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CorrosionX Lubricant and Penetrant
by Dr. Oneida Cramer

CorrosionX is a space age household miracle, some people say. Certainly, it?s on its way to becoming a staple for the 21st century smart house. And someday, CorrosionX may supplant that can of WD-40 found in 90% of today?s homes.

Not only is CorrosionX a long lasting lubricant and penetrant, it can absolutely eliminate many electrical and mechanical problems with judicious application, according to J.D. Hill with Corrosion Technology Corporation (

?It started out as a product to prevent corrosion in airplanes,? said Jim Van Gilder, owner of Corrosion Technology Corporation. Van Gilder introduced CorrosionX to the market in 1993 after he bought the formulation from his friend, David Worrell, a self taught hobby chemist who developed the compound over a period of 20 years. Today, from company headquarters in Garland, Van Gilder manufactures and distributes worldwide a complete line of corrosion products for aviation, marine, industry, agriculture, automotive, and the house. Over the years, people have discovered more and more household applications for CorrosionX all the way from quieting squeaky ball bearings in recliners to eliminating the electrical connection static in a home audio system.

?We get a lot of calls from people who solve problems in that way,? Van Gilder said. ?A fellow uses it on elevators down in Florida, where they have a lot of corrosion on the switches. All they do is spray it.? If you have corrosion on your computer board, spray the board and the corrosion goes away. The product will work on circuit breakers when corrosion is the problem?not if the circuit breaker is generally weak, however. CorrosionX is also great for lubricating sliding glass doors and for problem locks. In fact, Master Lock puts CorrosionX on their locks and keys

An amazing demonstration of a television set turned on and broadcasting while submerged in a large vat of CorrosionX came to the attention of Verizon, and now Verizon uses CorrosionX with their phone systems. Homeowners can also eliminate phone static simply by spraying CorrosionX on all electrical connections, both inside and outside.

So, what kind of a product is CorrosionX?

?It?s a fluid thin film,? said Edward Kollin, chemist at Corrosion Technology Corporation and the person responsible for reformulating the product two years ago to meet current military specifications. ?Unlike a barrier coating (such as paint), CorrosionX can be used on electrical connections because it does not interfere with electrical conductivity.? Instead, it behaves as a chemically active material and it does so on a variety of metal surfaces. (A metal surface is defined as electrically conductive, and the chemical reaction is called polar bonding.) CorrosionX molecules are active because they have electrical charges at one end (the active end), which drives the CorrosionX molecule to the metal surface. This driving force is so powerful, comparable to the force of a magnet attracted to steel, that the CorrosionX molecules push away anything in the way of making contact with the metal. Consequently, these molecules bust up and blow off things like corrosion, water, electrolytes, and dirt.

The active end of the CorrosionX molecule also has a very flexible polar head group. In fact, it is this flexibility that allows the charges to re-distribute themselves over the surface of the head group and enables the molecules to conform to the available space around the metal surface in order to make the tightest possible chemical bonds. Since different metals have different characteristics, CorrosionX contains a variety of different inhibitors, each capable of bonding alone and synergistically to one or more metals irrespective of the surface characteristics of the metal.

At the other end of the CorrosionX molecule is a large tail of oil soluble hydrocarbons. And these non-polar ends add to the effectiveness of the molecules as inhibitors.

?Most oils do not carry a charge,? Ed said. ?They are exceedingly neutral and that?s the reason they do not mix with water.? In essence, here is a molecule that does certain things on one side and different things on the other?somewhat like soap.

?The reason that soap works is that it?s a tiny bit more water soluble than it is oil soluble. So, when you mix it in water to wet it and rub it on your hands, the oil soluble part of the molecule goes into the oil and dirt on your hands. Then, when you wash the soap off with water, the soap comes off and takes the dirt with it.?

In the case of the CorrosionX inhibitor molecules, the non-polar ends cause the molecules to leapfrog over each other so that the active ends can reach the metal while the rest of the molecules squeeze into a one-molecule-layer over the surface of the metal. Lined up along the metal with all their active ends tightly bound to the metal and all the non-polar tails projecting away from the metal, the molecules collectively form a barrier that blocks water, dirt, and electrolytes from reaching the metal surface. Consequently, corrosion cannot form on the metal as long as the inhibitors remain in place, which is indeed a long-term process. The reaction is not totally irreversible. So, depending upon the environmental elements, CorrosionX may need to be reapplied.

CorrosionX spreads widely along the surface of metal just like oil spreads over water. So, a drop of CorrosionX goes well beyond the areas of corrosion and over clean metal surface.

?Even better than using CorrosionX as a penetrant to get rid of rust and corrosion is using it to prevent the build up of corrosion in the first place,? Hill said. ?That?s my favorite use of it?spraying a garage door chain, any kind of electrical motors, fuse boxes, and when building a house.?

?Every single connection, every electrical component in a smart house?that?s every computer connection, every stereo type connection (that?s audio/video connection) every power connection,? Kollin said, ?it?s better to do that (spray with CorrosionX) once in your house and not have to worry because what would you do if you?ve got a bad computer or audio/video connection in the middle of the wall?bust a hole in the wall??

-by Dr. Oneida Cramer
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