Neoprene rubber is well-known for its oil-resistant properties, thus making it best suited for applications that require good resistance to oil and petroleum based solvents. Neoprene rubber has excellent resistance to dilute acids, has good weathering and ozone resistance, and good resilience in hot and cold temperatures.
Nitrile rubber is best known for its outstanding chemical resistance to oils, solvents, and gasoline. It also has good resilience in extreme temperatures, good abrasion resistance, and permeability to gases. Nitrile is often used in pumps, hoses, seals, gaskets, and tubes that work with petroleum products due to its high resistances.
Silicone rubber is best known handling extreme environments and temperatures. It can normally handle temperatures at -150°F to 480°F. Silicone is water repellent and comes equipped with good UV and ozone resistance, fungus resistance, low compression set, tensile strength, elongation, and insulation from electricity, making it one of the most popular and versatile rubbers for many industries.
Viton is a fluoroelastomer polymer that is fuel resistant at extreme temperatures. It was introduced to the aerospace industry in 1957 and soon spread to other industries such as automotive, appliance, chemical, and fluid power industries. Viton has a high list of resistances including oil, heat, many concentrated acids, solvent, fungus, mold, UV rays, weather, and atmospheric oxidation.
EPDM rubber is best known for its outstanding resistance to elemental exposure to ozone, sun and oxygen. Additionally, EPDM is highly resistant to acids, akali and ketones and has a great resistance to heat and aging. EPDM is often used in electrical insulation applications due to its high resistances.