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Get to Know PlanetSafe Lubricants
PlanetSafe AIM is a bio-synthetic product specially formulated to lubricate, penetrate rusted parts, and clean rust and corrosion from surfaces. Once the rust and corrosion are removed AIM protects surfaces from further rust and corrosion. The synthetic components provide extreme protection and lubrication while the bio-components form an ionic bond that attracts the lubricant to the surfaces. Together the components complement each other to provide lubrication and protection second to none. For more information about PlanetSafe please see the About Us page.
AIM lubricant has two properties that combine to remove rust and protect from further rust and corrosion. AIM is a fast acting penetrating lubricant that uses nano-particles to penetrate beneath rust and bond to the metal surface to lubricate and protect from further rust. Most fitness equipment owners use the spray applicator - either the 4 oz or 16 oz applicator - to apply AIM directly to the guiding rods. Use a rag or cloth to spread AIM onto all portions of the guiding rods you can reach. You can wipe off any excess lubricant. You will find that AIM is not like WD-40 or other aerosol sprays that result in a large volume of spray being applied and then requiring cleanup. A small amount of AIM goes a long way. All you need is a thin coating on the rod surface.
AIM will continue to penetrate into the micro spaces of the metal surface while providing lubricating protection. Many fitness equipment owners find that allowing AIM to penetrate overnight and then wiping off any excess lube allows for even better treatment. Treating the rods once per week provides lasting protection. More frequent treatment may be needed initially depending on how much rust is present.
AIM CLP provides protection against wear in new weapons as well as older weapons. During break-in new weapons are subject to potential wear if not properly protected. AIM CLP provides the protection that allows break-in to reduce wear and eliminate potential spalling. This increases the lifespan of weapons and enhances their function and reliability.
The best and safest alternative to WD-40 is PlanetSafe AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant. WD-40 is a solvent that dries and leaves a residue that attracts dust, dirt, carbon and other materials. Unlike WD-40, PlanetSafe AIM is non-toxic and odorless. AIM is also a long lasting lubricant that is designed to keep metal parts moving parts freely. AIM is a great substitute for WD-40 because it bonds to metal and cleans debris and grime on its own. PlanetSafe AIM is the best WD-40 alternative on the market. Most people automatically think of WD-40 because of how well known it is but the option is to substitute it with a better lubricant like AIM.
For proper firearm maintenance, clean your weapon thoroughly with AIM CLP. AIM can be used on all parts of your weapon. Swab the barrel and remove the excess leaving a very lightly oiled barrel. The result is a lubricant bonded to the metal for corrosion and wear protection as well as reducing buildup of carbon and residue. This allows the gun to function better with less likelihood of jamming and malfunctioning. When used properly AIM CLP does not attract dust, dirt or sand.
We have gun owners asking us why our AIM Weapons Grade CLP is so expensive. The shortest answer is because it is the best available. No CLP can outperform AIM Weapons Grade CLP.
AIM Weapons Grade CLP:
-Is attracted to heat – the more you shoot the tighter it bonds to the metal
-Works in extreme conditions – whether that is hot or cold or wet or dry
-Liquifies carbon build-up and then resists further build-up
-Does not attract dust and dirt – in fact any excess lubricant should be wiped off – it is bonded to the metal, so no extra lubricant is needed
-Is non-toxic and non-hazardous with virtually no smell
-Is based on nanotechnology that forms an ionic bond with the metal surfaces
I worked with an AR-15 weapons manufacturer whose senior gunsmith had used AIM Weapons Grade CLP and told me it was the best he had ever used. When they were preparing an AR-15 to ship oversees they decided to conduct a real test with the weapon lubed with AIM Weapons Grade CLP. At the range they fired 15,000 rounds in fully automatic mode with no misfires or jams. Of course, they were ecstatic that their weapon was able to perform to that level, but also shocked when they disassembled the weapon, they found very little carbon build up and the weapon was still lubed and ready to fire more. They told me they had never witnessed a CLP that could do that.
This feedback matches the feedback we received from Dale Poling, owner of EliteIron in Montana. Dale is a competition shooter in addition to designing and manufacturing noise suppressors for high powered rifles. Dale told me of his experience shooting with AIM Weapons Grade CLP in below zero temperatures in Montana. He was shooting with friends preparing for competition with their high-powered rifles. He said his friend’s weapons were beginning to jam while his was having no difficulty – his was lubed with AIM Weapons Grade CLP. He said at their lunch break he cleaned his friends rifles quickly and applied AIM CLP. The remainder of the day went flawless with no jams. He reported that during a competition shoot that he shot 797 rounds with no misfires or jams. He now recommends AIM Weapons Grade CLP to all shooters.
A Desert Eagle 44 owner had a plugged gas port so that his weapons would not cycle when fired. He ordered all kinds of toxic chemicals from the internet and found nothing that would clear the plugged gas port. A friend of his gave him some AIM Weapons Grade CLP for Christmas. He decided to give it a try on his Desert Eagle with the plugged gas port. He dropped several drops on the port and let it sit overnight. The next morning when he dropped a few more drops on the gas port, he was surprised to see the AIM CLP go completely through the port. He took his weapon to the range and found that it fired and cycled. That day he adopted AIM Weapons Grade CLP on all his weapons with success.
AR-15 owners report to me that there is one location on their bolt that consistently builds up carbon that is difficult to remove. When these same owners try AIM Weapons Grade CLP they report back that they are amazed at how quickly AIM CLP liquifies the carbon build up and continued use of AIM CLP greatly reduces future buildup of carbon.
Try an experiment to see if you get the same outcome as so many other gun owners have. After you clean your weapon with the typical cleaners and lubes you use, run a patch treated with AIM Weapons Grade CLP through the barrel and let it sit overnight. The next morning run a clean patch through the barrel and see if AIM CLP lifted more carbon from the barrel. We have shooting ranges that have adopted AIM Weapons Grade CLP after trying this experiment on their range weapons. They find the weapons perform better, are cleaner, and easier to maintain once they adopt AIM Weapons Grade CLP.
We do not manufacture large batches of AIM Weapons Grade CLP during the manufacturing process. We are a company that focuses on quality and customer satisfaction. Our goal is quality and customer satisfaction, not matching the lowest price product on the market.
The short answer to the question is very straight forward.
-When exposed to dust and dirt, motor oil acts a strong attractant. There are reasons why they put a cap on the motor oil fill tube and dip stick. Any dust or dirt that gets into the engine immediately begins to create friction and wear in the engine itself. Imagine what would happen when that same dust and dirt sticks to the weapon’s action and bolt – wear, friction, and jamming are going to occur. Engine oil is designed to operate in a system that circulates the oil as a fluid through a filter that extracts any dust or dirt from the oil before it can accumulate on the metal parts. If circulation stops and dust and dirt are not filtered out then wear, friction, and jamming will occur.
-A gun has no means to circulate, filter, and clean the oil when dust and dirt are present. As a result protection from jamming, friction, and wear in a gun cannot occur with motor oil operating as it is designed to do.
-AIM Weapons Grade CLP is designed to bond to the metal and remain without attracting dust and dirt – no circulation of fluid or filtering is needed to keep the weapons protected and operating as it should.
AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant penetrates rusty bike, motorcycle, and ATV chains. A chain frozen with rust will become flexible after treatment with AIM. The penetration is to the metal where it bonds to provide lasting protection from further rust and corrosion. AIM even penetrates into the micro-spaces between the pins and rollers on the chain. One motorcyclist reported his chain was as smooth as new after treating it with AIM even though the motorcycle had been sitting idle for over 20 years.
AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant is a blend of biological and synthetic components in a light mineral oil base. Each separate component can be classified as an oil. It is non-toxic and non-hazardous with virtually no smell. Many of the non-toxic and non-hazardous lubricants are biological oils. While being safe to use, these products typically dry out and leave a residue behind that attracts dust and dirt. Many users of these lubricants are disappointed by the performance. AIM does not dry out and does not leave a residue – AIM bonds to the surface, penetrating into the asperities to remove carbon and residues while it protects. The bio-based lubricants do not have this same benefit.
AIM is a lubricant - WD-40 is a solvent. There are many people and many internet discussions about how WD-40 functions as a lubricant. This misconception is perpetuated by the fact that WD-40 appears to lubricate parts that are not functioning properly, but then to get the parts to continue to operate properly WD-40 gets reapplied and then reapplied and then reapplied. This works perfectly for WD-40 as they sell more product. But it is best to find a product to substitute that is a better alternative to WD-40.
The reality is the solvent aspects of WD-40 mobilize the material that was causing a problem with the working part so it appears to function again. In a short period of time WD-40 dries to leave a residue that includes the mobilized material that was causing the problem originally and the contents of WD-40 that remain. This residue attracts dust and dirt, carbon, and other materials that are present. It might even make the problem worse by continuing to add more WD-40. To use WD-40 properly one should apply it and then remove the mobilized material that was causing a problem and then apply a good penetrating lubricant that will not dry out and leave a residue. AIM lubricant can serve both the mobilizing function and lubricating function whereas WD-40 can only mobilize materials. AIM bonds to the parts and does not dry out and AIM does not attract dust and dirt. AIM liquefies carbon and does not allow it to bind again on the part. This is why users of AIM will note that the black carbon material seeps out and can be wiped away from the part. The AIM remains on the metal surface protecting, lubricating, and reducing friction, rust, and corrosion.
WD-40 is toxic, hazardous, highly flammable, with the characteristic odor of volatile organic compounds. PlanetSafe AIM is non-toxic, non-hazardous, slightly flammable, with virtually no smell. AIM is the best alternative to WD-40.
The strength of AIM is in its bio-synthetic active ingredients. The lubricant forms an ionic bond with the metal that strengthens as the metal heats. Other lubricants weaken as heat increases. In the presence of heat AIM adheres strongly at the microscopic level to the metal parts - penetrating even the smallest opening and imperfections to provide lubrication and protection.
AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant has virtually no smell. It is a bio-synthetic blended with light mineral oil. There are virtually no volatile organic compounds – the primary source of stink characteristic of most aerosol lubricants and cleaners. One mechanic told us his wife was happy that he did not come home smelling like PB ‘Blaster any more. We learned from the Border Patrol that their working dogs are out of commission whenever they treat the chains on their ATV’s, bikes, and motorcycles with WD-40. They tried AIM and found their dogs had no difficulties following lubricating with AIM.
Yes. AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant can be safely applied to many plastic and rubber surfaces to clean, lubricate, and protect.
AIM is a bio-synthetic formulation in a light mineral oil. AIM is generally not compatible with the following gaskets, seals, and hoses: Rubber, Silicone (VQM), Ethylene Propylene (EPDM, EPM), Styrene-Butadiene (SBR), Butyl (IIR), and Neoprene (Chloroprene, CR). A light coating or treatment will generally not adversely affect these surfaces, but prolonged soaking these products in AIM will likely lead to absorption of lubricant into the gasket/seal/hose and possibly cause swelling to occur.
AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant is a multi-purpose lubricant. We get feedback about new uses frequently. AIM had its first application as a lubricant for squeaky and jammed garage door rollers. Successful uses grew quickly to include: roller blade bearings, skateboard bearings, hedge clippers, knife blade lube, hinges, locks, bike, motorcycle, and ATV chains, pneumatic and air tools, power tools, chain saws, brake/clutch cables on bikes and motorcycles, exercise equipment, rusty bolts and nuts, sliding doors, hair clippers, CNC machines, cutting metal, threading, tapping, drilling, squeaky fans, rusty tools, yard equipment, weight lifting guide rods, and the list goes on and on. AIM works where metal meets metal or where plastic slides on metal or plastic.
PlanetSafe OT – Oil and Gear Treatment is an additive to treat oil and gear lubes. When added to the oil in the crankcase of an engine, it bonds to the metal to provide protection from friction and wear, preventing what is called a cold start. Most wear in an engine occurs when the engine is cold and starts before lubricant has circulated to the cylinder walls or bearings. With PlanetSafe OT the lubricant is bonded to the metal surface and prevents cold starts. Engines run smoother with lower friction and better performance.
PlanetSafe GT/DT – Gas and Diesel Treatment is an additive to treat gasoline or diesel fuel. When added to fuel PlanetSafe GT/DT provides a lubricant to the fuel parts – pumps, injectors, and upper cylinder. It provides long lasting protection while reducing friction and wear. Many customers report improved fuel economy, although driving habits are a good predictor of whether fuel economy will improve. We have many drivers who report more power and that allows them to accelerate quicker, go uphill faster, and get better response when they accelerate. If the reduction in friction is used in that way, one should not expect to see an improvement in fuel economy. It is probably better to think of GT/DT as a performance boost rather than fuel economy savings.
It is a good idea to use gloves when working with any lubricant. AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant is non-toxic and non-hazardous so technically wearing gloves is not required from a safety perspective. A small amount of lubricant on your hands will not hurt, but our products will stain clothing. We recommend using standard precautions typical of working with lubricants to avoid staining clothing or other materials.
We have retail stores successfully selling our products. We offer our products to resellers at a wholesale price and they resell them at the retail price. Send an email asking about options for your store to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or please fill out the form on the Become a Partner page and we will respond shortly.
Our production plant is located in St George, Utah. We ship in raw materials and blend them into final products and package them at our plant in St George.
Yes, there is a residual effect, but there are many variables at play here. Because there is a bond that occurs between the metal surfaces and PlanetSafe-OT there will be some benefits realized after a single treatment with PlanetSafe-OT. Because each engine has its own unique issues, the duration of the residual effect varies considerably. If the engine were in perfect running condition so that there is minimal “blow by” of combustion residue that gets past the cylinder rings, and no contaminants get into the oil system in any way, then it may be possible to get residual benefits by treating every other oil change. In reality there is no way to predict how long the residual benefits will last in every circumstance.
I have read that the only real benefit from fuel additives is the initial boost that comes from the “cleaning effect” of the additive. Under this scenario there is really only a need to use the fuel additive for a few tanks of gasoline every six months or so. Is this true with PlanetSafe – GT/DT Fuel Treatment?
Many fuel additives act mostly as cleaning agents that clean the injectors and combustion chamber of residue. There may be a slight benefit from PlanetSafe-GT/DT associated with a cleaning action, but our recommendation is that if you have an engine performance issue with dirty injectors or residue in your combustion chambers then use an additive specifically designed to remedy those issues. PlanetSafe-GT/DT is not designed for those purposes. PlanetSafe-GT/DT has two primary actions that provide benefits to your engine: 1- it adds lubricity to the moving parts of the fuel system – fuel pump, injectors, and moving parts and 2- it adds lubricity to the upper cylinder – the combustion cylinder. Independent laboratory tests demonstrate that PlanetSafe-GT/DT enhances lubricity. The industry standard test for lubricity is the High Frequency Reciprocating Rig Test using ASTM D-6079 HFRR Lubricity Test method. The result of the test is a wear scar measurement. The US standard wear scar for diesel fuel is to have fuel that results in a wear scar less than 520 micrometers. Refineries seek to meet the minimum requirements but will avoid adding costs to exceed the minimum. Vehicle manufacturers desire to have a smaller wear scar adopted as the standard. Independent lab tests show that PlanetSafe-GT/DT results in a wear scar of 360 micrometers – well below the industry standard.
Added lubricity reduces wear, reduces heat, and allows the parts to operate with less friction. We get reports frequently from users of PlanetSafe-GT/DT that the engines start easier, run smoother, and they experience more power. Just how the extra power is used is critical to whether fuel economy is enhanced.
The difference between AIM and AIM CLP is that we removed some of the penetrating capability from AIM and increased the lubrication capability. The reason we did this was to allow AIM CLP to work in fully automatic shooting for military and other applications were increased lubrication was important. Other than that the two products are the same.
If your applications do not require a boost in lubrication capabilities then AIM Extreme Duty Lubricant will work. Most individuals are not using fully automatic shooting options and their applications do not require that level of lubrication. Some individuals have found their personal weapon seems to have more friction than other weapons, so they need the extra lubrication that AIM CLP has.