Have you considered Teflon to protect your parts from corrosion?

Corrosion is a problem that plagues a wide variety of industries. From marine environments to drilling, there are any number of corrosive substances that can eat away at and damage your machinery, halting production and hurting your bottom line. There’s a wide variety of solutions to protect against corrosion, but time and time again, customer seem surprised when we suggest Teflon as a solution to their woes.

The chemical composition of Teflon renders it chemically inert, or in other words, unreactive. At its heart, Teflon is an organic compound. Organic compounds typically have very slow reaction rates. Fluorine is the key component of Teflon and it belongs to the halogen group of elements on the periodic table. Halogens are the second most stable group of elements in existence, second only to the noble gases. You’ll never see Teflon as the participant of an exciting and explosive chemical reaction like we all fantasized about doing during chemistry class.

So what does this mean for your machinery? It means Teflon completely halts the chemical reaction that results in the corrosion problems experienced by machinery. Sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, and nitric acid have been shown to have no effect on Teflon up to concentrations of 90%.

You do have to be mindful of the abrasives in your environment, purpose of your parts, and the temperatures you’re operating at. Teflon can only withstand continuous operating temperatures of around 260 °C before it becomes ineffective. It also isn’t the most durable coating possible, meaning if your machinery is being bombarded by rocks or other objects likely to do physical damage, your coating is going to wear away quickly and take all its fantastic corrosion protection with it. 

Curious if Teflon is a good corrosion protection option for you?

Contact your ACE prevention experts today and find out. 

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