It’s been around since 1938 when Roy J. Plunkett accidentally discovered it while working for DuPoint. Today, it is widely used in the construction, chemical manufacturing, automotive, kitchen equipment, and security industries. We’re talking about Teflon coating, which was invented by Chemours. Since its invention, it’s been developed and is now widely used.
Most people tend to associate Teflon coating with pots and pans in their kitchen. However, Teflon can be used in many other arenas to protect and extend the lifespan of a product.
Let’s take a closer look!
What is Teflon Coating?
Teflon is a trademark name for synthetic resin and a brand name for the chemical compound polytetrafluoroethylene. Today, there are four types of resin, and each one is different from the other:
- PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene
- FEP or fluorinated ethylene propylene copolymer
- PFA or perfluoroalkoxy
- ETFE or ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene
Today, we’re going to focus on the automotive industry, examining which car parts can be Teflon-coated and sprayed and why.
Teflon coatings and its association with the automotive industry came about because the industry wanted a way of protecting vehicles from environmental factors, including extreme weather conditions.
Which Car Parts Can Use Teflon Coating?
Before we get into the why, here’s a list of just some of the automotive parts that can be coated in Teflon:
- Ball bearings
- Exhaust system
- Exposed parts on motorbikes and dirt bikes
- The exterior of the car
- Seatbelt clips
- Windshield wipers
What are the Advantages of Using a Teflon Coating?
Teflon is an attractive proposition for the automotive industry because it lasts so long and is so resistant to water, heat, and chemicals.
Teflon acts as a corrosion preventative for gaskets, fasteners, and pistons. It protects them from degradation and general wear and tear.
It also acts as a great dry lubricant coating for seat belt clips, meaning they work much better when coated.
Teflon is also used as a sealant to prevent wear and tear, which can increase the lifespan of a vehicle if it’s cared for properly. Applying Teflon to ball bearings can prevent corrosion because it reduces friction and abrasion that ball bearings undergo.
If fasteners are coated in Teflon, there’s less likelihood of biological growth such as mold and mildew on a vehicle.
It will protect the underbody of your car where your axel, chassis and exhaust system live.
In particular, it can help protect those areas from rust, especially if you live somewhere that’s humid, close to the sea, or where roads are covered in salt because of ice and snowfall.
Teflon will also protect the outer body of your car. It acts as a sealant for paint, giving a non-stick layer to your car that will even out the paint and keep your car shiny and looking new.
Teflon can also serve as a clear coat for your paint. This helps make your vehicle more resistant to scratches and swirl marks. Where parts are exposed to the elements, for example, on dirt bikes or motorcycles, adding a Teflon coating can prevent corrosion and rust.
It’s also used on windshield wipers. Its non-stick properties mean it repels water, and the wipers can move over a windshield without getting stuck.
A Roundup of the Perks Surrounding Teflon Coatings
There are so many pros to protecting your automotive parts with Teflon, so let’s list some of the most popular reasons:
It Cleans Itself
It’s non-stick, so dirt and grime don’t hang around, clinging to parts and surfaces.
Teflon lasts a long time and is resistant to high and low temperatures. It can take continuous exposure to temperatures of up to 260 degrees centigrade and much higher temperatures for shorter periods.
It can also withstand freezing temperatures as low as -454 degrees Fahrenheit, without losing any of its physical properties. It’s also not affected by ultraviolet light.
It’s non-flammable. That’s why it’s used in kitchens, too. It can take high temperatures because it has a high melting point and auto-ignition temperature.
It’s resistant to chemicals, especially corrosive ones.
Durable and Versatile
Because Teflon is non-stick, it means that pretty much any kind of substance won’t stick to something that’s covered in Teflon.
It also has a low friction factor, ranging from 0.05 to 0.20. Also, its coating doesn’t get wet, so any surface is easy to clean.
It repels water, and because it’s non-stick, water is moved off the surface with ease.
Wear and Tear
Teflon protects parts from wear and tear because of its low friction. This is especially true for moving parts. It means they slide easier and are less exposed to fire risk.
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