Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) was accidentally stumbled upon by a chemist researching refrigerants in the late 1930's. PTFE is the most slippery substance in existence. By utilizing it in a thermosetting resin, fluoropolymers have become standard for use in extreme environments and applications that push the limits of what is possible.
Fluoropolymers coatings, such as Teflon® and Xylan®, are normally applied to components where a corrosion resistant, non-stick, dry film lubricant is required. Each of these brands represents a family of coatings that are designed to address various engineering needs. Coatings are chosen based on required tolerances, expected load, temperature, environment and other significant factors. Different colors are also available for aesthetics and identification purposes.
Xylan® Coating is a family of fluoropolymer coatings designed for use on various types of OEM components and fasteners. Most Xylan® coatings contain PTFE or other types of lubricants and are applied in thin films. Xylan® provides lubrication and controlled friction, wear resistance, heat resistance, nonstick and release properties and, at the same time, can also protect from corrosion. Xylan is a combination of low-friction fluoropolymer compounds in a matrix of strong, stable organic polymers. Whether the application is corrosion resistance, chemical attack, galvanic corrosion, reducing make-up torque, anti-galling or color coding of sub-sea connectors, we have a wide range of solutions giving unrivalled performance and allow the use of less exotic metals which has a major cost benefit. The application of a coating to threaded fasteners can substantially reduce make up torque and deliver far more reliable tensioning during installation. Coatings of Xylan offer many benefits for offshore service. These include resistance to corrosion and chemical attack, superb subsea visibility, lower maintenance costs and less downtime. Xylan coatings have been the first choice of many engineers in the offshore industry for more than 30 years. Industrial Metal Finishing is a Whitford Approved Coating applicator.
We stock the below Xylan series. Click on each to bring up a data sheet. Please check for color availability.
The unique combination of properties inherent to all Teflon® industrial coatings make them a natural choice in a number of industries. Very few solid substances will permanently adhere to a Teflon® coating. While tacky materials may show some adhesion, almost all substances release easily. Teflon® can operate continuously at temperatures up to 550°F and can be used for intermittent service up to 600°F with adequate ventilation. Many Teflon® industrial coatings can withstand temperatures as low as -454°F without loss of physical properties. Chemical environments usually do not affect a Teflon® coating. The only chemicals known to affect these coatings are molten alkali metals and highly reactive fluorinating agents. Since Teflon® finishes are both hydrophobic and oleophobic, cleanup is easier and more thorough. The low coefficient of friction that comes with fluoropolymer coatings allows for many industries to use them as a dry lubricant.
We stock the below Teflon series. Click on each to bring up a technical data sheet.