Loxeal 58-11 Thread Sealant - Plumber trusted and preferred

Bromic recommends Loxeal 58-11 Thread Sealant for multiple applications. Manufactured in Italy to global standards, it boasts high performance and minimised cure time. But before you choose a product, it’s important to consider a range of factors and today, we’re going to go into what they are and the differences between thread sealant and sealing tape.

 

The Fundamentals of Sealing 

When you need a seal to be watertight or gastight, it’s critical that the space between the male and female threaded connections is completely filled. If it’s not, the result will be leaks and reduced flow. Either a PTFE (*Polytetrafluoroethylene) liquid thread sealant or a PTFE sealing tape can be used but it depends on the purpose and the kind of seal you’re working on. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Thread sealants feature five important properties:

  1. Adhesion – In order to achieve efficient sealing, the sealant must adhere to the material to which it is being applied.

  2. Consistency/viscosity – A sealant must have the right consistency or viscosity for it to correctly level itself on the thread.

  3. Longevity – The length of time for which a sealant provides an effective seal will depend on the application, vibration, media, temperature and pressure.

  4. Chemical compatibility – In order to ensure appropriate grip and eliminate the possibility of failure, there must be chemical compatibility between the pipe material, the media that flows through it and the sealant used.

  5. VOC content – For industrial applications, VOC (volatile organic compounds) in the media must be considered in sealants that contain solvents, as VOCs can emit irritants.

*Polytetrafluoroethylene is a fluoropolymer, i.e. a plastic that contains fluorine atoms. It has a very high melting point of 327°C so it won’t melt and it is hydrophobic, meaning it won’t dissolve in water. PTFE is chemically inert; it will not dissolve or break down in common organic solvents and it is low friction (slippery) which makes it resistant to sticking.

Liquid thread sealants vs tape sealants – how they compare

Liquid thread sealants are anaerobic adhesives that can be used in various applications including gas (LPG and Natural Gas), water, oils, hydrocarbons and other chemicals. They have a higher pressure rating than that of sealing tape and when applied correctly, can create a much longer lasting seal on your fittings. With some products, curing can take up to 24 hours so it’s important that the fitting is not used until the seal has been cured properly. Read on to discover the Loxeal products we recommend for a more rapid cure time.

PTFE sealing tape is also referred to as ‘plumber’s tape’ or ‘Teflon tape’ and is typically used for water fittings. It has adhesive properties so that it will stick to the material it’s being used on meaning it seals effectively. When determining whether to use sealing tape, the material of the pipe and fittings as well as the compatibility of what goes through the pipe should be considered. Chemical, temperature, pressure or vibrational incompatibility can be a problem, causing the tape to break down, resulting in failure of the seal or a blockage. Additionally, if applied incorrectly, sealing tape can bunch up as the fitting is being screwed into place, leading to an ineffective seal.

Why Bromic recommends Loxeal Thread Sealants

Bromic offers a range of Loxeal liquid thread sealants which are favoured among professional tradespeople. They are manufactured by Italian company Loxeal Engineering Adhesives, leaders in technically advanced adhesives and sealants. The products perform at the highest requirements while meeting worldwide accreditations and regulations in the fields of gas sealing, potable water and medical devices. Loxeal is trusted and preferred by plumbers and trades across the globe.

Loxeal 58-11 High Pressure Thread Sealant – Ideal for sealing threaded metal to metal joints, Loxeal 58-11 seals against water, gas, LPG, hydrocarbons, oils and other chemicals. It provides functional sealing against moderate pressure in 1 to 3 hours, is shock- and vibration-resistant and boasts sealing properties over working temperature range from -55°C to more than 150°C. Available in 50ml, 100ml and 250ml tubes.

14 excellent reasons to choose Loxeal 58-11

  1. The ideal choice for sealing threaded metal to metal joints.
  2. Can also be used on metals including cast iron, steel, copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminium and zinc plating.
  3. Recommended for kitchen, laundry and bathroom applications.
  4. Highly viscous: once oxygen is expelled from the sealant it will activate and start to cure.
  5. Rapid cure time: fitting is functional in under 3 hours.
  6. Shock- and vibration-resistant.
  7. Drip-proof.
  8. Suitable for temperature range from -55°C to above 150°C.
  9. Non-toxic.
  10. Made in Italy to exacting standards.
  11. Safe for use with potable water.
  12. AGA (Australian Gas Association) approved.
  13. Easy to use and suitable for professionals and DIYers alike. Suitable for multiple applications including gas (LPG and Natural Gas), water, hydrocarbons, oils and a range of chemicals.
  14. No shrinkage and no cracking.

Other sealing options available from Bromic

Bromic also stocks Loxeal 18-10 Medium Pressure Thread Sealant and Loxeal Silicone Tap Grease for use with taps, plumbing fittings, hinges, tools and other general applications. As for sealing tapes, we offer Bromic Supa-Seal brand PTFE white string tape (water and gas), PTFE pink tape (acids, bases, solvents and chemicals) and PTFE yellow tape (unsuitable for fluorine, some fluoride chemicals and melted alkali metals) products.

You can find the above products through leading hardware and plumbing suppliers across Australia and New Zealand.