Peace and quiet in the car interior thanks to solid film lubricants
When vehicle components made of plastic, elastomers, or leather start to vibrate and then rub against one another while driving, annoying noises can occur as a result of the so-called stick-slip phenomenon. However, it is possible to eliminate these creaking and squeaking noises through the use of anti-friction coatings. When a solid film lubricant is applied, it forms a wafer-thin dry film. This separates the surfaces of the components from one another, thus resulting their static friction, which in turn allows stick-slip to be avoided.
Solid film lubricants already represent a virtually indispensable design element in today‘s automotive industry. They are special tribological coatings that contain micrometer-sized solid lubricant particles in a binder matrix. They enhance the surface of components with a wear-resistant and friction-minimizing layer. In addition to this, solid film lubricants can contain further functional additives which, for example, protect metal parts from corrosion, offer UV protection, or can be colored on request. The use of solid film lubricants also offers further benefits over conventional oil or grease lubrication. Once applied, the surface of the solid film lubricant forms a dry-to-the-touch and strongly adhesive lubricating film. This prevents dirt from accumulating and dust particles from sticking to the components.