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How come silicon is a lubricant and at the same time silicon(e)-made bakeware resemble rubber (= grip)?

I’m personally in need of a good release agent (that offers a great slipping capability) and am unsure on whether to go for the silicon-based one or the non-silicon-based one…

Thanks a lot!
R.C.
I need a release agent for its slipping properties. I work for a packaging (plastic pre-bags) and often have to face the problem of bags sticking with our stainless steel machine flaps…

2 Responses to “How come silicon is a lubricant and at the same time silicon(e)-made bakeware resemble rubber (= grip)?”

  • Judi:

    I’m not too sure what you’re trying to lubricate…but silicone is not water-soluble, meaning that it can be used in the shower and doesn’t rinse away. The downside to it is that it is harder to clean up than something that is water-soluble.

  • efflandt:

    You are confusing silicon with silicone. Silicon is sand or glass (silicon dioxide I think). Silicone can be anything from a water resistant lubricant to rubber or rubber sealant.

    It just depends how the molecules are put together. For example carbon can be anything from black like coal (activated carbon filter), to graphite (gray dry lubricant), carbon fiber (strong and light subsitute for fiberglass), to diamond.

    Maybe if you said “what” you are trying to release, somebody might have ideas.

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