Paraffin oil, also known as mineral oil, paraffinum liquidum or liquid paraffin, is a transparent, colorless and odorless oil commonly used as a lubricant, fuel and in cosmetics. It is widely used in the automotive, healthcare, agricultural and aerospace industries.
When rubber is exposed to paraffin oil, it can cause it to become brittle and hard due to the oil's chemical properties. Furthermore, the oil can attract dust and dirt which can cause the rubber to deteriorate and swell. This can cause the rubber to become porous, leaky and potentially even crack. To prevent these failures, it is important to ensure that the rubber is properly sealed against the chemical, or to use rubber compounds designed to be resistant to paraffin oil.
Viton ® o-rings from Marco Rubber offer excellent compatibility with a range of chemicals, oils and resist high temperatures up to 400F. Viton ® is also known as FKM made of fluoroelastomer one of the most versatile and widely used sealing materials.
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