Plastic discoloured by chain oil

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Plastic discoloured by chain oil

Postby freiston » 11 Sep 2019, 9:34pm

A few week ago I put some Fenwicks All Condition synthetic chain lube into an empty eye drop bottle for taking on tour. The lube is red in colour (the label says "A specific blend of synthetic ingredients with additives to dramatically reduce corrosion, repel water and prolong component life") and now the white plastic eye-drop bottle has turned a lovely shade of pink. The bottle feels completely dry and non-oily/greasy. My uneducated instinct is that there is nothing to worry about but I thought it interesting enough to make the post and ask if anyone thinks there is any cause for concern, either with the container or the product (or something else).
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Re: Plastic discoloured by chain oil

Postby Brucey » 11 Sep 2019, 9:44pm

what kind of plastic is the container made of? It should have a symbol on the base which indicates this for recycling purposes.

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Re: Plastic discoloured by chain oil

Postby freiston » 11 Sep 2019, 9:52pm

Unfortunately, there is no recycling symbol/number - just a number which is different on each of the three (otherwise identical) bottles that I have. The plastic does feel very similar to a plastic bidon that I have - "4 - LDPE" (Low Density Polyethylene).

EDIT: The bottle the oil originally came in is PET.
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Re: Plastic discoloured by chain oil

Postby Brucey » 11 Sep 2019, 10:19pm

PET is very resistant to all kinds of chemicals, and LDPE isn't, so I can quite believe the small container is LDPE. For example I've had LDPE bidons become permanently stained by all kinds of things; e.g. certain types of mould produce a coloured chemical that can stain such bottles permanently.

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Re: Plastic discoloured by chain oil

Postby freiston » 12 Sep 2019, 9:41am

Thanks Brucey :)
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