July 13, 2023
Anyone who has dealt with varnish build-up in their engines knows the damage and malfunctions it can cause. This blog post from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) gives a deep dive into what varnish is and all the issues it can cause.
The article discusses the issue of varnish in lubricant systems and how it can be detected, remediated, and prevented. Varnish is a catch-all term for the byproducts of oil degradation, and it can cause malfunctions in equipment and increase temperatures. The best way to prevent varnish is to avoid allowing breakdown products to accumulate. The article also identifies six major lubricant degradation mechanisms, including oxidation, thermal degradation, microdieseling, electrostatic spark discharge, additive depletion, and contamination, and explains how each one contributes to the formation of varnish. The article concludes that while advancements in detection and remediation have been made, it is essential to address the root cause of the problem to prevent varnish from forming in the first place.
Fortunately, there is a solution that can help prevent varnish formation and remove existing buildup! Hot Shot’s Secret – Stiction Eliminator is an oil treatment engineered to remove stiction, the sludge and varnish created from burnt oil, while lubricating the system to improve performance and reduce engine wear. Its unique formula is designed to remove stiction and improve lubrication, leading to better engine performance and reduced wear. Using Stiction Eliminator, you can protect your equipment and ensure it operates at its best!