SKF Duralife (V)

The fluoro rubber (FKM) compound, SKF Duralife1), has been developed by SKF and is characterized by its very good wear, thermal and chemical resistance. Its resistance to weather and ageing from UV light and ozone is also very good and its gas permeability is very slight.
SKF Duralife has exceptional properties even under harsh environmental conditions and can withstand operating temperatures up to 200 °C (390 °F). The material is also resistant to oils and hydraulic fluids, fuels and lubricants, mineral acids and aliphatics as well as aromatic hydrocarbons that would cause many other seal materials to fail. Seals made of SKF Duralife can also tolerate dry running of the lip for short periods. The seals should not be used in the presence of esters, ethers, ketones, certain amines and hot anhydrous hydrofluorides. Because of the compound’s valuable properties, SKF manufactures seals with sealing lips made of SKF Duralife for all common shaft diameters.


At temperatures above 300 °C (570 °F), all fluoro elastomers and PTFE compounds give off dangerous fumes. This can occur, for example, if a welding torch is used when removing a bearing. Although the fumes are only produced at such high temperatures, once heated, the seals will be dangerous to handle even when they have cooled down. If it is necessary to handle PTFE or fluoro elastomer seals that have been subjected to the high temperatures mentioned above, the following safety precautions should be observed:
  • Protective goggles and gloves should always be worn.
  • The remains of seals should be put in an airtight plastic container marked “Material will etch”.
  • Comply with the safety precautions included in the material safety data that can be provided upon request.

If there is contact with your skin, this should be washed with soap and plenty of water. Wash your eyes with plenty of water if these materials get into your eyes. A doctor should always be consulted. This also applies if the fumes have been inhaled.
  1. 1)Previously named LongLife
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