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How To Install Rubber Grips in 5 Easy Steps (And maybe even improve your golf game!)

Need to replace the rubber grips on your bicycle or golf clubs? Sounds easy, right? If you’ve ever tried replacing grips on golf clubs, bicycles, motorcycles, tools or exercise equipment you know first-hand how difficult it can be.

Foam grips and rubber grips are purposely designed to fit snuggly so they don’t wiggle once in place. Properly installed, tight fitting grips won’t slip when the equipment is in use. But getting them in place, without ripping, tearing or using excessive force, can be a real challenge.

Traditional methods of installing grips include using petroleum based products, hairspray, solvents, grease and even soap and water. While these solutions might provide the lubrication needed to install the grip, they can degrade the rubber or they may not dry completely. Both of these scenarios can cause the grips to slip or spin later on while the equipment is in use. Imagine your frustration if you miss that hole-in-one because the new grip on your golf club moved while you were swinging?

Experience the Easy Way to Install Rubber Grips with P-80® Grip-It. Grip-It is a quick-drying temporary assembly lubricant that eases installation of tight-fitting rubber and plastic parts by reducing the force needed for assembly. Once assembly is complete, Grip-It dries quickly and provides resistance that helps keep parts in place. Watch below to see how grips slide easily into place (and then stay put) with P-80-Grip-It.

5 Easy Steps For Replacing Grips
Whether you are replacing an old grip on a bicycle or golf club, or installing a new grip on a tool or motorcycle, use this no-struggle method for assembly.

  1. Remove the old grip completely. Use a utility knife to carefully cut a slit in the grip. Be sure to cut away from yourself to avoid injury.
  2. Thoroughly clean the handle. It’s important to remove any residue left by the old grip. Clean the surface thoroughly and wipe dry. This will make it easier to apply the new grips.
  3. Squirt inside of new grip with P-80 Grip-It. Apply Grip-It to the interior of the grip. This can be done easily with a spray bottle. Dipping or brushing application methods also work well.
  4. Slide grip easily into place. Once Grip-it is applied the grip should slide into place. Push, rather than pull, the grip onto the handle. Pushing a grip will slightly enlarge the opening, whereas using a pulling motion will decrease it. Be sure to position the grip exactly where you want it, facing in the right direction. Reposition if necessary while the grip is still wet.
  5. Allow completed assembly to dry before use. Let the assembly dry thoroughly. Once dry the grip stays in place.

Rejuvenate your old gear with new grips. Grips provide cushioning and support on many types of equipment. In addition to making your apparatus look newer, replacing the grips on your bicycle or golf clubs provides better grip control. Some grips, especially on power tools and motorcycles, protect the user’s hands from vibration and shock. Installing new grips provides you with an opportunity to tailor the size, cushioning, texture and firmness of the grip to best meet your needs.

For more information about using P-80 Grip-It to install rubber grips contact one of IPC’s technical specialists.

 

Stop Struggling … See How Temporary Lubricants Make Rubber Assembly Easier!

Have you ever struggled with rubber assembly? If so, you’ve probably experienced for yourself the excessive force needed to properly install hoses, seals, gaskets, O-rings and many other rubber parts. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone came up with a better way?

Your wishes have been granted! Temporary rubber assembly lubricants were developed specifically to solve this common problem. Temporary rubber lubricants can ease assembly processes and significantly reduce the force needed to assemble rubber parts.

So, how effective are temporary assembly lubricants? Why not see for yourself? International Products Corporation (IPC), manufacturer of P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants, put together this short video showing the reduction in force obtained by using P-80® Emulsion to assemble a rubber hose.

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The results of this test are dramatic. A 63% reduction of force was achieved by using P-80 Emulsion for this assembly. A digital force gauge manufactured by Mecmesin was used for measurement. The amount of force needed to assemble a dry piece of hose was 196 Newtons. IPC’s test lab then lubricated the same hose with P-80 Emulsion and the amount of force needed for the same assembly dropped to 72 Newtons. That represents a reduction of force of 124 Newtons or 63%.

What are some of the advantages of reducing the force required to install rubber parts?
• Allow for tighter fitting part design
• Improve product performance
• Increase production rates by allowing for faster assembly
• Reduce worker injuries by decreasing the assembly force required
• Reduce part rejection

The next time you’re having trouble with hoses, seals, gaskets, O-Rings or any other rubber part, remember to use a temporary rubber assembly lubricant and watch the parts slide into place with much less force. Temporary lubricants are ideal for rubber assembly because they reduce the friction needed to assemble parts.

Want more information about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant? Contact IPC for help finding the best solution for your assembly needs.

 

Frustrated by Heavy Duty Truck Assembly and Repair?

What is one of the most frustrating tasks of heavy duty truck assembly and repair? Installing or replacing rubber parts! Heavy duty trucks and trailers are full of rubber parts. O-rings, bushings, leaf springs, seals, hoses, engine mounts, belts and gaskets are truck_assembliesjust some of the parts that can be difficult to install or replace. Many of the chassis, engine and suspension components are made of rubber or plastic.

Rubber is naturally slip resistant, making it difficult to work with. Trying to install, remove or manipulate tight fitting rubber components can be a real challenge. Parts that are improperly aligned or installed may result in performance or safety issues. Using a temporary assembly lubricant, like P-80®, makes rubber installation easier and helps avoid these types of problems.

P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants are designed to decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts, enabling them to slide easily into place with minimal force. And, P-80 lubricants do not contain any hazardous ingredients, making them safe for workers and the environment. P-80’s unique, water-based formula is temporary; once dry, P-80 stops lubricating and parts remain in place.

The next time you’re having trouble pushing a hose into place, inserting a leaf spring or installing suspension bushings try using P-80 and see how much easier the job becomes. Temporary lubricants are ideal for truck applications because they reduce the friction needed for assembly and repair without damaging the parts.

Want to try P-80 for your heavy duty truck assembly or repair needs? Request a free sample.

Want more information about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant? Download IPC’s free P-80® webinar.

Contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

Go Easy with P-80 for Appliance Assembly

Dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, mixers, blenders, and many other appliances are composed of numerous rubber and soft plastic parts. Hoses, O-rings, seals, grommets, plugs, belts and valves are just some of the many parts that can be found in common household appliances. CommonApplianceAssmbly

Rubber’s slip resistant nature can make appliance assembly difficult. Using a temporary rubber lubricant during assembly can make appliance manufacturing much easier. Maintenance and repair of common appliances is also less difficult when temporary assembly lubricants are used to replace belts, O-rings, hoses and seals.

P-80® temporary rubber assembly lubricants significantly reduce friction helping rubber parts slide easily into place.DISHWASHER-DIAGRAM-WITH CAPTION

P-80® lubricants are water-based, and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates so they will not cause rubber to dry out or harden. P-80® does not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry you have a tight fitting part.

Advantages of using P-80® lubricants:

  • Reduce the force required for installation
  • Increase production rates
  • Reduce part breakage and rejects
  • Allow for closer fitting part design
  • Reduce risk of musculoskeletal and slippage related injuries

Interested in learning more?  Download a case study detailing how one major appliance manufacturer benefited from using P-80® to reduce drop test failures.

Stop struggling with rubber parts during appliance repair and assembly. Contact IPC to discover how you can benefit from using P-80 temporary lubricants for appliance assembly and repair.

What is the dry time of P-80®? (And, why it matters)

Why does dry time matter?
P-80® lubricants are temporary assembly lubricants. When P-80 is wet it provides the needed lubrication to reduce the friction of rubber parts during assembly. Once P-80 dries the lubrication ceases and parts stay in place.IPC Tube Group2-WEB

Some assembly applications may benefit from using a quick-drying lubricant. This is often the case in processes where pressure testing takes place immediately after assembly, such as powertrain hose applications. In other assembly operations, achieving maximum lubrication may be the primary goal and dry time is less important.

What is the average dry time for each of the P-80 lubricants?

While all P-80 products are temporary lubricants, the average dry time varies depending upon which P-80 formula you are using. The table below lists the average dry time for each of the P-80 lubricants.

P-80 Formula Estimated Minimum Dry Time
P-80® Emulsion and P-80® Emulsion IFC 1 hour
P-80® THIX and P-80® THIX IFC 2 hours
P-80® Grip-It 20 minutes
P-80® RediLube 20 minutes

Can I adjust the amount of time it takes for P-80 to dry?

The dry time of each of the P-80 formulas can fluctuate depending on the amount applied, part tolerance, material porosity, and temperature. In some cases it can take up to two days for P-80 to fully dry. The dry time of each P-80 lubricant can be altered by changing the variables listed below:

  • Volume of P-80 applied
  • Tolerance of Fitted Parts
  • Porosity of Materials
  • Temperature

If you have tested the above variables and are still not satisfied with the dry time, you may want to try a different P-80 formula.

For a quicker dry time try P-80 RediLube or P-80 Grip-It. For a longer dry time try P-80 THIX.

Contact us to speak with a specialist and request a sample for testing. Download our free P-80 dry time ePaper for more information.

The Best Solution for Easy Automotive Rubber Assembly

There are an amazing number of rubber parts in a single automobile. It can be mindboggling to think of the various rubber components that are involved in the assembly of a car. O-rings, bushings, seals, hoses, engine mounts, belts, gaskets…any number of chassis, engine and suspension components are made of rubber or plastic. 

Rubber is naturally slip resistant, making it difficult to work with at times. Trying to install, remove or manipulate tight fitting rubber components can be a real challenge. Parts that are improperly aligned or installed may result in performance or safety issues. Using a temporary assembly lubricant, like P-80®, makes rubber installation easier and helps to avoid these types of problems.

P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants are designed to decrease the installation force needed to install rubber parts. P-80 lubricants enable rubber parts to slide easily into place with minimal force. Once dry, P-80 stops lubricating and parts remain in place, resulting in a tight fit. Since P-80 does not contain silicon or any other persistent ingredients, once dry the slipping action goes away.

P-80 is used by many automotive OEM’s, suppliers and repair shops to ease the force needed to install rubber parts such as bushings, hoses, O-rings, belts and gaskets. Some common automotive applications are illustrated here:

P-80 lubricants work so well for automotive assembly applications that the full line of P-80 lubricants was awarded with the 2012 North American Automotive Assembly Lubricants Product Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan. Read the full report here.

The next time you’re having trouble pushing a hose into place, inserting a window seal or installing suspension bushings try using P-80 lubricants and see how much easier the job becomes. Temporary lubricants are ideal for automotive use because they reduce the friction needed for assembly and repair without damaging the parts.

Want more information about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant?  Download IPC’s free P-80® webinar.  Want to try P-80 for your automotive assembly needs?  Request a free sample. Or contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

Pump Maintenance in 7 Easy Steps

When things are running smoothly it’s easy to overlook common maintenance chores and rationalize that it’s not worth the time to regularly inspect and replace parts. But nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is that most facilities have several pumps performing a variety of functions that are integral to the successful operationpump-image of the plant. If a pump malfunctions it can be the cause of an entire plant shut down.

Pumps are the cogs in the wheel that keep your facility functioning efficiently, whether they are used for manufacturing processes, HVAC, or water treatment. To keep pumps running properly, a regular maintenance schedule should be implemented and followed.

  1. DETERMINE MAINTENANCE FREQUENCY
    Consult the original manufacturer’s guidelines. Consider the timing to schedule your maintenance. Will lines or pumps have to be disabled? Select a time when the system is down and use common sense when deciding the time and frequency.
  2. OBSERVATION IS KEY
    Get to know your system and make a point to observe your pump while it is still running. Make note of leaks, unusual sounds or vibrations and unusual odors.
  3. SAFETY FIRST
    Make sure machines are properly shut-down before performing your maintenance and/or systems check. Proper isolation is important not only for electrical systems, but for hydraulic systems as well.
  4. MECHANICAL INSPECTION
    1. Check that mounting points are secure
    2. Inspect the mechanical seal and packing
    3. Inspect the pump flanges for leaks
    4. Inspect the couplings
    5. Inspect and clean filters
  5. LUBRICATION
    Lubricate the motor and pump bearing per manufacturer’s guidelines. Be sure not to over lubricate. More bearing damage occurs as a result of over greasing than under greasing. If the bearing has a vent cap, remove the cap and run the pump for 30 minutes before reinstalling cap. This will allow excess grease to work its way out of the bearing.
  6. ELECTRICAL/MOTOR INSPECTION
    1. Check that all terminations are tight
    2. Inspect motor vents and windings for dust/dirt build-up and clean according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
    3. Inspect starter/contractor for arcing, overheating, etc.
    4. Use a megohmmeter on the windings to check for insulation failure
  7. REPLACE DAMAGED SEALS AND HOSES
    If any hoses, seals, or O-rings show wear or damage, replace immediately. Using a temporary rubber assembly lubricant will ensure a tight fit and prevent leaks or slips.

International Products Corporation (IPC) offers a unique line of temporary rubber lubricants. Our P-80® lubricants are available in six water-based formulagroup-p-80s that offer superior lubrication and are compatible with a variety of surfaces. P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, most are biodegradable.
There are numerous lubricants out there, including good old soap and water, so why do you need specially formulated rubber lubricants?  The facts speak for themselves:

P-80 Lubricants

  • Reduces Friction by 70%
  • Provides superior temporary lubrication, is environmentally friendly, is safe for workers, and comes in many biodegradable formulas

Solvents

  • Reduces Friction by 30%
  • Provides poor lubrication, contains high VOCs, may be flammable, and poses possible health risks

Soaps and Detergents

  • Reduces Friction by 30%
  • Provides inconsistent, nominal lubrication and may reactivate when wet

Petroleum Distillates

  • Reduces Friction by 60%
  • Provides sustained lubrication
  • Often incompatible with materials
  • Leaves a heavy residue

P-80 rubber lubricants are temporary, once dry the lubrication ceases and parts stay in place. Additionally, these lubricants will not reactivate in the presence of water and they will not dry out rubber parts.

Keep your facilities running smoothly. Try P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants for your pump maintenance needs. Visit http://www.ipcol.com to speak with a specialist and request a sample for testing. Download our free ePaper and case study discussing P-80 for pump seal maintenance.

All P-80 products are manufactured in the USA by International Products Corporation (IPC) and are readily available worldwide through a network of global distributors.
Contact IPC for a free P-80® sample kit by visiting www.ipcol.com or email parts@ipcol.com.  P-80 is available for purchase online at www.ipcol.com.

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