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See us test a Structural Acrylic Adhesive – Weicon RK-1300

Weicon RK-1300 Construction Adhesive

If you are looking for an adhesive that you can rely on for high strength bonding then you should give Weicon RK-1300 Structural Adhesive a try. It’s a two part acrylic glue that can be used for creating ultra-high strength bonds between a range of different materials including metal, wood, ceramic, glass, stone and most plastics.

RK-1300 has excellent impact, sheer and peel resistance  and is quick and easy to use (watch the video to find out how). Once applied, RK-1300 reaches handling strength in just 6 minutes so if you need to form high strength bonds quickly, this is your solution.

But what good is simply telling you that it creates strong bonds, we’d rather show you. Which is why we put together this short video. We don’t want to tell you exactly how much he weighs, but those of you who know our Sydney Sales Manager Tim know that he’s a big man. Will a bond made with RK-1300 hold his weight? Watch the video to find out.

RK-1300 is just one adhesive from our huge range of adhesives and sealants. For other types, you can check out the range here. For more information, including technical and safety data, head over to the product page or contact us direct.

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Epoxy Resin Putty for Balancing Electric Motors

Weicon Epoxy Resin Putty Balancing Electric Motor

When we found out one of the highest-selling products from our Weicon line was none other than Epoxy Resin Putty, we became curious to know what our customers were using it for. After all, there are so many uses for this universal repair epoxy. It can be used to repair, fix, seal, patch, anchor, mould and balance. However it was the last one, ‘balancing’ that kept popping up when we spoke with many of our customers and we must say the feedback we have received about the product for this application has been overwhelmingly positive.

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So what is balancing? It has to do with electric motors.

Inside all electric motors is what’s known as a rotor. This is the part that rotates due to the interaction between the windings and the magnetic fields. A rotor can become unbalanced from either fixed (non-symmetrical design or manufacture) or variable sources (shifting or distortion during use). Unbalance in an electric motors is a problem as it generally causes vibration, wear and tear on the bearings and inefficient operation, which means it needs to be fixed, fast! The process undertaken to rectify the problem is known as dynamic balancing.

Balancing Electric Motors with a Hard-Setting, Kneadable Repair Compound

To balance a rotor, Electric Motor Rewinders require a hard-setting epoxy that will bond well to whichever part of the rotor needs to be balanced. This is why they use Weicon Epoxy Resin Putty. It’s a kneadable repair compound that bonds well to most materials including metal, glass, wood, rubber, ceramics, concrete and most plastics and sets very hard (87 Shore D).

To perform the operation, the motor is placed on a balancing machine and rotated with a belt or end drive. The balancing machine is then able to generate a report, telling you how much weight to add and where. To apply the correct amount of weight to the right place, rewinders apply an epoxy compound.

Epoxy Resin Putty used as a balancing compound for an electric motor rewind

There are several reasons Motor Repairers choose to use Weicon Epoxy Resin Putty over other products. First of all, it’s simple to use. All you need to do is prepare it for use is measure and cut off equal amounts of the two parts (A & B), then thoroughly knead them together. You don’t need to use the whole kit either and can add or subtract while it’s still curing.

Our customers have also made mention of the fact that they really appreciate part’s A & B being coloured differently (blue and yellow) so they don’t get confused which one to use. This is also beneficial as they can tell when the compound is properly mixed because it turns a uniform green colour when ready for use.

They also love the cure time. Epoxy resin putty reaches mechanical strength in just two hours and full cure in 3 hours, which is quicker than many epoxy compounds on the market. It also bonds well to most materials and does this before achieving a fully cured state to make the whole process faster.

Once cured, it is able to be milled, drilled, filed or machined and resists attack from fuels, oils, sale water, most acids and lye.

What else can Weicon Epoxy Resin Putty be used for?

Besides balancing electric motors, this universal repair compound can be used for a whole range of other applications. Some of these include:

♦  Repair and Sealing of Pipes and Tanks.
♦  Anchoring of screws and hooks.
♦  Repairing of shafts, bearings, pumps and casings.
♦  Making patterns, moulds and samples.

Epoxy Resin Putty used to recondition a labrynth seal

Epoxy Resin Putty has a minimum shelf life of 18 months, meaning it is perfect to keep on hand in case of an unexpected or emergency situation. It is available in 100gm, 400gm and 800gm Kits. For further inquiries, pricing, or to place and order, contact us now!

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Silica Insulation Cloth for High Heat Applications

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Refrasil Silica Insulation Cloth Range

Refrasil High Temperature Silica Insulation Cloths are thin, woven textiles manufactured from high quality silica fibres (>96% silica content). This gives them the ability to withstand extremely high temperatures, making them perfect for use as use for a range of insulation applications.

All Refrasil Cloths have good resistance to oxidization, corrosive chemicals and present no known health hazards (unlike other forms of fibre insulation) which means you don’t need to wear protective clothing when using them.

Why would you need a heat resistant cloth?

Refrasil Cloths are used heavily throughout a range of different industries including shipbuilding and repair, power plants and utilities, metal fabrication workshops and foundry’s as well as for glass-making, heat treating and in almost any application that requires thermal insulation or heat containment.

Some of the main applications include: 

♦  Welding blankets 
♦  Heat-proof Curtains
♦  Pump Covers
♦  Expansion Joints
♦  Other Custom Insulation Components

Refrasil Silica Insulation Blanket

Although all the cloths in the Refrasil range are manufactured from Silica Fibre, each grade is manufactured differently, giving them unique characteristics which help them to perform better in certain applications. This also slightly alters their technical properties which is why below, we have explained each grade in more detail to help you decide which one is right for your application.

UC Series Refrasil Cloth – For Cost-effective Insulating Performance

Standard Grade Silica Insulation Cloth

UC series cloth is the standard grade of Refrasil in it’s most basic form. This grade of cloth has not been subject to any additional processes or treatments and therefore offers cost-effective insulation perfromance in environments up to 982ºC. UC Series cloth is manufactured in an off-white/tan colour however it can also be supplied with a range of coatings applied.

Available Coatings Include:

♦  Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Backing
♦  Silicone Rubber Coated
♦  Aluminium Foil Coated
♦  Vermiculite Coated
♦  Black Oxide Treated

AR Series Refrasil Cloth – For Superior Abrasion Resistance


AR Series Refrasil Cloth has been manufactured to resist mechanical damage from abrasion, hence this is the grade to use if you believe the cloth will be subject to some level of dragging, scraping, snagging or general wear and tear. A special coating is applied to this grade during manufacture which strengthens and protects the fibers meaning it is our grade of choice when fabricating custom insulation components due to the sewing and stitching involved.

Like the UC Series, AR Series Refrasil will perform in applications ranging up to 982ºC and maintains the same compatibility with most chemicals, high dielectric strength and low thermal conductivity that is synonymous with the range.

Abrasion Resistant Silica Insulation Cloth

Irish Refrasil – For Extreme High Temperature Environments

Heat Treated Silica Insulation Cloth


Irish Refrasil takes it’s name from it’s trademark green appearance. This is actually the result of a special high-temperature treatment that extends the continuous operating temperature of this grade to 1260ºC. If you require a flexible insulation that will perform in extreme high-temperature environments then this is the cloth you are after.

Irish Refrasil is pre-shrunk during manufacture, meaning exposure to high temperatures will not cause the cloth to warp or shrink making it ideal for use in applications that require a dimensionaly stable, flexible insulation.

The versatility and performance of this grade has seen it utilized heavily in critical performance applications including aerospace and defence, automotive, power generation and mining.

Quickly Compare the Refrasil Grades of Silica Cloth

Refrasil High Temperature Silica Insulation Materials

Witness the Superior Insulating Performance of Silica

If you are still not convinced about the power of Refrasil Cloth’s insulating performance, we invite you to watch this video whereby we take an LPG blow-torch to a chocolate frog whose only protection is a heat pad manufactured from Irish Series Refrasil Cloth and 25mm thick Refrasil Insulation Batt. Check out the amazing results for yourself.

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Christmas Holiday Trading Hours

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AG understands that not all of our customers are able to shut down over the Christmas period. Which is why apart from the weekends and public holidays, we also choose to remain open during this time. That means we are able to assist with any of our customers urgent requirements no differently to any other time of the year, so if you need us, give us a call!


Monday 25th December (Chrismas Day) – Closed
Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day) – Closed
Wednesday 27th December – Open
Thursday 28th December – Open
Friday 29th December – Open
Monday 1st January (New Years Day) – Closed

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AG hosts it’s first Open Days in Sydney and Brisbane

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This November AG opened up the doors of it’s Sydney and Brisbane locations for our first ever Open Days. We must admit, having not put on an event like this at our premises before we were unsure about how many of you would be interested. Fortunately we had nothing to worry about as both days were a resounding success.

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The Open Days provided an opportunity for us to build some great relationships with our valued customers while at the same time being able to offer information about our new product offerings. Our customers were also able to take home samples of products and have any technical questions answered by our experts. It also provided a good opportunity for us to get some feedback from our customers and try to determine how we can work more closely together moving forward.

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Thanks must go to all our presenters and delgates from our supplier partners in particular Jeremy Jackson from Gore and Norman Otto from Weicon who happily gave up their time to attend. Our customers certainly appreciated the wealth of knowledge they provided and the interesting presentations that they gave.

AG Sydney Open Day Presentation

Finally we would like to thank all our customers who attended the day. We hope you found it worthwhile and are able to take something away from the day that will further the interests of your business. Congratulations also must go to our lucky door prize winners.

AG Brisbane Open Day Group Shot

If you weren’t able to make it to our open days in Sydney and Brisbane we recommend signing up to our email newsletter to ensure you receive notification of when we will be in your area next. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our business to you first hand.

The AG Team.

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What type of gasket should I use?

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When faced with the task of selecting a gasket for any particular application, the amount of styles, materials, sizes and options on the market can make the job extremely difficult for the inexperienced of us. With gaskets being an essential component of all different types of equipment, vehicles and machinery the number of applications is literally endless and unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all in the gasket game. But before we get into how best to narrow down the options on the market and select the best, lets quickly touch on why selecting the correct gasket is important.

Why is selecting the correct gasket important?

Incorrect gasket selection will obviously lead to leaks and blow-outs which may happen straight away or the gasket may not last as long as it should or could and will require replacing more regularly than necessary. In the worst instances leaking flange set-ups can also cause injury from contact with hot or toxic chemicals. Also, what most companies or businesses care about is their bottom line. Not using the correct gasket will cost you or your business money! So how can we try to mitigate this and select the correct gasket?

Learn every detail about your gaskets future environment.

The first step is to learn every detail about the gaskets future environment. This sounds like a daunting task, however there are really 3 main factors to assess and they are Temperature; what upper and lower limits will the gasket be required to handle? Pressure; how much pressure will be exerted on the gasket and Chemical Compatability; you need to consider what type of media the gasket be sealing, how corrosive is it? What is the level of ozone present?

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Evaluate the flange design and condition.

Once we know all we need to know about the environment that the gasket will live we need to know about where it will be housed which requires evaluating the flange design and it’s condition. There are about 7 different types of “normal” flanges that are displayed in the graphic below. As you can see in the graphic they all have a different construction and as a result, not all types of gaskets will work for each however the flange design will help to narrow down the list of possible gasket option so we need to take note of it.

Common Flange Types

We then need to check the condition of the flange and in particular the sealing surface. Some things to look out for are the presence of corrosion. Badly, corroded flanges are going to make it extremely difficult to achieve a good seal and may limit the range of styles available for use. Another detail to look out for are misaligned flanges. When flanges are misaligned flanges it is very difficult to achieve an even bolt load and eventually the gasket will fail even though it may not have been the gaskets fault.

Once we are happy with condition of the flange and we know what type of gasket options we are limited to because of a combination of the flange type and it’s future environmental factors, we are pretty much ready to select the style of gasket we will use.

Non-Metallic, Metallic or Semi-Metallic?

Now when selecting a gasket we have three different types that we can choose from and they are non-metallic which includes elastomeric materials (rubber’s) and compressed fibre, cellulose fibre, plastics and PTFE’s. Mostly these are materials that seal under relatively low bolt loads and although they can handle a fair amount of pressure in some cases, we are not talking anywhere near as much as gaskets that are reinforced with metal like those in our next style, semi-metallic.

As the name suggests, semi-metallic gaskets contain a mix of metallic and non-metallic materials and the most popular type in this range is by far the spiral wound gasket (SWG). In this segment alone there are so many different material combinations that you could almost construct a gasket for any application you can think of. The standard material combination for spirals utilizes steel reinforcing rings and winding combined with a graphite filler to seal, these spirals are mass produced and can be a very cost effective option for sealing in higher pressure environments. Other types of semi-metallics on the market are corrugated and metal jacketed gaskets which are both not as popular but have demonstrated superior performance in some individual applications and as such are still used.

Finally we have metallic gaskets. This category contains RTJ’s (Ring Type Joints) and Kammprofile gaskets. These are generally used for very high pressure applications and require a higher amount of bolt load to seal. They are often found in critical service applications such as oil and gas pipelines and refineries. Metallic gaskets are not cheap, but the applications that require them are generally not either.

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Gasket Sizing: Standard or Custom?

At this point we have by now selected the type of gasket we are going to use and what it will be made from which means all that is left is to determine what size it needs to be. In most applications the size will be determined by the nominal bore of the pipe and flange used. These are usually manufactured to a certain standard which may vary because of the country the equipment was manufactured or a range of other factors. Some of the most common standards encountered are:

  • ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • DIN (German Institute for Standardization)
  • BS (British Standard)

These standards stipulate the size of the pipe, flange and therefore also the size of the gasket, how many holes it is to have, the size of the holes and location of the bolt circle (PCD). These gaskets are often known as “table gaskets” and sizing information for the most popular standards can be found by clicking this link.

Table Gasket Dimensions

In some instances, there may be cases where a standard has not been used and the gasket is completely custom. In these cases, it is up to the design engineer to determine the necessary size and thickness of the gasket.

What can I do if I am still not sure I have selected the correct gasket?

Talk to a gasket design expert! This is very important. If you are unsure about any of the previous steps or simply don’t have enough information you should not hesitate to talk to a gasket design engineer. In the sealing game there really is no substitute for experience and we have years and years of that here at AG. It’s not worth taking risks that may turn out to be extremely costly. If you need to get in contact, head over here to find details of your closest branch.

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Dealing with Abrasion – Impact and Wear Protection Epoxies

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Abrasion – An unavoidable nuisance

In the mechanical world, Abrasion is an often unavoidable occurrence that can cause headaches for owners, repairers and operators of all forms of plant equipment, vehicles and machinery. Abrasion may occur for many reasons including constant wear, erosion, scraping, rubbing, stripping or any other action that breaks down a surface over time.
Dealing with the effects of abrasion is a constant battle for mechanical engineers, who are tasked with getting the longest working life out of their plant infrastructure. The problem is particularly prevalent within industries involved in the processing of abrasive substances such as rocks, sand, slurry, ore and bitumen. So what is the best solution?

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An impact and wear-resistant protective coating.

The best way to protect from abrasion is by applying a wear and impact resistant coating such as Weicon Plastic Metal Ceramic BL. When mixed together and applied to a surface, this 2-Part epoxy compound creates an ultra-durable wear and impact resistant coating that is designed to withstand the effects of repeated abrasion and protect the underlying surface.

Weicon Plastic Metal - Epoxy Repair and Wear Protection Compounds

It works because of it’s formulated from an epoxy resin inbuilt with hard mineral reinforcing fillers. Once dry it forms an extremely hard surface layer that is blue in colour, glossy and smooth. Best of all, using an epoxy based wear compound such as Ceramic BL saves time and is generally cheaper than traditional methods of surface repair such as welding or replacement.

Because Ceramic BL bonds well to a wide range of materials, it can be used almost anywhere a protective coating is required. It adheres well to metals including steel, iron, aluminium, brass and copper as well as glass, ceramics, concrete, wood and many plastics. As such it is used heavily for protecting equipment such as pumps, chutes, hoppers, slides, pipes & augers on which the protective coating is applied and then re-applied once worn away, keeping the equipment’s original surface in tact. these are just a few applications however as the product literally has thousands of uses.

Pipe before coating with Weicon Plastic Metal Ceramic BlPipe after coating with Weicon Plastic Metal Ceramic Bl

Extremely easy to use.

German Engineering is known for it’s efficiency, which is why Weicon have made this product extremely easy to both prepare and apply. The pack even comes with a spatula and gloves – everything you need to get the job going. First, simply clean the Surface that you wish to coat as best you can (we recommend using a cleaner like Weicon Cleaner S or Surface Cleaner). Then mix the two components together (they are already in the correct ratio) and thoroughly stir. You can then pour, brush, trowel or dip to apply the epoxy mixture. Once it is completely dry, your coating is ready to protect.

Need to coat a large area? It’s also spray-able

That’s right! If you have a large area that needs covering, Ceramic BL can also be applied with an industrial pump spray applicator. The video below gives a better explanation of how this is achieved allowing large areas to be coated with ease and minimal wastage.

Other Styles Available

There are many more grades available in the Plastic Metal range that may better suit your application. These include grades for high temperature applications, anti-magnetic applications as well as grades that set underwater and provide superior resistance to chemical attack. For more information on the entire range, we recommend heading over to our Plastic Metal range comparison page. If you would prefer to speak to one of our experienced customer service representatives then click here to find the contact details of your nearest branch.

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Reduce Friction, Corrosion and Wear with our Anti-Seize Lubrication Pastes and Sprays

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Moisture, friction and all kinds of other influences can lead to damage such as corrosion, wear and even the seizure of machines and installations. Extensive repair and maintenance work, at considerable cost, is the result.

These problems are even more pronounced when the application conditions feature one (or more) of the following:

♦  High operating temperatures.
♦  High pressure loads.
♦  Exposure to the weather.
♦  Aggressive chemicals.
♦  The influence of other media.

Our Weicon range of Anti-Seize Assembly Pastes have been specially developed for these requirements. They are used as protecting and separating agents (and lubricants) for highly stressed parts, especially at high temperatures.

Anti-Seize Stops Corrosion and Seizing on a bolt

In many demanding industrial applications, convention separating agents or lubricants (such as mineral oils and greases) cannot provide sufficient lubrication and protection. Since they are based on optimally balanced solids and specially selected additives, the Weicon Anti-Seize range can be used in these extreme environments, and provide long lasting performance.

The basic components in our Anti-Seize solutions are made from synthetic oils. These have a considerably lower sulphur content than products containing mineral oil. A residue-free vaporisation of the oil at temperatures between +200°C and +250°C is therefore possible.

This is particularly important in the case of stainless steels (e.g. for VA material) to prevent stress-corrosion cracking.

Due to the special formulation and the very fine grinding of the solids contained in Weicon Anti-Seize, irregularities in the surface being protected are completely filled – even to a layer thickness of only 12 μm. Only a perfectly sealed surface guarantees a reliable protection against corrosion. An additional sealing effect thus results for special applications, such as flange connections.

Weicon Anti-Seize Lubricating and Assembly Pastes protect against the following:

♦  Corrosion, seizure and wear.
♦  Stick-slip phenomena.
♦  Oxidation and fretting corrosion.
♦  Electrolytic reactions (aka cold welding).

All grades of Weicon Anti-Seize are free of sulphurous additives and halogens. They have good adhesion characteristics and are abrasion proof. They are also resistant to hot, cold and salt water. Their extremely low friction also allows for easy disassembly of treated components when it is required.

Anti-Seize Spray being applied to a flange face

In addition, Weicon Anti-Seize assembly pastes are excellent lubrication for statically high-stressed parts and slowly rotating machines (as long as corresponding re-lubrication intervals are observed).

With their dual capabilities as lubricants and corrosion protection agents, Weicon Anti-Seize offer the benefit of rationalisation; in terms of saving time, reducing the need for multiple maintenance products, and reducing costs.

These products are used quite sparingly. At a layer thickness of 0.01mm, 1kg of Anti-Seize is enough to cover a surface area of approximately 45m².

Our 4 Types of Anti-Seize Assembly Lubricants.

To suit the needs of different applications we are pleased to offer four different types of Anti-Seize. These are high quality, long lasting and effective lubrication and protection products but their composition and performance capabilities differ.

Together the four different grades cover everything from common marine, automotive and facility maintenance work, to demanding food grade, high temp or aggressive chemical applications. All are available in a range of sizes and container styles and the differences between each is summarised below:

Weicon Copper Paste

Weicon Copper Anti Seize Paste Being Applied To A Threaded Stud

Colour: Copper.

Basic Oil: Mineral Oil.

Solid Lubricant: Copper / Graphite.

Thickener: Aluminium Complex Soap.

Temperature Resistance: -20°C to +1,100°C

Friction Total: 0.12µ

VKA Welding Load Test: 3200 N (DIN 51350)

Copper Paste is corrosion resistant and strong. It contains no sulphur, lead or nickel.

Weicon Copper Paste is used as an assembly lubricant for all kinds of threaded joints and sliding surfaces. It forms an effective lubricating and separating film which protects the functional surfaces on plug-in tools, wear bushings, screws, and all kinds of threaded, plug-in and bayonet joints against corrosion and seizing.

It can be used to reduce vibration on brake blocks and guides, brake cams and pins, car and truck battery terminals and other electrical connections, wheel bolts and nuts, and on wear bushings at electrical, compressed air and hydraulic hammers. The product can be used in many industrial applications.

Weicon Anti-Seize

Weicon Anti-Seize Paste used on a brake shoe to help with lubrication

Colour: Anthracite.

Basic Oil: Synthetic Oil Mixture.

Temperature Resistance: -180°C to +1,200°C

Pressure Load: 230N/mm²

Coefficient of Friction Total: 0.14µ

VKA Welding Load Test: 4400 N (DIN 51350)

Weicon Anti-Seize is used as a protecting, separating and lubricating agent for highly stressed parts. Ideally compatible solid contents and selected additives enable a wide range of usage.

Anti-Seize protects against corrosion, seizure and wear, stick-slip phenomena, oxidation, fretting corrosion and electrolytic reactions (“cold welding“).

Weicon Anti-Seize High Tech

Weicon Anti Seize Compound High Tech Being Applied

Colour: White.

Basic Oil: Medicinal Oil.

Temperature Resistance: -40°C to +1,400°C

Pressure Load: 230N/mm²

Coefficient of Friction Total: 0.13µ

VKA Welding Load Test: 3800 N (DIN 51350)

Anti-Seize High-Tech is resistant to very high temperatures, has excellent separating characteristics, is metal-free, neutral to materials and has an NSF approval.

Anti-Seize High Tech is particularly suitable when metal-containing pastes can cause electrolytic reactions, when nickel-containing products should or may not be used due to health reasons and when dark metal containing products should or may not be used for optical reasons.

Weicon Anti-Seize Nickel

Weicon Nickel Anti-Seize Range

Colour: Anthracite.

Basic Oil: Synthetic Oil.

Temperature Resistance: -40°C to +1,400°C

Pressure Load: 230N/mm²

Coefficient of Friction Total: 0.15µ

VKA Welding Load Test: 2000 N (DIN 51350)

The assembly paste was developed to resist extreme conditions. It is highly sticky, water repellent and resistant to sweet, salt and hot water as well as steam. The high nickel component furthermore provides protection against corroding and corrosive solvents which are contained in diluted hydrochloric acid, sulphur or nitric acid, among others. Anti-Seize Nickel can be applied at a large temperature range between -30°C to +1,450°C.

Anti-Seize Nickel serves as corrosion protection and high-performance fitting grease for static and dynamically extremely stressed screw connections and installation parts and the application at slowly rotating system in the high-temperature range.

The paste protects against corrosion, seizing, wear, stick-slip effects, oxidation and friction corrosion as well as electrolytic reactions, the so-called cold-sealing. For example, Anti-Seize Nickel can be used on seals, valves, screw connections, gear wheels, bearings, jets, conveyor belts, studs, tools or cylinders.

Anti-Seize Selection Guides

The below provide a brief overview of each grades compatibility with different types of rubber and plastic. More information is available from your local AG, or on the TDS for each grade.

Anti-Seize Compatability with Rubber Sealing Materials.

  Anti-Seize Anti-Seize
High Tech
Copper Paste Anti-Seize
ACM – Acrylate Rubber ++ ++ ++ ++
CR – Chloroprene Rubber + + + +
CSM – Chlorosulfonated PE Rubber + + + +
EPDM – Ethylene Propylene Diene Rubber
FKM – Fluorocarbon / Fluoroelastomer ++ ++ ++ ++
NBR – Nitrile Butadiene Rubber ++ ++ ++ ++
NR – Natural Rubber
SBR – Styrene Butadiene Rubber
SQM – Silicone Rubber ++ ++ ++ ++


++ Resistant.     |     +   Resistant to a limited extent.     |     —   Not Resistant.

Anti-Seize Compatability with Plastic Sealing Materials.

  Anti-Seize Anti-Seize
High Tech
Copper Paste Anti-Seize
ABS ++ ++ ++ ++
PA – Polyamide ++ ++ ++ ++
PC – Polycarbonate
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethyelene
++ ++ ++ ++
LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene + + + +
PET – Polyethyleneterephthalate ++ ++ ++ ++
POM – Polymoxymethylene ++ ++ ++ ++
PP – Polypropylene ++ ++ ++ ++
PTFE – Polytetrafluorethylene ++ ++ ++ ++
PUR – Polyurethane + + + +
PVC – Polyvinylchloride ++ ++ ++ ++


++ Resistant.     |     +   Resistant to a limited extent.     |     —   Not Resistant.

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Our New Non-Destructive Crack Testing Agent Spray Kit

Available now from AG, our new Weicon Crack Testing Agent Spray Kit represents a fast, reliable way to locate potential cracks or fissures in a wide range of materials. This 3-part spray kit works by way of a colour penetration test which highlights any issues with the material surface without damaging it in any way.

The kit itself is made up of a cleaner / remover spray, penetrant and developer. Each has been specially engineered in Germany to be not only effective, but fast and simple to use. 

This type of testing is often conducted on stressed or critical parts such as those found on cranes, trucks, rolling-stock, marine craft, lab equipment and in the aerospace sector. 

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The Weicon Crack Testing Agent Spray system can be used to identify and locate issues with the following types of material.

♦  Alloyed and Unalloyed Steel

♦  Steel, Grey and Malleable Cast Iron

♦  Welding

♦  Most Plastics
    (check compatibility first for sensitive types)

♦  Other Solids

♦  Non-Ferrous Metal

♦  Plating

♦  Ceramics

Weicon Crack Testing Agent Kit Demonstration Video

To show just how easy and effective this system is, Weicon have put together a very brief demonstration video. This shows how our Crack Testing Agent Kit can be used to identify issues with the metal underbody of a truck.

You can see it for yourself below…


Cleaner / Remover (Steps 1 & 3)

Weicon Crack Testing Agent Cleaner Spray is a fast, effective cleaner specially designed for preparing surfaces for testing and cleaning up afterwards.

This spay on cleaner is designed to be material-neutral and is colourless. It can be used with many different types of materials including metal, ceramic, glass and most plastics (suitability should be checked first for sensitive types).

Importantly, after it cleans, it evaporates away without leaving behind any residues which could interfere with the crack testing process.

Penetrant (Step 2)

This red diffusion spray effectively finds and penetrates into and cracks, holes or fissures in a surface to allow for easy identification of issues through the subsequent use of the developer.

Engineered in Germany to find even the tiniest of cracks; it can be used in temperatures between 0°C and +50°C. Excess amounts can be cleaned away easily with the cleaner / remover spray.

Developer (Step 4)

Weicon Crack Testing Agent Developer Spray is used after the penetrant to make the identification of problems with a surface easy.

This spray is white in colour and able to be used with all types of metal, ceramic and glass as well as most types of plastic (compatibility should be checked in advance for sensitive types).

Weicon Crack Testing Agent Spray Kit Application Guide Graphic

Availability and More Information

The Weicon Crack Testing Agent Kit will be available from Associated Gaskets from mid-October 2017. The individual sprays that make up the kit will also be available separately. For more information on these please click the links below or contact your local Associated Gaskets branch.

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Our Metal Shim and Metal Plate Range

Custom Made and Coated Metal Part

For decades, Associated Gaskets has been supplying a wide range of metal shim stock and metal plate. Whether as standard, 6 inch shim, extra wide sheets or in a wide variety of custom made parts.

With a name like ours, most people don’t exactly think of us when it comes to their shim and plate needs. We’re not metal workers. That said, we do keep an awful lot of these materials in stock (including many rare sizes) and are very good at turning around complex, short-run jobs fast.

The rest of this page provides an overview of just some of the many different metal parts and components we can provide.

Metal Shim Stock

We stock a large range of different metallic shim materials, thicknesses and widths. The list below covers most of these but it is no way exhaustive.

If what you’re looking for isn’t listed, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ve got plenty of other sizes in stock too.

Standard Metal Shim Stock Materials

♦  304 Stainless Steel.
♦  316 Stainless Steel.
♦  Brass.
♦  Copper.
♦  Mild Steel.

Metal Shim Stock


Typically available in 150mm or 300mm wide as standard. Some also held in 600mm wide. Precision cut parts and sizes can be arranged upon request.


0.05mm (0.002″) through 0.508mm (0.020″)

Metal Plate

Metal Plate Fabrication Examples

Metal plate is stocked in a variety of different materials, thicknesses and sheet sizes. We often use these in the fabrication of custom made metal components, flat metal gaskets and various other hybrid parts. 

Depending on your requirements we can offer this fabrication service or, if you’d prefer, supply the metal plate as is or cut down to suit your needs. 

Standard Metal Plate Materials

♦  304 Stainless Steel.
♦  316 Stainless Steel.
♦  Aluminium.
♦  Brass.
♦  Copper.
♦  Galvanised Steel.
♦  Mild Steel.


0.55mm through 8mm for some materials.

Sheet Sizes

These vary pretty dramatically depending on material and thickness. The closest to a standard is either 900mm / 1800mm or 1200mm / 2400mm. No matter the size, the sheet can be cut down if this better suits your needs.

Metal Washers

Associated Gaskets is pleased to offer a full range of precision cut, custom metal washers. We can produce these using either existing dies, watercutting or laser cutting. Our specialty is small runs of custom sizes made from our existing stock of either metal shim or metal plate.

We know how hard it can be to find the exact sized washer you need when it’s not standard. For more information on how we can assist, please do contact us.

Custom Brass Washers

Custom Metal Shims and Metallic Gaskets

Copper and Aluminium Custom Metal Shim Components

Whether you have a complete dxf or just the old sample, we can help with supplying custom sized metal shims and metallic gaskets. These can be produced from any one of our large range of stocked metals and, thanks to our precision cutting facilities, delivered fast without the need for special tools to be made.

Annealed copper gaskets, deburred shims and coated parts can all be arranged. Short-run quantities are our specialty and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can.

Specialised Metal Parts and Components.

When it’s a really customised part you need, we can help. Our experienced fabrication team have made all kinds of specialised parts and components over the years and will be happy to assist with your requirements.

Composite and coated metal parts, air baffles, folded components and precision cut pieces can all be arranged. Just like with our washers and cut shims, short-run custom jobs are a specialty of ours and we can often perform this work on short lead-times and from old samples if that’s all the information you have.

For more information on the full range of custom metal fabrication services available at AG, please do not hesitate to contact your local branch.

Custom Brass Washers


A critical part of our fabrication facility, we use our watercutters for all kinds of custom cutting work. These precision cutters cut everything from rubber gaskets through to heavy duty laminates and metal plate. The video below shows one in action.

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