See how temporary lubricants can make your job easier.

How many times have you tried to push an O-ring into place only to have it pop right back out? Or tried to push a rubber hose into a pipe only to find it wouldn’t slide into place because the fit was just too tight? These tasks can be very frustrating and often require considerable physical effort and time.

Rubber materials are inherently difficult to install, remove or otherwise manipulate — even when wet. The slip-resistant nature of rubber creates a challenge during the assembly and repair of rubber parts. Common assembly problems that might occur include rolling O-rings, uneven cuts, worker injury, and ill-fitting, misaligned or damaged parts. Using temporary rubber assembly lubricants can solve these problems.

Temporary rubber assembly lubricants can:

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1. Reduce installation force
A thin film of lubricant applied to a part fills in any gaps, holes or spaces between two separate surfaces, letting them slide across each other. By reducing the surface tension between the two surfaces, rubber parts can slide into place easily, providing a tight fit.

2. Achieve closer fits
Engineers can design lower tolerance parts. The force needed to install the parts when a lubricant is used is greatly reduced. Because the lubrication is only temporary, once dry, the parts stay in place resulting in a tight fit.

3. Improve product performance
Improper part alignment can lead to part failure and safety issues. Using a rubber assembly lubricant, which lets the parts slide easily into place, can solve these problems by reducing or eliminating damage to parts.

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4. Increase production rates
Applying an assembly lubricant to the rubber part makes the rubber slippery, so parts can easily slide into place. After the lubricant dries, the lubricity goes away and mated parts maintain a tight fit. The assembly process becomes more productive because it is easier and quicker.

5. Help to avoid worker injuries
Lubricants reduce the insertion force needed for rubber assembly. Workers can more easily push parts into place, reducing the amount of musculoskeletal, slippage and repetitive stress related injuries that can be caused by using too much force to insert a rubber part.

The next time you’re having trouble replacing a pump seal, inserting a grommet or pushing a hose into place, try using a temporary rubber assembly lubricant and see how much easier the job becomes. Temporary lubricants are ideal for rubber assembly because they reduce the friction needed to assemble parts.

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Want more information about temporary rubber assembly lubricants, including how to use them and factors to consider when choosing a lubricant? Download IPC’s free P-80 webinar. Or contact our technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

About International Products Corporation
Founded in 1923, International Products Corporation manufactures specialty cleaners and temporary assembly lubricants at its ISO 9001-certified facility in Burlington, New Jersey. The company is dedicated to providing safe, high-quality cleaners and lubricants with minimal lead time. For more information, visit

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