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How to Lubricate an O-Ring

How to lubricate an o-ring, o-ring, lubricate an o-ring, Parker O-Ring Division, Today we’re going to talk about lubrication of O-rings. Lubrication of O-rings is extremely important. The greatest benefit of using a lubricant is typically obtained during installation. Using a lubricant is going to decrease the surface friction of the O-ring helping to prevent abrasion, pinching or cutting of the O-ring during installation. Lubricating an O-ring can also help to seat the O-ring properly into the application, as well as aid and speed up automated assembly processes.

The proper method of applying a lubricant to an O-ring always seems to be an area of concern for many of our customers and there are many methods used in the marketplace.

  • One is to apply the lubricant to the O-ring using your fingers, your hand or a brush.

  • Another is to dip the O-ring into a container of the lubricant.

  • A third method commonly used is to dispense the O-ring lubricant into the seal packaging and use what we call the “shake and bake” method.

The common goal of all of these different lubrication methods is to have a thin uniform film applied to the entire surface of the O-ring when completed. This will ease installation and provide the best friction reduction.

Parker offers the O-Lube and Super O-Lube as well as many other surface treatments to aid in installation. Please visit the Parker O-Ring Division for more information on these products. Watch this video for our demonstration:


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Comments for How to Lubricate an O-Ring

good refrance
Meghan Joyce
Very nice tips. Please suggest me some best friction reducing lubricant oil for machines. I was looking from a long time, your blog is quite helpful.
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Dorothy Kern, Application Engineer Team Lead
Thanks for the question Meghan,

The individual machine manufacturer would be the best able to comment regarding friction reducing oils.

With respect to the O-ring, our two lubricants, O-Lube and Super O-Lube, are both very good. Selection will depend on the O-ring material and the operating temperature of the fluid that is being sealed.

For discussion on selecting an O-ring lubricant, can we offer them to contact us directly at OESmailbox (at) parker (dot) com or to call us at 859-335-5101?

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