Vaseline is a brand name for petrolatum, which is also known as petroleum jelly. Common uses include moisturizing and protecting the skin, treating minor cuts and scrapes, and providing a sealant for wood, metal and concrete surfaces.
When rubber is exposed to petrolatum, the rubber can become brittle and cracked due to the solvents in the petrolatum. The petrolatum can also cause the rubber to swell and harden, reducing its elasticity and leading to eventual failure. In addition, the petrolatum can cause discoloration and corrosion of the rubber material.
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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