Friday, 22 June 2007

The Rejex Story

RejeX was originally developed for the US Air Force to stop turbine exhaust gases from tearing up paint and causing corrosion on aluminum airframes. But, the history of how RejeX came about requires a little more background.

The company that makes RejeX is a chemical research company that specializes in anti-corrosion products. Their biggest selling product is called CorrosionX, which is an incredible lubricant, penetrant & corrosion preventer. As a pentrant & lubricant, it’s far more powerful than WD-40 with roughly double the lubricity of Teflon. It’s the only product of its kind – outside of corrosion inhibiting paint and heavy wax coatings – that meets the current U.S. Mil Spec (a rugged series of tests that the US Navy controls) for corrosion prevention on military aircraft. Because it’s impossible to paint the inside of an airframe once its been assembled and because wax coatings don’t provide effective & reliable protection, CorrosionX is used by the military, and by extension, the general aviation market to protect aircraft (and avionics) from corrosion.

Because of their experience with corrosion-inhibiting products, this particular manufacturer was invited to speak at some of the military CPC (Corrosion Prevention & Control) conferences. These conferences address the issue of military equipment being degraded by corrosion, which costs the United States BILLIONS of dollars every year. Corrosion is the #1 cause of replacement & refurbishment in the military. So, the U.S. Congress has mandated that the various branches of the military develop these CPC programs to stop the rampant corrosion problem.

At one of these conferences at Patrick AFB (Florida), there were several discussions around one of the biggest corrosion problems on warfighting equipment - hydrocarbons in jet turbine exhaust, which is caustic to metals, destroys paint, and once it gets into the pores of aluminum, it starts a tough corrosion problem. CorrosionX eliminated the problem on the INSIDE of the aircraft and on the avionic circuitry, but obviously, the military can’t hose down the OUTSIDE of a plane with an oil-based lubricant like CorrosionX.

So, development began which resulted in RejeX. It proved to work extremely well in preventing the accumulation of corrosive exhaust gases and stopping the corrosion process on the aluminum skin of aircraft. Because of its effectiveness and its applicability to other users, RejeX was modified from the original formula to offer it to non-military customers. The only difference between the military version of RejeX used on F-18s and H-60 Black Hawk helicopters and the civilian-use version is that the civilian version shines like crazy.

Now that you know the background, here is a little product information in case you want to know more. RejeX is not harmful to paint like some products containing silicone oils. Products containing silicone oil (free silicone) will make a car shine really well, but it gets absorbed into paint, which causes very undesirable effects if you need to apply a new coat of paint in the future. Because the free silicone molecules have absorbed deep into the paint, and because they are very slippery, the new paint won’t stick unless the paint shop takes extreme measures to remove every bit of existing paint. Most car owners aren’t aware of the issues surrounding free silicones, but with RejeX you don’t have to worry about this issue at all!

Plus, RejeX is an extremely durable form of polymer. It is totally non-porous and produces such a high-release (slippery) surface that contaminants have a very hard time sticking to it. Plus, it provides a wicked shine because of its very high reflectivity. It’s actually clearer (more clear) than acrylic. It's also EXTREMELY resilient to chemicals, solvents, fuels, contaminants, and corrosive agents that can harm your vehicle’s finish. So while RejeX won’t completely stop bird droppings, tree sap, bug splatters and brake dust from accumulating on your car, it will eliminate a great deal of these problems, plus they will be a lot easier to clean off. And, RejeX causes water to bead like crazy!

RejeX was introduced in February 2002. After about a year, someone at Car & Driver magazine got a hold of a bottle. Their review of the product provided independent proof of the benefits described above, and started giving it broader recognition among car enthusiasts.

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