Protecting the counterface surface against corrosion
The seal counterface surface should be protected from corrosion until the machine is operational. Be sure to use a rust inhibitor that will last for a year, whether or not the shaft is exposed.
The protective coating should be soluble in the medium to be retained and must not cause any chemical separation as this can impair the sealing performance.
When machines are transported, stored under unfavourable conditions, or out of service for extended periods, special rust inhibitors should be used. These rust inhibitors should form a tough, pliable waxy film that can be removed using neutral solvents that leave an oily residue.