One of the best ways to save time
and money is to use the right tool
for the job the first time around. Don’t think of tools as only the ones that fit nicely inside the toolbox. Tools can include anything that helps get the project finished. This includes chemicals like penetrants and lubricants. Have you ever had a rusted or corroded bolt that you couldn’t get to budge on your own? Or perhaps a lock or wrench that was rusted over. Maybe you reached for a general multi-purpose lubricant to help out. More than likely, you didn’t get the results you expected. Thisisbecause ofacommonmisconceptionregarding twotypesofproducts:Penetrantsand Lubricants. This is amisconception that often leads to the misuse of the two types of prod- ucts, therefore not getting the job done as expected. Whether the use of these products is crucial to your profession or limited to the household, it’s important to examine proper use and application. Understanding the difference between a penetrant and a lubricant will maximize the benefits they both have to offer and save you time and money, and ultimately, it will save you a headache. Let’s start with the basics. A penetrant is generally a solvent-based formula that is used to break through rust and corro- sion on a stuck or immobilized part. A lubricant is an oilbased formula that is used to reduce friction on moving parts, displace and repel moisture and help prevent further rust and corrosion. See Example 1: When testing the penetrating qualities of PB B’laster Penetrant vs. WD- 40 lubricant over an eight hour time duration, there is a clear difference. The penetrant wicks its way up and across the metallic surface, even into the tight confines of a rusty, threaded fastener. This is because the penetrant is formulated to break through
rust and corrosion faster and more effectively than the general multi-pur- pose lubricant on the left. B’laster Corporation, a leading manufacturer of penetrants and lubri- cants for over 60 years, frequently encounters the misuse of these two types of products amongst their con- sumers. In fact, industry research shows that 23% of consumers who use multipurpose lubricants use the product incorrectly. B’laster’s head chemist, Tom Hrabak says, “These types of products are often used interchangeably by mistake. It simply comes down to the intended purpose the product was formulated to achieve.” Hrabak further explains that in most instances a penetrant will not provide better lubrication than a lubricant, and a lubricant will not penetrate as quickly or deeply into rust and corrosion as a penetrant would. PB B’laster Pentetrant, the #1-selling penetrant, is formulated and manufactured with the intention of breaking through rust and corrosion. It’s a penetrant first and foremost. It uses a unique capillary action that quickly breaks loose surface tension created by rust and corrosion by creeping up, around and into hard-to-reach cavi- ties. A penetrant such as PB B’laster does also have the added benefit of providing lubrication because it doesn’t evaporate. Therefore, the film that remains on the applied parts will help prevent further rust and corrosion. But the lubricating element is secondary, unlike its sister product, B’laster Pro-Grade Multi-Purpose Lubricant. B’laster Pro-Grade Multi-Purpose Lubricant is formulated and manufactured for use as a lubricant firstly, to provide maximum working fluidity by reducing friction between surfaces. It’s also enhanced with Teflon™ flouropolymer to further help reduce friction, enhance per- formance and protect surfaces. It’s also a better option for indoor and house- hold tasks because it has a light vanilla scent. The added benefit of a general multi-purpose lubricant is that it will also help provide protection from further rust and corrosion. Some common applications for PB B’laster: • Rusted Nuts, Bolts, Pipe Threads, etc. • Brakes • Exhaust System • Suspension System • Farm Equipment • Mobile Homes Some common applications for B’laster Pro-Grade Multi-Purpose Lubricant: • Sliding Doors & Windows • Hinges • Locks • Valves • Hand Tools • Sports Equipment • Rollers • Wheels • Valves
Here’s a good general rule of thumb to help you decide which product to use for your application: • If it’s rusted, stuck or corroded, use a penetrant like PB B’laster. • If it’s sticking or squeaking, use a general multi-purpose lubricant like B’laster Pro-Grade Multi-Purpose Lubricant. Understanding the difference between these two types of products will save you time and money. And let’s be real, those are two things worth saving. So, you’re welcome.
Penetrant or Lubricant:
What’s the freakin’ difference?