical backbone structure. If you think of a bowl of spaghetti, some pieces are short and others are long. In the case of the oils, there are short and long molecules. The short molecules are the low viscosity oils and the longer molecules are the high viscosity oils. The viscosity you need depends on your application.
The following are miscible:
They should not be used with sodium or potassium metals, amines including amine additives, liquid fluorine and liquid chlorine trifluoride. Silica-thickened greases should not be used in contact with alkalis, hydrofluoric acid and fluorinating agents. If you are using hydrofluoric acid or fluorinating agents, the Halocarbon polymer-thickened greases should be used.
Caution should be used under conditions of large shear forces such as those found in threaded connections. This is a rare condition and will occur with most halogenated inert lubricants.
Halocarbon lubricants have been tested by NASA and the German Federal Institute for Materials Testing (BAM) and to ASTM standards.
The maximum safe operating temperature for Halocarbon inert lubricants is 200º C.
The following elastomers and plastics have been found to be compatible with Halocarbon inert lubricants. Since formulations vary by manufacturer, it is recommended that a compatibility test be conducted.
With proper use and maintenance, Halocarbon oil can be recycled. This helps to reduce the cost of using Halocarbon oils.
Halocarbon is aware of the following recyclers:
Halocarbon has not approved or audited these recyclers – any company wishing to recycle their oil is responsible for the appropriate due diligence.
There are two main considerations when switching to a Halocarbon oil or grease. For safety, the first is to make sure that the system is clean and all traces of hydrocarbon oils and/or greases (or other potentially reactive compounds) have been removed. You do not want to use our products in a contaminated system. The second is to check for contact with any O-rings or seals. Make sure that they are compatible with our products.
If you need to adjust the viscosity to meet the needs of your system, two different grades can be mixed together. We can supply the necessary information on how to mix the oils – please contact us.
No, although we have silica-thickened greases, silica and silicone lubricants are completely different.
Halocarbon has three types of inert grease – silica-thickened, polymer-thickened and PTFE-thickened. All of these greases are safe and compatible to use with oxygen, chlorine and many aggressive chemicals. Silica-thickened greases should not be used in contact with alkalis, hydrofluoric acid or fluorinating agents. The grease which you choose depends on factors such as temperature, operating conditions and manufacturers’ recommendations. Halocarbon can help you choose the right grease for your application – please contact us.
This system is used to define the thickness or consistency of a grease. A grease with a “1” rating is a very soft grease. A hard grease would have a rating of “4”. Most of the time, the equipment manufacture will suggest which grade to use.
Halocarbon 25-5S grease is considered to be a general purpose inert grease. It can be used for most applications that require an inert grease. If there is a chance that the grease may come into contact with an alkali, hydrofluoric acid or a fluorinating agent, a polymer-thickened grease should be used instead.
This grease contains a rust inhibitor, molybdenum disulfide and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). These ingredients make it an outstanding thread sealant. It will help to prevent thread galling and act as a thread sealant where oxygen compatibility is required. It was tested by NASA and passed their oxygen compatibility test at 10,000 psi.
The inert waxes are used mostly as a protective or barrier coating. They help prevent a substrate from reacting with oxygen, chlorine, fluorine gas and other aggressive chemicals.
Most of our lubricants are shipped by ground services such as UPS. However, they can be shipped by air because they are classified as non-hazardous.
In the United States and Canada, Halocarbon sells on a direct basis. We have distributors in most parts of the world. Halocarbon will ship directly if we do not have a distributor in your country. Call toll free 1-800-338-5803.
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for most orders.
Halocarbon prides itself on our responsiveness. Most of our standard inert lubricants are in stock and ready to ship.
Our goal is to ship standard items out of our manufacturing plant in North Augusta, SC in 3 to 4 business days.