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This product is intended for general lubrication and is safe to use on most circulating pumps as well as bushings, bearings, linkages and sliding parts. This product should not be used on light electric motors.

Silicone grease should be used on rubber parts, because petroleum based lubricants could potentially affect the integrity and lead to product failure. 

Clear cutting oil is a blend of high quality mineral oils with sulfur base, and is used during manual or low rpm threading on small sizes of steel or brass piping. Clear cutting oil will not stain copper or brass materials either. Dark cutting oil is a blend of high quality mineral oils with sulfur-lard base, and is used when using high speed threading machines on all sizes of pipe. 

This product is no longer available, because VOC levels were too high. 

No. Plumber’s Putties could have an adverse effect on the Acrylic finish similar to the same effect on ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) materials. You should only use 100% silicone for this application.

No. Plumber’s Putty is not designed to support any weight distribution associated with the base of the toilet setting on the floor. The integrity of the putty can also be compromised by cleaners and urine that it may come in contact with on the floor of bathroom. Plumber’s Putty does not have any adhesion valve like caulk, which is used to help secure the toilet bowl to the floor. The putty will dry out when exposed to air and no longer fill the voids between the floor and bowl. The putty may also stain finished floor surfaces. 

No. Plumber’s Putty is not designed to take the place of caulk and doesn’t have any insulating values to control temperature changes. 

Oatey does not have any proven method for removing these stains and recommend you contact your installer or supplier for their recommendations relating to the material in question.

No. Once the putty has dried there is nothing that can be added to regenerate the putty without affecting the quality of the product.

Stain-Free Putty is an oil-free non-staining putty that performs the same as other putties be can be used safely without staining the following materials; Granite, Marble, Quartz, Sandstone, Corian®, or any natural, porous surfaces. 

Any Plumber’s Putty which falls into the drain in small quantities will dissolve and flow through the drain without incident.   

Once out of the container and used as a bedding compound for strainers, faucets and tub waste and overflows, the putty will remain pliable when it is not exposed to air. If the putty is exposed to air for an extended period of time, it will harden and become brittle.  

Yes. Epoxy Putty can be drilled, tapped and machined while maintaining its integrity.

Yes. You must prep the surface first. This means that all finishes must be removed and the surface roughed up to allow the Epoxy Putty a good surface for bonding. 


Once Epoxy Putty cures it can only be removed mechanically (i.e. grinder, drill).

No. Plumber’s Putty will have an adverse effect on the ABS material and cause weakness which will lead to product failure.

This warning is listed because the Plumbers Putty contains small traces of Quartz; however the Quartz is inextricably bound and cannot come out of the product, so as a result it is not harmful.

Maximum temperature is 250°F.

Yes. Always make sure that your paint is compatible with the Epoxy. This is normally done by contacting the paint manufacture. 


2 years from date of manufacture if the lid is sealed properly.

After the soldering process is completed while the pipe is still warm, you can wipe the joint with a dry clean rag to remove the excess flux. If the pipe has cooled or fluids are passing through it, you can use mild detergents (i.e. Dawn dish detergent) to wash off the excess flux. 

Yes. It is very important to stir upwards from the container bottom to insure any salts which have settled are mixed evenly into the flux. This should be done before the start of each project.

2 years from date of manufacture.

Less than 2%.

The only difference is that Safe-Flo is the retail branded version.

No. Oatey does not manufacture a solder or flux for this application.

Yes. Flux is designed as an oxidation remover and actually etches the pipe in preparation for the soldering process to be successful. This is why it is important to flush the lines when not using water soluble fluxes. Wipe excess flux off the exterior of the pipe after solder joint has been completed, and never wait more than four hours to solder a joint after applying any flux to the joint.

You will start off by getting a five gallon bucket and small electric pump with two washing machine hoses. Mix 1-one pound box of TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate), 16 ounces (2 cups) of bleach and hot water in the five gallon bucket. Drain enough water from your system to allow this mixture to be pumped into the water lines, and circulate throughout the system for one hour. The best location for hose connections is the hot and cold washing machine valves. Drain the system completely and repeat this process again. After the second application, you will want to flush the system out through each fixture for at least 15 minutes.  

The water soluble flux is less corrosive, and self-cleans on the interior of the pipe as water flows through the lines. The water soluble flux has a narrower temperature range when heating, but it works with all the solders.