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May 24, 2019

NuGenTec's Approach to Silicone Oil Removal NuSolv SOR Series. A New Patent Pending Product Line.

How To: Silicone Oil Removal.


As anyone who’s attempted silicone oil removal knows, silicone oils spread a thin film over everything they touch.  Because silicone oil is hydrophobic, it requires a bit more than a good scrub to remove. In fact, when using a detergent for silicone oil removal, the silicone oil will avoid the water tenaciously; dropping out of emulsification and redepositing onto the surface.

Because it is difficult to lift silicone oils and keep them in solution, approaches to silicone oil removal are often aggressive, can be dangerous and can cause damage to the material being cleaned.

Silicone Oil Removal: Out With the Old, in With the New.

The traditional approach to silicone oil removal alters the material being cleaned and poses hazards to human health.  The old generation of silicone oil removal methods use halogenated solvents combined with extremely high or low pH to “activate” the solution and break siloxane bonds. This aggressive approach can damage part components and discolor surfaces.

NuGenTec approached the field of silicone oil removal with the following knowledge about consumer needs:
  1. Some processes require aqueous silicone oil removal while others require a non-aqueous, solvent chemistry.
  2. Whether aqueous or solvent-based, the process requires a safe cleaner that doesn’t corrode the substrate.
  3. Traditional methods for silicone oil removal are slow, taking as long as 45 minutes; NuGenTec believes silicone oil removal should be both efficacious and efficient.

With these assumptions, NuGenTec formulated three Silicone Oil Removers that are safer, more effective, faster-acting and less costly than any other silicone oil remover on the market.  

Using Solvents for Silicone Oil Removal

For solvent chemistry, NuGenTec’s NuSolv SOR Silicone Oil & Adhesive Remover and NuSolv SOR-C Non-flammable Silicone Oil & Adhesive Remover are the top of the line.

NuSolv SOR Silicone Oil & Adhesive Remover cleans:
  • Silicone oils and adhesives 
  • Silicone conformal coatings
  • Fluxes
  • Pastes
  • Organic residues 
  • Grease
The benefits of NuSolv SOR:
  • Drop-in replacement for Dow Corning Dowsil OS-10, OS-20, OS-30, and OS-50.
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Nontoxic
  • Rinse-Free
  • Works at Ambient Temperature
  • Non-corrosive
Read about VOC health effects on our post about the Zero-VOC, Amine-Free NuStrip RH.

NuSolv SOR-C Silicone Oil & Adhesive Remover cleans:
  • Silicone oils and adhesives
  • Uncured silicone conformal coatings
  • Fluxes
  • Pastes 
  • Organic residues
  • Greases
The benefits of NuSolv SOR-C:
  • Drop-in replacement for Dow Corning OS-30 and Dow Corning OS-50
  • Nontoxic
  • Works at Ambient Temperature
  • Non-corrosive
Then, of course, there is speed to consider.  While other solvent mixtures take up to 45 minutes for silicone oil removal, NuSolv SOR and NuSolv SOR-C perform silicone oil removal in less than 2 minutes.

Using Aqueous Cleaner for Silicone Oil Removal

NuWet SOR-A  Aqueous Silicone Oil & Grease Remover is a formulation of synergistic solvents and surfactants that lift silicone oil and keep it from redepositing. NuWet SOR-A cleans:
  • Silicone oils and greases 
  • Inks polishing and buffing compounds
  • Oils
  • Fingerprints
  • Drawing compounds
  • Metalworking fluids
  • Pastes
  • Organic residues
  • Adhesives   
The benefits of NuWet SOR-A:
  • Nontoxic
  • Aqueous
  • Perfect for Ultrasonic Cleaning
  • Safe for use on most plastic and metal substrates, including Aluminum.
While traditional approaches use extreme pH levels and toxic solvents, NuWet SOR-A is only mildly alkaline and is nontoxic, making it safe for the workplace and safe to use on most metals and plastics, including Aluminum.  In fact, a NuWet SOR-A bath can be disposed of without a dangerous goods classification.

NuGenTec: Redefining Chemistry

If you are seeking healthier, more environmentally responsible, and less costly alternatives for your industrial processes, contact NuGenTec today.  Click here for more info on silicone oil removal.