Focus Feature – WD-40® Specialist® Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant

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When you want a job done well, sometimes you have to call in the Specialists. That’s why we have formulated our WD-40 Specialist range, featuring a line-up of go-to products to help with those specialist tasks that tradesmen, professionals and contractors alike will face every day.

Today we’ll be shining the spotlight on our incredibly useful and efficient Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant, which has a huge range of applications that go far beyond those of a generic wet lubricant spray.

Let’s start by breaking down the tech speak. PTFE stands for polytetrafluoroethylene, which is a type of synthetic fluoropolymer. As that’s a bit of a mouthful (and not easy to fit onto a can!) it’s abbreviated to PTFE. Most of us will know it from its brand names; Teflon, which was trademarked when it was discovered by DuPont back in 1938, and later Tefal, when it was used by a French engineer on his wife’s cooking pans to create the first non-stick cookwear. These days PTFE is a part of every aspect of our daily lives, from non-stick frying pans, to stain- and crease-resistant school uniforms and waterproof clothing. But it’s in the workplace that PTFE’s usefulness shines through.

Our Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant harnesses all the best qualities of PTFE into a clear, quick setting spray that can be used for any number of applications. Once applied, it dries into a clear film in seconds, creating a slippery coating that repels dirt, dust, oil and all kinds of residues to keep parts working smoother for longer. Use it to lubricate hardworking components such as cogs, bearings, chains, rollers, hinges and conveyor belts to keep them running efficiently with less maintenance time.

The anti friction qualities make it perfect for load-bearing components, so it works efficiently on chains, hoists, hinges and door tracks where weight-bearing may be a factor. It’s great for domestic doors and windows too – the quick-drying properties make it ideal for use on outdoor and indoor locks, hinges and tracks alike, with minimal run-off and no nasty residue to wipe away.

We often think of lubricant as a maintenance product, but it can be just as useful to have on site for daily tasks too, for example on drill bits as you work. Simply spray our PTFE lubricant onto drill bits before you start a task, and you’ll not only drill through materials such as plastics, glass and metal quicker, but with cleaner results and no swarf to clean off the bit either. The anti friction properties can even help make drilling more efficient, saving you time and energy, with more work done before you have to change batteries or recharge cordless tools.

Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant is also safe to use on woodworking tools, and makes an excellent lubricating barrier for saw blades as it helps repel sawdust and wood chips that would otherwise clog up saw teeth and impact efficiency. And no matter how much of a sweat you work up, you won’t outpace our spray, which has a working temperature of -45°C to +260°C.

Maintenance is, of course, a really important use of our PTFE lubricant, and regular application will help protect against daily wear and tear, extending the life of components, tools, engine parts and machinery. Our Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant is safe for use on both plastic and rubber, meaning it’s perfect for protecting rubber hoses and plastic seals from deterioration over time. Prevention is better than cure in all aspects, so ensuring that you have a regular programme of effective maintenance will go a long way to helping you avoid costly pay-outs for replacing worn out tools and parts.

We’re constantly finding out new uses for our Anti Friction Dry PTFE Lubricant – did you know it also makes an incredibly effective mould release agent? If you’ve discovered any further uses for our PTFE Lubricant, or just want to tell us how you use it day-to-day, then get in touch.

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