Last updated: April 20, 2019

What Does Oleophobic Mean?

Oleophobic refers to the physical property possessed by a material that is characterized by a lack of affinity to oils. Oleophobic materials are resistant to the penetration or adhesion of oils. Such materials are often used in the production of corrosion preventive coating substances.


Corrosionpedia Explains Oleophobic

When used to protect metallic substrate surfaces from corrosion attack, oleophobic coatings are evaluated for the following key properties:

  • Low surface friction
  • Ease of lubrication
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Anti-soiling tendency

There are two main oleophobic coat types: fluoropolymer and nano. The best type to use is dependent on the substrate's intended application. For example:

  • Pipes and tubes – Fluoropolymer coating
  • Automotive industry – Nano and fluoropolymer coatings
  • Medical instruments and equipment – Nano and fluoropolymer coatings
  • Consumer electronics and touch screens – Nano coatings

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