Storing Rustlick B

Posted June 30, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: What type of secondary container may we use safely for Rustlick B?  Any materials to avoid?

ANSWER: You can use plastic, steel or glass containers to store Rustlick B, but avoid containers made from aluminum or yellow metal (brass, bronze, copper). Be sure to CLEARLY label the container with the product name and hazard information.

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Switch From a Synthetic Coolant to a Semi-Synthetic to Eliminate Rust & Skin Irritation

Posted June 27, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: I am looking at possibly replacing my current coolant. I am having problems with the coolant leaving residue behind after the parts have dried. I work in a powder metal facility and it is a very porous material to work with. Also at this time of the year I face major rusting issues with the humidity. Your help in what may be a viable product for these types of conditions would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER: It sounds like you are using a synthetic coolant. Synthetic coolants are prone to residues and poor corrosion protection. Are you grinding or machining? Is it steel, aluminum? 

I recommend you try a semi-synthetic coolant ( also known as semichemical fluids). Look for a semi-synthetic coolant that is safe on all metals and offers superior resistance to bacteria and fungus. Pay particular attention to the percent content of oil. A semi-synthetic with around 25% oil will help with your corrosion problems as well as eliminate the problems you are having with residues being left behind after the water evaporates.

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Treating Fungus in Metalworking Fluids

Posted June 15, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: I have a customer that has a fungus issue.  They have administered the initial 2 oz per 10 gal dose & thoroughly cleaned out the machines.   With fresh coolant, what is your recommendation of dosing the tanks and how often?  This was a mild case of fungus…contained to the tanks, not causing any machine failures. 

ANSWER: I am glad to hear that your customer administered the initial dose and cleaner their machines, they have a much better chance of successfully eliminating their fungus problem because they have taken those steps. For follow-up dosing they can use the attached Dosing Schedule, please let them know it is very important to always use a full dose.


  1. Confirm the size of the system at the current operating level and determine the amount of Triadine needed to treat the system, there is a handy chart with the Dosing Schedule.
  2. Carefully measure the biocide dose before adding it to the reservoir.
  3. To ensure proper mixing, make post treatment additions of Triadine into areas of the metalworking fluid reservoir where there is good circulation.
  4. For the biocide to be most effective, the addition should be made after any other required chemical, metalworking fluid concentrate, or make-up water addition.

Your customer should exercise caution when using this product, always consult the MSDS before using any chemical. Avoid contact with eyes and skin and keep away from unnecessary mist, particularly right after adding Triadine to the sump.

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Coolant Exposure in an Unenclosed Machine

Posted June 13, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: I am concerned about the safety and effects of an operator coming in contact with these coolants while use with a manual lathe. The operator will be getting these chemicals on skin and possibly breath smoke as temperatures heat coolant at times of extreme machining of stainless steel and other metals. I understand that most CNC machines are enclosed but many manual machines are not.

ANSWER: This is a difficult question to answer: the best answer is always to minimize exposure to any chemical, whether it be a coolant or some other chemical like lawn fertilizer.  I always recommend the operator minimize contact with the coolant by using gloves and other personal protective equipment. It would very helpful if an exhaust system could be used, but if that isn’t feasible, use a fan to blow any smoke and/or mist away from the operator so they aren’t breathing in any of the smoke or mist.

 It is also very important to properly maintain any coolant the operator is coming into contact with. Foreign contaminants, bacteria, tramp oil, and fungus in the coolant can create a potential health hazard for the operator so good coolant housekeeping procedures are especially important in the case of machines without enclosures. Your fluid provider should be able to help you establish coolant maintenance procedures if you don’t already have them in place.

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Replace a 20 Year Old Accu-Lube Applicator

Posted June 5, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: I want to replace an older Accu-lube micro-applicator with a new model on one of my horzizontal band saws, the old model # is LS-2010-99F or LS-2010-44F. The old one has air hooked up to it all the time and the unit is cycled by 110 VAC fed from the saw when the blade runs. The working parts are housed inside a blue plastic box with a 20 oz. reservoir on top and has two hoses coming off it to direct the coolant to each side of the saw blade. I guess the unit to be close to 20 years old. Could you tell me what the 2011 part number for a new unit is and where we can purchase one.

ANSWER: An old LS99 was a two nozzle applicator with a 110vac solenoid on/off control, probably with our old brass style pumps and it sounds like you had a upgraded 1 quart reservoir installed on it instead of the standard 10oz reservoir.

Today we would recommend a part # 02A1-STD and then upgrade the reservoir to a quart size if you wish:

  • PN 02A1-STD: Two Pump Accu-Lube Applicator with 110VAC electric solenoid on/off control 
  • PN 9381:  1qt. reservoir 

You could also consider our new sawing packages which take advantage our new nozzles specifically designed for saws. You can see more about our saw nozzles at

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Add ULTRACUT 250R on Top of WS-5050?

Posted June 1, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: I have been running Rustlick WS-5050 in my vertical machining center’s flood coolant tank but don’t like the way it sometimes corrodes my tooling, machine table, way covers, etc.  I use Rustlick Ultracut 250R in my open machine spray-mist applications and am much happier with the way it performs.  I have plenty of the Ultracut 250R on hand and would like to start using it in my vertical machine center, can I simply add Ultracut 250R to the sump with WS-5050, can the two products be mixed? It would be great if I could simplify.

ANSWER: I have good news, you can mix WS-5050 and Ultracut 250R, they are both water-soluble coolants from the same manufacturer so there is little risk of chemical interactions. However, if there is a lot more risk involved when you combine coolants from different manufacturers because the basic chemistry of the products is likely to be very different and unexpected interactions may occur. That said, if contaminated is what is causing your corrosion problems, or if you have bacteria or fungus problems, mixing the two coolants is not likely to solve any problems.

 To minimize the risk of making the problem worse, I highly recommend you test the concentration and pH of the WS-5050 sump, it is also a good idea to test for bacteria and fungus. If everything is within the normal range then you are clear to switch to Ultracut 250R.

Please be aware, the primary difference between WS-5050 and Ultracut 250R is that WS-5050 has chlorinated EP additives and Ultracut 250R does not contain chlorine. This means you may need to adjust the speeds in your vertical machine center slightly and if you are running really heavy-duty applications you might experience very minor loss of tool life. The main thing is to be aware of potential changes, chances are the only thing that will change when you switch to Ultracut 250R is improved corrosion protection, but it is important you monitor for any changes so you can address and correct them before a new problem develops. 

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Soluble Oil Coolant for Grinding?

Posted May 23, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: We have been using Rustlik ultracut 250R for years in our lathe and mill and are happy with it.  We are considering using it in our infrequently used surface grinder as well.  Would this be appropriate?  It would be useful if we can use the same cutting fluid in all three machines.

ANSWER: ULTRACUT 250R will work well in your grinding application as long as you run it at a pretty low concentration, I would try 3% as a starting point. The two drawbacks are coolant made specifically for grinding are typically full synthetics which tend to degrade more slowly than soluble oils (ULTRACUT 250R is a soluble oil) which might cause problems with an infrequently used machine and grinding coolant are usually less expensive that other types of coolants.  

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Blanchard Grinding Coolant

Posted April 15, 2011 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: I am looking for a nonfoaming coolant for a machine we don’t use every day, what we currently use starts to smell horrible after sitting for a day or two.

ANSWER: For some reason I always get these type questions on a Monday morning. Probably because you have bacteria in your sump and after a weekend of it setting stagnant when you turn on the grinder this morning the smell of rotten eggs was overwhelming.

 Let’s solve one problem at a time.  Best guess is that you have a bacteria problem in your sump. You will have to go through a clean out process that not only cleans out the old fluid but also “sanitizes” the sump.  If you don’t go through the second step then you will have the same problem in about 4 to 6 weeks.  The product you want is called Grotan, it is probably one of the best biocides you can use and it is an industry standard for killing bacteria.  Just follow the directions on the tech data sheet.

 Next problem you have is intermittent use.  Even if the grinder doesn’t get used but once every few weeks you still have to maintain it on a daily basis.  Most cutting and grinding fluids have some sort of bacteria prevention additive built into them but it is replenished only a daily basis when you top off your tank.  If your tank sits idle for weeks at a time, the bacteria continues to grow and sooner or later you overwhelm the additive and you have a smell problem.  There are two ways you can help prevent this.  First is run your sump a couple of hours every day.  Bacteria likes a warm quiet place to grow and the agitation helps your fluid hold down the growth.  Next you have two alternatives:  You can add a little Grotan to your sump weekly when you aren’t running it for production to keep bacteria down, or you can add coolant based on pH as well as your refractometer reading.  (pH goes down when bacteria is growing). 

 Last problem: foaming. Blanchard grinders are famous “Foamers”.  You will need to use a synthetic fluid (oil based fluids foam more than synthetics).  I would recommend Rustlick G-25J.  Please remember, if you don’t do the proper cleaning of your grinder and use some bactericide to sterilize your machine, any product will probably fail for the same reasons as before.  You must clean properly, then maintain properly or all products will fail.

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LB-2000 versus LB-6000

Posted December 27, 2010 by itwfpg
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QUESTION:  We recently purchased a Flex-Arm tapping system with an air-spray lubricator for the tap and the supplier recommended LB-2000 for our application.
We tap 12 gauge mild steel panels and then apply a white powder coating. The tapped holes are masked with a rubber plug prior to powder coating.
Since switching to the LB-2000, we are experiencing discoloration in the powder coat around the tapped holes. It appears that LB-2000 is leaving a residue in the holes that is then being forced out by the heat of the cure oven, (approx 400 deg F).

We may be using the lubricant a little too heavily but we aren’t using enough to cause puddling. But it is visible in the air mist when the lubricator operates.
Is LB-2000 the best choice in this application?  I notice a note about “cleaning required before heat-treating”.  Would one of your low viscosity products such as LB-6000 be a better choice for parts getting powder coated, since they do not require cleaning prior to heat-treating?

ANSWER: You are exactly correct.  The LB-6000 will burn off and should not interfere with the powder coating.  If you find that LB-6000 doesn’t have enough lubricity and you lose tool life, you can switch toLB-6100 which has EP additives to increase performance. These EP additives don’t burn off but they are precent in very small quantities so it won’t be a problem.

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When to Change Your EDM Oil

Posted December 22, 2010 by itwfpg
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QUESTION: How often do you recommend changing out EDM/dielectic oil?

ANSWER: It really differs from company to company; I would say if you notice any loss of performance or if the fluid is getting dirty, that is a good time. However, most people go years without changing their oil, they just topping it off when it runs low.

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