How Important Is The Color Of Grease?

Colors have the ability to impact us in several ways. For example, red is associated with passion and a range of emotions, blue creates a sense of security and peace, and yellow offers a sense of happiness and warmth.

For decades, colors have influenced the purchasing capabilities of consumers. Color preferences vary from individual to individual with some preferring light and soothing colors (for example, white) while others prefer bold colors (for example, red). Consumers often purchase grease based on their color preferences. Is this the right approach?

Choosing the right grease

The last few decades have witnessed rapid progress around grease development. Today, there are a wide variety of high temperature greases available for consumers, including aluminum complex, barium complex, calcium sulfonate, and polyurea, among others. The quality and performance of extreme pressure grease is determined by its consistency, water resistance, load-carrying ability, mechanical stability and temperature life. However, many people overlook these traits and buy grease based on its appearance and odor.

Is grease color important?

Grease is available in a wide range of exciting colors. The significance of these colors differ across manufacturers and users. Colors are given to identify grease types. Even though color coding varies across manufacturers, some specifics are common. For example, white is commonly used to represent food grade lubricants that can be used in food processing, packaging and bottling plants.

On the other hand, black is used to represent graphite/moly high temp greases that are used in high-load operating conditions.

Does grease color affect performance?

Many people mistakenly assume that the vibrant colors of grease indicate how they should be used. For example, people think red and blue colors are for high and low temperatures respectively. In reality, color doesn’t have anything to do with a grease’s performance. High-performing greases that work under intense temperatures are available in blue, red, and green, among other colors. These colors vary based on the brand they belong to – so color shouldn’t be the only factor that determines the grease you should purchase.

Extreme temperature grease often changes its color during its life. Such color changes are indicative of issues. For example, grease can lose or gain color due to oxidation, contamination, or thermal degradation. Some greases become milky and this is indicative of water contamination. Grease exposed to constantly high temperatures may lose the intensity of its color. If a grease experiences change in color while in use, then it is a signal that it’s time to change it.

Get in touch with us if you are confused which type of grease to go for. We offer water-resistant grease, extreme pressure greases and high temperature greases for your complex business needs.  We also have other varieties of grease that can be of use for your business. Call us at +91-8104409925 or send an email to sales@molygraph.com and we will help you get pick the right grease for the components in your industry setting.

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