What’s the Proper Way to Handle and Store P-80® Lubricants?

P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts, enabling them to slide easily into place. These lubricants provide a high degree of lubricity when wet, but once dry the slipping action goes away. P-80 lubricants are used throughout the automotive, appliance, pump, aerospace, bus & truck, wire & cable, heavy equipment, agriculture, rail, and marine industries.

All P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and most plastics, rubbers and metals. But, as with any product, it’s important to follow proper procedures for usage, handling and storage.

P-80 storage and handling guidelines:

Storage conditions:

  • Store P-80 at temperatures between 2°C – 30°C (36°F – 86°F)
  • Do not store outdoors in direct sunlight during warm weather
  • Store in original sealed container when not in use
  • Do not allow P-80 to freeze
  • Use oldest material first for proper inventory control
    • Use the lot number to determine the date of manufacture

Usage instructions:

  • Check for compatibility with your assembly materials
  • When dispensing P-80 Emulsion, P-80 Emulsion IFC and P-80 RediLube
    • Shake or stir before use
    • Use a recirculation pump or folding propeller mixer for drums and totes
    • Do not use air agitation to mix P-80
  • P-80 is packaged ready for use, do not dilute
  • Use a dedicated pump for dispensing and mixing
  • Do not pour dispensed product back into the original container
  • Do not add fresh P-80 to used P-80
  • Do not mix P-80 with other chemicals
  • Apply a thin film of P-80 to the rubber/plastic part
  • Use either an automatic or manual application method best suited to your specific needs
    • Dip/dunk
    • Brush
    • Spray
    • Sponge
    • Squirt
    • By hand, with gloves
  • Work area and equipment should be cleaned after each use
    • Excess P-80 can be wiped away with soap and water

Preventative Maintenance

  • All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized at least once a month
  • Cleaning frequency should be adjusted based on the following:
    • Temperature of the work environment
    • Cleanliness of the plant
    • Frequency and length of downtime

Once a preventative maintenance program is established, the system will remain effective and problem free.

Set yourself up for success! Follow these simple guidelines for use and discover how P-80 can ease your rubber assembly applications. P-80 is classified as non-hazardous according to GHS, making it safe for workers and the environment. In fact, most P-80 formulas are biodegradable. Refer to the individual product SDS’s and the P-80 standard operating procedures for more details.

Learn more about P-80 lubricants here. Or contact one of IPC’s technical specialists for assistance.

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