Santoprene rubber is a type of thermoplastic elastomer that has the flexibility of rubber and processing ease of thermoplastics. Due to its processing ease, Santoprene material can be reprocessed and remanufactured with minimal difficulties, making it a preferred selection over other rubbers for most manufacturers when complexity in an elastomer is needed.
Taking the best components of both rubber and plastic, this material also demonstrates exceptional chemical, fluid, ozone and weathering resistance. It is also completely recyclable because of its polyolefin base. Applications that Santoprene rubber is used for includes: automotive, household appliances, electrical, construction and healthcare. From hose connectors to window seals and gaskets, this elastomer will prove highly functional.. (http://www.exxonmobilchemical.com/Chem-English/productsservices/proven-benefits.aspx)
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Santoprene Rubber’s Common Uses
We offer Santoprene material in the form of rubber sheet and rolls, which can also be referred to as thermoplastic rolls (since Santoprene is a type of thermoplastic elastomer). Here are some common applications that this high-performance elastomer is helpful with:
- Tool grips, baseball bats and tennis racquet grips: For items with handles, often times the material can be coarse and rough against hands. For example, baseball bats are made from wood or metal. Without proper grip adhesive, blisters and calluses can accrue on a person’s hands, which can affect your performance with other tasks. Take a portion of the elastomer from your thermoplastic rolls and wrap it around the handles of the bats. This will alleviate discomfort and prevent injuries to the hand that can be caused by splinters or constant rubbing against harsh surfaces like wood. The flexibility of Santoprene rubber makes it easy to wrap sport equipments and tools.
- Hose connectors: Santoprene rubber is also a great material for hoses, hose connectors and other gardening applications. Due to its exceptional chemical, fluid, ozone and weathering resistance, applying the elastomer to these applications will help keep them working efficiently for many years, as well as, protect them from outdoor debris and weathering.
Window, door or oven seals, and gaskets: Gaskets and sealants help protect and separate objects or liquids from a certain area. Due to its flexibility and durability, this product can be used for window, door, or oven seals and any places where gaskets are needed.
For example, its ability to endure high temperatures allows it to be used for ovens, sealing in heat, and keeping out unwanted particles from entering. Since Santoprene rubber can withstand continuous temperatures up to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and intermittent temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, it is an ideal product for this specific application.
- Knife Handles: For kitchen applications, Santoprene material can be found on knife handles because of the strong grip it provides. Many knife-related accidents are attributed to either the knife not being sharp enough or poor grip adhesive. By applying this material around the handles of your knives, you have decreased risk of injuries. Imagine not having any grip on your kitchen knives and now, be thankful for those blessed thermoplastic rolls that provide covering!
- Wiring and cabling: This product has unyielding electrical and mechanical capabilities in addition to its good flexibility. Constant use of wires and cables will not be a problem to the elastomer covering, because it highly defensive against extreme temperatures. So, you will not have to worry about this product getting damaged from overheating.
Based on the common applications Santoprene rubber is used for, it is evident that is it a reliable and multifunctional product. This elastomer can be used almost anywhere and for many purposes, such as an insulator, grip provider, and cable and wiring. Many people do not realize just how much Santoprene material is used around the household. From kitchen tools to even gardening applications, who would’ve known just how great the potential of this material was?
Here at Rubber-Cal, we take pleasure in educating you about our products. We offer these rubber sheet rolls in two textures: block and smooth. If you are looking to acquire a specific length or cut, we offer custom cuts upon request! If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to call one of our Rubber-Cal specialists today.