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Old 04-27-2014, 01:02 PM   #31
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I'm no expert. Not even close.
I only recently learned to read the label before buying something.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:24 PM   #32
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Thanks for the heads up Glenn. What do you think of silicone spray?
I also have some stuff I bought that is supposed to be a dry lubricant. It says it is made with PTFE (whatever that is) and says it can be used on almost any surface "even plastics". Do you know anything about that?
Hi Sandra PTFE is basically the non stick coating on frying pans (polytetrafluoroethylene). If you are spraying it make sure not to breath it as it has a carcinogenic in it PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) which is nasty stuff.
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:53 PM   #33
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PTFE - which is as Doug & Eileen described it - is commonly known by DuPont's tradename for it, which is Teflon.
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Thanks for the heads up Glenn. What do you think of silicone spray?
I also have some stuff I bought that is supposed to be a dry lubricant. It says it is made with PTFE (whatever that is) and says it can be used on almost any surface "even plastics". Do you know anything about that?
PTFE = Teflon
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:47 PM   #35
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Once again, thanks to you all. Its amazing what labels don't divulge. Actually, being in California there are required warnings and the label indicates that the substance may cause cancer and/or birth defects and also warns that inhaling the contents may be fatal. All this without saying it is teflon.
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PTFE = Teflon
Not quite "equal"... Teflon is PTFE, but not all PTFE is Teflon®. It is the same material, chemically.

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Its amazing what labels don't divulge. Actually, being in California there are required warnings and the label indicates that the substance may cause cancer and/or birth defects and also warns that inhaling the contents may be fatal. All this without saying it is teflon.
It doesn't say it's "teflon" because it probably isn't Teflon®. That's a trade name, and would not be appropriate for technical information, or for any use on a product not using PTFE from DuPont and branded that way.

Similarly, things made from clear acrylic sheet don't say they're made of Plexiglas® (unless they are), polycarbonate isn't necessarily Lexan®, and so on.
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My wife works at a kitchen supply store and constantly has to explain to customers that the Teflon that caused concern in the past is not the same formulation that is used today. That, and that it only was a concern when people used very high heat.
So, unless you are planning on burning eggs on your hitch ball, there should be no problem.
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